Strategic Goal : Advance practical energy policies and support energy technology research, demonstration, and deployment, partnering with private sector to accelerate economic development and enhance environmental quality.
- Develop the State Energy Strategy to promote competitive energy prices, foster clean energy economy and job creation, and meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction requirements.
- Administer the state Clean Energy Fund and several federal programs providing loans and grants to companies and individuals for smart grid, energy efficiency, renewable energy , and clean energy RD & D.
- Regional energy policy planning through membership in five western state groups.
- Produce energy analysis and information including annual legislative reports.
- State lead for energy supply and security planning and response during emergencies.
- Coordinate efforts to support economically viable and environmentally sustainable bioenergy development.
State Energy Office News
On May 21, Governor Inslee signed the Operating Budget Bill ESHB 1109, the Capital Budget SHB 1102 and the Transportation Budget ESHB 1160. These bills provide funding for work in the Energy Division, including the following: Appliance Efficiency Standards Clean Energy Economy Clean Energy Fund Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Energy Efficiency Green Transportation Net Metering Rural Rehabilitation Loan Program State Efficiency and Environmental Performance Program Weatherization Weatherization Plus Health
The Clean Energy Transition Act (CETA) includes many responsibilities for Commerce. In many cases, the additional work builds on the agency’s role in leading energy policy development and its role in the existing clean energy law, the Energy Independence Act (EIA, also known as I-937). Responsibilities include: Assessing energy burden and energy assistance. Engaging stakeholders on state energy strategy and programs. Establishing reporting requirements for utilities. Adopting cost methodology rules.
Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Commerce announced over $8.2 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to 10 projects that will promote the development of research, development and demonstration of clean energy projects in Washington. “Since 2013, state Clean Energy Fund investments have helped incentivize public and private utilities and their partners to accelerate deployment of renewable energy technologies,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “Advancing the low-carbon economy
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
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
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
Electric Utility Resources
- Promoting Renewable Natural Gas in Washington State (PDF)
- Energy Emergencies
- PCC Benchmarking Policy Plan 2018 (DOC)
- 2019 Biennial Energy Report (PDF)
- Renewable Natural Gas Roadmap for WA State (PDF)
- Transportation and Fuels
- Electric Transportation in WA
- Solar SEEDS 2 Program
- DSIRE Incentive Database (website)
- Power and Conservation Council (website)
Carbon Policy Resources
- Carbon Tax Assessment Model (CTAM)
- EPA Clean Power Plan
- Exec Order 14-04, WA Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action (PDF)
- Exec Order 17-02 Autonomous Vehicle testing and Technology in WA State (PDF)
- Exec Order 18-01, State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (PDF)
- Electric Drive Washington