Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council continues aerospace industry meetings in Kitsap County

Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council continues aerospace industry meetings in Kitsap County

Leaders in state’s “most affordable place to live” tout high educational attainment, multi-modal access to international markets, highly skilled labor pool and $6.1 billion defense economy as strengths in Washington’s bid to design and build proposed Boeing middle-market airplane. BREMERTON, WA – Leaders spearheading the effort to win design, production and final assembly of Boeing’s potential new middle-market airplane (NMA) met in Kitsap County today, where a $6.1 billion defense…

New Staff in the Energy Division

Brooke Harris is our new Housing Improvements and Preservation Innovation and Program Development Manager. She has more than 20 years’ experience administering housing rehabilitation programs for local governments. Brooke developed a housing program for the city of San Ramon, California that won national recognition as a best practice model and a state award for promoting social equity and environmental justice. Brooke contracted with Neighborhood Works as a reviewer evaluating and…

Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Funding

The Energy Division’s, Energy Contracts and Programs (ECAP) Unit anticipates opening the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants application period by the end of August. The application period will be open for a minimum of six weeks. A bidder’s conference will be announced and held as a webinar. As we receive questions, we will publish and update a Frequently Asked Questions document.  For more information on the grants, please visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/energy-efficiency-and-solar-grants/

Notice of Funding Opportunity—RD&D Program

Commerce has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for eligible Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) projects under the Clean Energy Fund program.  Applicant’s must be Washington-based entities seeking funds for clean energy projects. Initial applications are due on Aug. 31, 2018. All documents can be found on the Energy RD&D webpage at https://www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/clean-energy-fund/energy-rdd-clean-energy-fund/  

Geographic Eligibility of Renewable Resources under the Washington Renewable Portfolio Standard

Geographic Eligibility of Renewable Resources under the Washington Renewable Portfolio Standard

By Glenn Blackmon, Ph.D. Washington’s Energy Independence Act (EIA) requires that electric utilities over a certain size use renewable resources for a portion of the energy that they deliver to their retail customers. The EIA provides flexibility to utilities in the renewable resources that they can use to meet this requirement. However, like every other state renewable portfolio standard (RPS), the EIA also includes limitations on eligibility. Not just any…

Public Works Board approves over $5.4 million in loans to communities in need

Public Works Board approves over $5.4 million in loans to communities in need

Pre-construction loans will help 10 Washington communities pursue needed public infrastructure work OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board today awarded $5,430,540 in pre-construction loans to 10 cities, counties and water districts throughout the state. This is just the second time in five years the Board has had funding available to issue these low-interest loans for vital public infrastructure improvements to roads, water, sanitary sewer and street systems.…