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July 13, 2018
2018 Showcase Recap: Seinergy, LLC.
Guest Contributor Winston Kelly, UW Master’s of Public Administration Student, Environmental Advocate The following company gave a presentation at the 2018 CleanTech Innovation Showcase. Twenty-four companies and organizations presented as part of the full-day event that convenes the top cleantech innovators and leaders from across the region. Seinergy LLC Seinergy LLC, which was showcased by […]

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July 13, 2018
2018 Showcase Recap: Research Centers and City Partnerships
Guest Contributor Winston Kelly, UW Master’s of Public Administration Student, Environmental Advocate The following organizations gave presentations at the 2018 CleanTech Innovation Showcase. Twenty-four companies and organizations presented as part of the full-day event that convenes the top cleantech innovators and leaders from across the region. Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites – featuring Washington State […]

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July 13, 2018
2018 Showcase Recap: ChargePoint and UniEnergy Technologies
Guest Contributor Winston Kelly, UW Master’s of Public Administration Student, Environmental Advocate The following companies gave presentations at the 2018 CleanTech Innovation Showcase. Twenty-four companies and organizations presented as part of the full-day event that convenes the top cleantech innovators and leaders from across the region. ChargePoint Jason Smith, the regional director of northwest sales […]

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July 13, 2018
2018 Showcase Recap: WSU Solar Technology
Guest Contributor Andrew Braddock, Washington State University In 2017, 30% of all new electric generating capacity was solar power, second only to natural gas. The capacity is predicted to double over the next 5 years. Washington State University researchers are developing a photovoltaic material that could be more cost effective and efficient than current materials. […]

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July 13, 2018
2018 Showcase Recap: National Energy Technology Lab
Guest Contributor Andrew Braddock, Washington State University  Rare earth elements (REE) comprise 17 elements from the periodic table, and provide significant value to technology, national security, and economic growth. These elements are used in cell phones, hybrid engines, lasers, and medical devices just to name a few. There is a high demand for these elements […]

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Member News

July 12, 2018
Avista News: Hydro One CEO and Board Ousted in Political Shakeup
Source:  Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review, July 11, 2018. The future of Avista’s sale to Hydro One was unclear Wednesday evening, after the Canadian utility’s CEO was ousted Wednesday by Ontario’s new premier, and the entire board of directors submitted resignations. The Toronto-based utility had planned to purchase Avista in a $5.3 billion deal expected to […]

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June 28, 2018
WA Flexible Electronics Company and UW Team Win Federal Grant for Manufacturing
Source:  University of Washington Clean Energy Institute. MicroConnex is partnering with UW professor J. Devin MacKenzie to develop a new manufacturing process for printed flexible electronics at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds (June 28, 2018-Seattle, WA)  J. Devin MacKenzie, technical director of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds and Washington Research Foundation professor of clean energy, materials science and […]

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June 27, 2018
Daniel Schwartz Receives Presidential Award for Excellence
(Washington, DC–June 25, 2018)  President Trump named Daniel Schwartz of the University of Washington as a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).  Twenty-seven individuals and fourteen organizations were honored.  PAESMEM recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that […]

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June 27, 2018
CLEAN ENERGY FUND: Prospectus now available for new grants to nonprofit lenders
The Washington State Energy Office at the Department of Commerce will be accepting grant applications from nonprofit lenders in Washington to establish or expand revolving loan programs that promote widespread use of proven energy efficiency and renewable energy. These grants from the state Clean Energy Fund are intended to provide funding for projects that have been […]

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Public Policy

July 5, 2018
IRS Notice 2018-59 Clarifies Rules on Beginning of Construction of Solar Facilities to Qualify for the Investment Tax Credit
(July 3, 2018)  From K&L Gates:  Authors: Charles H. Purcell, Jason P. Walton, Elizabeth C. Crouse, Won-Han Cheng, Rachel D. Trickett. On June 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) issued Notice 2018-59 (the “Notice”), which deals with the “begin construction” test that is applicable to solar projects. More specifically, the newly issued guidance clarifies the eligibility requirements applicable to […]

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June 27, 2018
CLEAN ENERGY FUND: Prospectus now available for new grants to nonprofit lenders
The Washington State Energy Office at the Department of Commerce will be accepting grant applications from nonprofit lenders in Washington to establish or expand revolving loan programs that promote widespread use of proven energy efficiency and renewable energy. These grants from the state Clean Energy Fund are intended to provide funding for projects that have been […]

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March 28, 2018
CleanTech Alliance Board Urges Support for DOE Energy Research Program
The Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) program plays an important role in maintaining America’s global leadership in energy technologies. The CleanTech Alliance Board of Directors is urging Congress to support our competitiveness and energy security by funding ARPA-E in the 2019 appropriations bill at least at $375 million level. ARPA-E […]

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March 12, 2018
2018 End of Session Legislative Report
The 2018 Legislative Session officially came to a close on Thursday, March 8th. This was in keeping exactly with the 60-day schedule legislators promised in light of campaign eagerness and session fatigue.

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March 6, 2018
Washington Legislative Session: Week 8
Guest Contributor Brad Boswell of Boswell Consulting It is officially the home stretch in Olympia with the 2018 legislative session scheduled to adjourn on Thursday, March 8th and every indication is that they will adjourn on time.  The end of this eighth week marked the crucial opposite house cutoff and accompanying death of hundreds of […]

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Opportunities

July 18, 2018
REMADE Funds Plastics and E-Scrap Recycling Research
Source:  Resource Recycling, July 17, 2018, Colin Staub. Projects advancing plastics and scrap electronics recovery will receive funding through a federal initiative to save energy and support U.S. manufacturing. The REMADE (Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions) Institute announced July 11 its first round of projects to receive funding. The REMADE Institute launched in early 2017 and has been working through […]

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July 16, 2018
Research, Development and Demonstration Program (RD&D): Clean Energy Fund (CEF)
The Washington State Clean Energy Fund enables a mix of projects administered by Commerce’s State Energy Office. Projects must provide a public benefit to the citizens of Washington through development, demonstration, and deployment of clean energy technologies that save energy and reduce energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions, or otherwise increase energy independence for the state.  […]

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July 11, 2018
Online Access Point Provides Unprecedented Access to National Lab Researchers and Information
Source:  U.S. Department of Energy. (Washington, D.C.–July 10, 2018)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially launched the Lab Partnering Service (LPS), an on-line, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. This tool will provide industry with a more efficient way to […]

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July 6, 2018
An Opportunity to Make Impressive Chinese Connections That Make a Difference
(July 3, 2018-Seattle, WA)  Background:  The Chinese Consulate in San Francisco brought a delegation of Chinese energy companies to Seattle in early July looking for meetings with companies that focus on renewable energy.  On July 3, the delegation met with board members of the CleanTech Alliance. CleanTech Alliance member companies are encouraged by the Chinese Consulate […]

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June 27, 2018
CLEAN ENERGY FUND: Prospectus now available for new grants to nonprofit lenders
The Washington State Energy Office at the Department of Commerce will be accepting grant applications from nonprofit lenders in Washington to establish or expand revolving loan programs that promote widespread use of proven energy efficiency and renewable energy. These grants from the state Clean Energy Fund are intended to provide funding for projects that have been […]

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