The Washington State Energy Office provides technical, analytical and policy support to the state on federal and regional energy policies and legislation. In addition, we manage federal and state energy grant programs. Staff review key energy issues and coordinate energy-related emergency response and preparedness for Washington state.

Our state is working to reduce carbon pollution by making its energy systems cleaner and more efficient. Our staff studies carbon reduction impacts of policies and programs. The work includes support for greenhouse gas reduction policy work and cooperative agreements to limit carbon pollution.

State Energy Office News

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.

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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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