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

Commerce Hosts National Training Conference

It’s not every day that Commerce gets to co-sponsor a national training conference, but we did this past week from Sept. 17 – 21. Bellevue, Washington was the site of the NASCSP (National Association for State Community Services Programs) annual training conference. States across the country sent program managers and staff of their Weatherization Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) to an action-packed week of training, updates

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Snohomish PUD Groundbreaking for Arlington Microgrid

Bob Kirchmeier and others helped move the first dirt at the Snohomish PUD’s groundbreaking for the Arlington Microgrid and Clean Energy Technology Center Project. This is a Clean Energy Fund project which represents a new technology and approach offering grid resiliency and renewable energy integration. The project will include a 500-kilowatt solar array with smart inverters, a 1,000 kW/1,000 kWh lithium-ion battery storage system and several vehicle-to-grid charging stations for use

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New Staff in the Energy Division

The State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) program is moving forward with the hiring of Hanna Waterstrat as Assistant Director of the program. Hanna has been the Staff Services Manager at the Department of Ecology for the last four years, where she led agency participation with the SEEP Executive Order and provided guidance on environmental performance, including oversight of greenhouse gas reporting for Ecology operations statewide. Hanna was sometimes referred

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What’s happening in the Energy Division for September 2018?

The Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Grants pre-application period is closed. Due to the large volume of applications, there will be a delay in notifications for Phase Two. The full application period will be delayed. Updates will be posted on the webpage. The Grid Modernization Program will be accepting concept applications starting Sept.17. A bidders conference call will be Sept. 19. You must submit an application to be considered for

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Orcas Power and Light Microgrid and Solar Array

This 504 kW community solar array has been installed in the San Juan Islands on Decatur Island and co-located with a recently modernized substation where the primary submarine cables from the mainland terminate. With assistance from a Clean Energy Fund grant, Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) will be procuring additional services and assets to be located at the Decatur Island Substation. It will include a 500 kW/2.0 MWh energy storage

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Notice of Funding Opportunity—CEF3 Solar Program

We will open the Solar Deployment Program grant application period next week. It will be open to Washington-based entities developing solar generating projects. The program has $1,552,000 in state funds and $2,328,000 from U.S. Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, which will be competitively awarded. Priorities will be given to: Distribution side projects Projects capable of generating at least 500 kilowatts of direct current generating capacity applicants

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