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

Trade Magazine Profiles Weatherization Plus Health Partnership

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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Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS)

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

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

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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National Home Performance Coalition Conference

The 2019 National Home Performance Coalition (HPC) Conference and Trade Show was held in Chicago this past week. The conference was an exciting and informational experience for attendees, focusing on weatherization and networking opportunities. Washington state was represented by Department of Commerce employees Donn Falconer, Britt Pomush, Laura Viik and Vince Schueler from the Washington State University Energy Program. Washington’s Weatherization Network had representatives from the Community Action Council of

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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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