Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.25 million in five counties

Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.25 million in five counties

Grants and low-interest loans support economic development to strengthen communities in Adams, Grant, Mason, Skamania and Walla Walla counties. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $2.25 million in loans and grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the cities of Othello, Stevenson and College Place and the ports of Moses Lake, Royal Slope and Shelton.

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Weatherization Agency Staff Leads on New Technology

Weatherization Agency Staff Leads on New Technology

We are lucky to have a talented workforce of experienced building professionals running and managing our 24 local weatherization program around Washington state. One of these professionals is Charlie Rogers, property rehabilitation specialist with Homewise, at the City of Seattle Office of Housing. Charlie was recently profiled on the cover of “Accelerate America” magazine for his work on carbon dioxide heat pump water heaters, a new energy saving technology he’s

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U.S. Dept. of Energy Awards

U.S. Dept. of Energy Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer awards have been announced for 2018 Phase 2 Release 1. Congratulations to the following grantees: Olympic Research, Inc. of Port Townsend, WA (Controlled-Porosity Ceramic Materials for High Temperature Downhole Applications). Vista Clara Inc. of Mukilteo WA (Dynamic NMR Logging Technologies for High-Resolution Measurement of Hydrogeologic Properties and Soil Response). Congratulations also to ThorCon of Stevenson WA.

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Renewable and Conservation Project Review under I-937

The Energy Office provides advisory opinions on renewable or conservation projects to see if they meet the law requirements under the Energy Independence Act of 2006. Utilities and project developers can find out if a renewable or conservation project meets the targets by applying for a review. Currently there are six pending solar applications posted on our advisory page. Comments on these applications should be submitted by May 11, 2018.

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Welcome Hans Berg!

The Energy Division’s Energy Contracts and Programs (ECAP) Unit is pleased to announce that Hans Berg is joining us as the Energy Contracts Supervisor.  ECAP manages the Clean Energy Fund, the Solar and Energy Efficiency Grant Program and other energy related contracts. Hans joined Commerce’s Housing Improvements and Preservation (HIP) Unit in 2014. As HIP’s Weatherization Leverage Manager, Hans helped administer Weatherization programs with Bonneville Power Administration, Department of Energy, Health

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Building Bridges Out of Poverty

Our Washington State Weatherization Assistance Program staff are getting together in Phoenix the week of May 21 with their western states co-workers to learn the latest in weatherization and building science at the 2018 Energy OutWest conference. One thing you might not have expected them to talk about, though, is poverty – how it moves through generations, how it limits people’s choices and how we can better serve families in

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Washington State’s Vision for Energy System Transformation

In April, Commerce’s Director, Brian Bonlender spoke at the IEEE-Northwest Energy Systems Symposium. The following is our summary of his speech. He discussed the many changes occurring in the electric energy industry. In Washington, we have a vision for our energy future—choosing strong, progressive policies based on what makes sense for our state and regional energy systems, environment and the long-term sustainability of our economy. The changes shaping Washington’s electric

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State delegation connects with new tech, new business in Germany

State delegation connects with new tech, new business in Germany

Following is a brief wrap-up from Commerce International Trade Specialist Andrew Crowder on this year’s ChooseWashington delegation to Hannover Messe 2018. Where could you see German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Pena Nieto fist bump a robot? Hannover Messe, of course! With 5,800 exhibitors and 210,000 professional trade visitors, “the Messe” is the largest industrial trade show in the world. The interplay between automation and energy technology, IT platforms

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Gov. Inslee approves Opportunity Zones in communities across Washington

Gov. Inslee approves Opportunity Zones in communities across Washington

Special designation provides federal tax incentives for development in low-income areas OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee today approved 139 census tracts in 36 counties for “Opportunity Zone” status, enabling them to offer special federal tax breaks to encourage development and job creation. See a map and list of Washington’s newly designated Opportunity Zones. “Opportunity Zones have the potential to provide a much-needed boost to communities and target development projects,

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