The CleanTech Alliance Government Affairs Committee met with Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman during its May meeting.
Fred has served on the Commission for over three years. He has made cleantech and environmental issues his top priorities.
Commissioner Felleman told the Committee that the Washington State Clean Energy Fund was important to the Port of Seattle. This includes the Maritime Blue program. Jobs, he told us, are a #1 seller.
The Port has an objective of decarbonizing the maritime sector. This is will be a difficult task. “Ships are very dirty,” he said, “Maritime energy has been dependent on these fuels because of great efficiency inherent in current fuels.” Cleaning up the maritime sector will need to include technologies to scrub existing fuels, biofuels, robust electrification, and new technologies. A Low Carbon Fuel Standard would also have significant impact.
Commissioner Felleman is currently Vice President of the Port Commission. He is a Managing Member of the Northwest Seaport Alliance and serves on the Commission’s Energy and Sustainability Committee. He has a Master of Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.
The Government Affairs Committee meeting took place on May 16, 2019 and included a briefing by CleanTech Alliance lobbyist Brad Boswell on the recently concluded Washington legislative session. The meetings are open to all CleanTech Alliance members.