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

2019 Biennial Energy Report

The 2019 Biennial Energy Report has been published and is ready for reading. This years report provides analysis in: Deep decarbonization and electrification Energy efficiency and renewable energy Updated fuel mix disclosure mechanism Equity considerations in the clean energy transition Energy resilience Investment Regional energy issues

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Weatherization Plus Health Gains National Exposure to Model and Partnerships

It’s been a busy start to 2019 for Commerce’s Weatherization Plus Health program. We’ve participated in several regional and national forums and shared the structure and results of our Plus Health work providing lasting home and client health improvements. Dec. 17, Vince Schueler, our WSU Energy Program Evaluation partner, shared results of our evaluation with a Working Group of Vermont, Connecticut, and New York weatherization programs working on development of

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Pierce County Healthy Homes Case Study Data Report Released

In late January, Commerce’s Weatherization Plus Health Program, and partners Washington State University Energy Program, Pierce County Human Services (Weatherization Program), and Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department released an analysis of the Weatherization Plus Health Partnership work done in Pierce County from 2016 – 2018. The partnership built on earlier collaborations between Pierce County Human Services and the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department’s asthma outreach program. For the Plus Health partnership, the

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Weatherization Plus Health Expands Health Benefits Documentation

Commerce’s Weatherization Plus Health and the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program are bringing on new research partners – Three3, Ellen Tohn and Associates and the National Center for Healthy Homes (NCHH).  This team of national experts will help Commerce and the WSU Energy Program detail improved health outcomes to clients receiving Weatherization Plus Health services and estimate health benefit values. Over the next six months this team will develop:

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January 2019 Update on Clean Energy Fund Programs

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

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.

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