Legislative Changes to Existing Energy Programs

Legislative Changes to Existing Energy Programs

  • May 10, 2019

By Glenn Blackmon, Ph.D. The 2019 Legislature adopted some big new energy policies – notably the clean electricity standard and the performance standard for existing commercial buildings – but it also made important changes to Washington’s existing energy laws. These are summarized here, and more information is available by reading the bill reports prepared by legislative staff. Power Source Disclosure (Fuel Mix) Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1428 reforms the fuel

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Congress Working to Reauthorize the Weatherization Assistance Program

  • May 10, 2019

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both introduced bills in April to reauthorize the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The current authorization expired Sept. 30, 2012. H.R. 2041, The Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act has a number of updates that will acknowledge the changing goals and landscape of weatherization. Some of the updates are below: Reauthorizes WAP for up to $350 million for each of

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Solar Plus Strategies Meeting

  • May 10, 2019

The Department of Commerce hosted the Solar Plus All Hands Meeting, composed of a group funded by the SEEDS2-SES grant through the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. It aims to build capacity around solar deployments in Washington and Oregon. A broad stakeholder group attended, including environmental justice advocates, utilities, solar installers, community-based organizations and other state agencies. The event included presentations, such as work by the Oregon

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May 2019 Update on Clean Energy Fund Programs

  • May 10, 2019

The Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) grant awards will tentatively be announced by May 31. The Grid Modernization Program is awarding grants to four projects. Pending final contract negotiations, the awardees are: Avista Utilities—Eco-district Grid Modernization Project Orcas Power and Light—Lopez Village Adaptive Micro-grid with Hybrid Storage Project Puget Sound Energy— The Smart Capacity Analysis, Learning and Engagement Project Tacoma Power—Liquid Air Energy Storage Project Grants range from $1 –

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Commerce awards $1.6 million for solar energy projects

Commerce awards $1.6 million for solar energy projects

  • April 18, 2019

One Energy Development, Peninsula Light Company and TUUSSO Energy win latest round of state Clean Energy Fund grants targeting expansion of solar energy around the state OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced over $1.6 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to three projects that will advance the development of solar energy in Washington. “Since 2013, state Clean Energy Fund investments have

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Trade Magazine Profiles Weatherization Plus Health Partnership

  • April 17, 2019

It’s always nice to get recognition for our work, especially when it shares our ideas with a broader audience. The Energy Division Low-Income Weatherization Program’s Weatherization Plus Health efforts got a nice dose of coverage this month in a cover article in the March 2019 Healthy Indoors Magazine. The article profiled the innovative partnership between our Pierce County Human Services local weatherization program and the Clean Air for Kids Asthma

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Commerce announces $10.6 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants for grid modernization

Commerce announces $10.6 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants for grid modernization

  • April 16, 2019

Four utility projects will advance Washington state’s leading efforts in clean and renewable energy technology innovation for building a more efficient, resilient and economical power grid.  OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce has selected four proposed electric grid modernization projects to receive grants from the Washington Clean Energy Fund.  Pending final contracts, Avista, Orcas Power and Light, Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power are eligible for a total of

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Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS)

Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS)

  • April 11, 2019

On April 3, Commerce hosted more than 60 attendees, both in person and by webinar and call-in, at an information session for people interested in helping to shape the important upcoming Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) Grants Program, supported by the Clean Energy Fund. The ETS program will provide grants to Washington local governments and retail electric utilities for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The program aims to support eligible applicants

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Commerce attends the Global Energy Solutions Summit

  • April 8, 2019

The National Governor’s Association (NGA), along with the Embassy of Canada, Denmark and Australia, hosted a two day summit in Washington D.C., highlighting three emerging technologies: offshore wind, energy storage and carbon capture utilization and storage. The summit examined how innovative activities and policies from each country foster deployment and development for these technologies. Attendees included the Governor of Connecticut, the newly appointed Ambassador of Denmark as well as high

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Vashon Bioenergy Farm Ribbon Cutting and Tour

Vashon Bioenergy Farm Ribbon Cutting and Tour

  • April 8, 2019

The Farm’s Ribbon Cutting and Tour is scheduled to be held on April 16. Vashon Bioenergy Farm is a community-scale bioenergy system on Vashon Island. The project, through Impact Bioenergy, was funded under the Clean Energy Fund II for RD&D, Sustainable Energy Trust, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, and great partners on Vashon. For every ton of “waste” that would otherwise have been long-haul exported, the NAUTILUS

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