December 2018 Update on Clean Energy Fund Programs

The RD&D application period closed on Nov. 13. They are being evaluated and awardees will be announced Feb. 21. The Solar Deployment application period closed on Dec. 3, but are still accepting applications. Awardees will be notified Jan. 22. Grid Modernization application period closes Dec. 28 with awardees announced on Feb. 20. Electrification of Transportation (ET) program will issue a Notice of Funding Opportunity on Jan. 19.

New Energy Emergency Planner

Elizabeth “Eli” King joined the Commerce and the State Emergency Office as the energy emergency planner on Nov. 16. Eli has recently earned her Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential, in addition she is a nationally-renown educator and is an instructor for FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. She is certified to teach FEMA’s Incident Command System (ICS), Master Exercise Practitioner Program, Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program, Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture

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What’s happening in the Energy Division – November 2018

Update on the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) RD&D Program Applicants were notified of their Phase 2 eligibility on Oct. 9. They have until Nov. 3 to submit their full application. Information on the program is on the RD&D webpage. Update on the CEF Grid Modernization Program The Grid Modernization concepts were due Oct. 15.  Eleven projects were submitted. Eligible applicants were notified Oct. 30 and full applications are due on

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Local Weatherization Agency Supports Centralia Community Transition

Our Community Action Council – Lewis, Mason, Thurston County local weatherization agency was awarded $700,000 in its second three-year grant from the Community Weatherization Fund to provide low-income weatherization in Lewis and South Thurston counties. The competitive grant is part of a $55 million package of transition assistance to the Centralia area to help in the transition to the closing of the TransAlta coal plant. Read the TransAlta press release and

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New Staff for Alternative Fuels and Vehicles

The State Energy Office welcomes Michael Breish into the Energy Division as an Energy Policy Specialist focusing on alternative vehicle fuels and transportation electrification. He is very excited to be returning to civil service and to help Washingtonians have access to cleaner, diversified and more affordable transportation. Having worked with Energy Division folks in his previous role, he’s already grateful to be working with passionate individuals who comprise a great

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Governor Proclaims Washington Weatherization Day 2018

Gov. Inslee has recognized the work of the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program for the past 39 years in Washington State with an Oct. 30 proclamation of Weatherization Day 2018. New innovations and program expansions were made this year including: Weatherization Plus Health was expanded to include 15 local agencies around the state with plans for service to 220 households. Home Rehabilitation Loan Program was created to provide low-income rural residents

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Commerce Hosts National Training Conference

Commerce Hosts National Training Conference

It’s not every day that Commerce gets to co-sponsor a national training conference, but we did this past week from Sept. 17 – 21. Bellevue, Washington was the site of the NASCSP (National Association for State Community Services Programs) annual training conference.

Snohomish PUD Groundbreaking for Arlington Microgrid

Bob Kirchmeier and others helped move the first dirt at the Snohomish PUD’s groundbreaking for the Arlington Microgrid and Clean Energy Technology Center Project. This is a Clean Energy Fund project which represents a new technology and approach offering grid resiliency and renewable energy integration. The project will include a 500-kilowatt solar array with smart inverters, a 1,000 kW/1,000 kWh lithium-ion battery storage system and several vehicle-to-grid charging stations for use

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New Staff in the Energy Division

The State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) program is moving forward with the hiring of Hanna Waterstrat as Assistant Director of the program. Hanna has been the Staff Services Manager at the Department of Ecology for the last four years, where she led agency participation with the SEEP Executive Order and provided guidance on environmental performance, including oversight of greenhouse gas reporting for Ecology operations statewide. Hanna was sometimes referred

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