January 2019 Update on Clean Energy Fund Programs

  • January 8, 2019

The final review of RD&D applications is underway and Commerce anticipates announcing awardees the week of  Feb. 21. The Solar Deployment application period closed on Dec. 3 and are currently under review. Additional applications are being accepted, with a review timeframe pending. Grid Modernization application period closed Dec. 28. We received five applications. After going through the review period, awardees will be announced on Feb. 20. Electrification of Transportation (ET)

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Update on the Energy Efficiency and Solar Program

  • January 8, 2019

The Energy Efficiency and Solar (EE&S) application period closed on Dec. 31. We received 88 applications, over half were for solar projects. The Governor’s budget has a $35 million request for this program (up from $10 million this year). Awardees should be announced by March 1.

Utility Resource Planning

  • January 8, 2019

Electric utilities in Washington vary in size and scope of operations. This is reflected in the way utilities approach resource planning and forecasting. Larger utilities typically use multiple sources of electricity supply to meet their customers’ requirements and engage in sophisticated assessments of risks and benefits in evaluating alternative sources of new energy. Many smaller utilities rely on a single supplier to supply all of the power required by their

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December 2018 Update on Clean Energy Fund Programs

  • December 7, 2018

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

  • December 7, 2018

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

  • November 6, 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

  • November 6, 2018

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

  • November 6, 2018

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

  • November 6, 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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