February 20, 2019
Retrolux Product Announcement: Audit 3.0 is Here!
Retrolux is the leading lighting & controls sales platform, Built by and for the lighting industry: Lighting Retrofit Contractors, ESCOs, Manufacturers,  & Building Owners About 6 months ago, the Retrolux development team was challenged with the goal of having our customers be able to 100% customize their audit. While this was a lofty goal, and one that required many late nights, countless […]

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February 19, 2019
Week 5: 2019 WA Legislative Session Report
February 15, 2019:  Week Five Week five was an unusual one here in Olympia with Monday’s winter storm causing leadership to cancel all committee meetings and ultimately shut down the capitol for a brief 24 hours—a very rare occurrence during the legislative session. This delay resulted in the harried rescheduling of countless bills and jam-packed hearings […]

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February 13, 2019
CleanTech Job Growth: Bureau of Labor Statistics
CleanTech Job Growth (from Dan Schwartz) Here is a link to the dynamic BLS Employment tables which are constantly updated. Go to the percent increase table and click on it, and it will order the table by highest to lowest. The table now shows Solar Installer as #1 in percent growth over the next 10 years.  Wind Service […]

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February 13, 2019
Output Based Pricing System – Canada (From Wolf Lichenstein)
Output Based Pricing System – Canada (Courtesy of Wolf Lichenstein) This legislation would apply to any province that doesn’t already have a GHG program. So, BC likely won’t be opting in and Ontario will be forced to as they dropped their pricing program under Ford. https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/pricing-pollution-how-it-will-work/output-based-pricing-system.html https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/climate-action/pricing-carbon-pollution/output-based-pricing-system.html  

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February 13, 2019
Oregon Cap and Invest Bill HB 2020
The Oregon Cap and Invest Bill HB 2020 (courtesy of John Bush) You can find the overview page here. Joint Carbon Reduction Committee Page:  This page has lists meetings and videos of testimony.  Clicking on circle next to meeting date will take you to testimony.  Most recent meetings have been very substantive on both sides: […]

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February 11, 2019
Week 4: 2019 WA Legislative Session Report
February 8, 2019: Week 4 Week four here in Olympia was marked by the first chamber-wide votes on several pieces of fast-tracked legislation, an official appointment to the 40th district open Senate seat (Liz Lovelett, an Anacortes City Councilmember), and—most overwhelmingly—frigid temperatures and an impending winter weather crisis. Although Olympia very rarely shuts down during session, […]

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February 6, 2019
DOE Launches Challenge to Seek Innovative Ideas for Improving the Electric Grid’s Use of Technology and Practices
Contest to Award $1 Million for Ideas That Advance the Resilience and Reliability of the Nation’s Bulk Power System (February 4, 2019–Washington, DC)  Today, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity, Bruce J. Walker, announced the launch of the “Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge,” a contest that seeks innovative ideas on how to […]

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February 4, 2019
Week 3: 2019 WA Legislative Session Report
February 2, 2019: Week Three We are officially now three weeks into this long 2019 session and bill introductions, committee work sessions and public hearings, and citizen lobby days continue to consume the capitol. At this point, over 1600 bills have been introduced on an increasingly-wide range of issues, although it does appear that the […]

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January 31, 2019
Week 2: 2019 WA Legislative Session Report
January 25, 2019:  Week Two Week two has concluded and we are now 12 days in to this 105-day session. This was another busy week here in Olympia as freshman legislators vied to make themselves known in a sea of new faces, prospective 2020 leaders emerged, and a wave of progressive policy proposals continued to appear […]

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