May 6, 2020
Washington Coronavirus Response
Source: Washington Department of Commerce, May 6, 2020 The Business and Workers update is a weekly newsletter providing news and information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The information is compiled by the state Economic Resiliency Team (ERT), part of the Joint Information Center at Camp Murray. Gov. Inslee announces Safe Start […]

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May 4, 2020
City leaders aim to shape green recovery from coronavirus crisis
Source: Matthew Taylor & Sandra Laville, The Guardian, May 1, 2020 Cities around the world are already planning for life after Covid-19, with a series of environmental initiatives being rolled out from Bogotá to Barcelona to ensure public safety and bolster the fight against climate breakdown. Mayors from cities in Europe, the US and Africa […]

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May 4, 2020
Clean Energy Could Get Americans Back To Work Post-Pandemic
Source: Justine Calma, The Verge, April 30, 2020 Transforming America into a country that runs on clean energy is one way experts hope to alleviate the devastating economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With unemployment soaring and oil prices in a free fall, it’s looking highly unlikely that the US will simply step back into […]

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May 4, 2020
Cheap oil? A pandemic? No big deal for renewable energy, experts say
Source: Linda Givetesh, NBC, May 2, 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic began to sweep through Spain, workers on the 500-megawatt Núñez de Balboa solar park didn’t stay at home while the country went into lockdown. Instead, they donned protective gear and made other safety adjustments to bring the almost 4 square miles of panels online. On April 6, […]

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May 4, 2020
Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- May 4
Source: Washington Department of Commerce, May 4, 2020 Announcements First discussion draft rule language posted Commerce’s first discussion draft rule language is now available here. Stakeholders will have opportunities to discuss and comment on these rules at upcoming workshops. Please submit written comments by June 15. Commerce and Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) announce June 16 […]

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May 1, 2020
UTC Markets Stakeholder Work Group Recap
On April 30, 2020, the UTC hosted a Market Stakeholder Work Group virtual webinar to talk about the basics of energy markets and transmission. First, Rick Link from PacifiCorp talked about Integrated Resource Planning and how utilities need to look ahead at what resources will be available in the coming years. Then, Ravi Aggarwal from […]

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May 1, 2020
Are Energy Jobs the Key to Rebuilding the Economy?
Source: Aspen Institute, April 30, 2020 Former US Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz sits down with Axios reporter Amy Harder on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day to discuss our climate and energy agenda in a post-COVID world. Will oil make a comeback? What are the implications of public debt on budget-intensive clean energy initiatives? Will […]

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April 30, 2020
Clean Energy Business Network Bulletin- April 30
Source: Clean Energy Business Network, April 30, 2020  Last week, we announced our new webinar with BCSE, Powering Forward. Episode 2 is scheduled for May 20th. We also launched our COVID-19 Small Business Resource Center. This week, the Senate plans to return to DC on Monday, the House will delay its return, and BNEF reports that solar and […]

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April 29, 2020
PPP Progress Report
Source: US Small Business Administration, April 29, 2020 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Progress Report Yesterday morning the SBA resumed processing PPP loans with additional funding from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act signed into law April 24. The following is a national snapshot progress report of PPP loan approvals made yesterday through this morning:   […]

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April 28, 2020
UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- April 28
Source: Washington Department of Commerce, April 28, 2020 The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission invites the public to participate in its work to implement Washington’s 2019 clean energy legislation. The 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act requires electric utilities to transition to a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by 2030 and source 100% of their electricity from […]

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