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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March 1, 2018
CleanTech Day in Olympia Recap
The growing impact of Washington’s cleantech sector was evident during the 2018 CleanTech Day in Olympia. “The people in this room are critical to a clean energy future,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “The rate of cleantech job creation in Washington is twice the rate of the rest of the economy. I expect to keep hearing […]

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February 27, 2018
Washington Legislative Session: Week 7 Update
Guest Contributor Brad Boswell of Boswell Consulting Week seven here in Olympia has now come to a close, putting the legislature only 12 days from the last day of session. It is looking likely that session will end on March 8th as scheduled, as many legislators are eager to resume campaigning for the 2018 elections […]

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February 20, 2018
Washington State Legislative Session: Week 6 Update
Guest Contributor Brad Boswell of Boswell Consulting Week six here in Olympia is now wrapped up, putting us over half way through the 2018 60-day legislative session. This was a big week for everyone as February 14th marked a significant calendar cutoff. Bills that were not passed out of their house of origin by 5:00 […]

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February 13, 2018
Washington State Legislative Session: Week 5 Update
Guest Contributor Brad Boswell of Boswell Consulting We are now five weeks into the 2018 Legislative Session and it is shaping up to be one of the busiest in the history of short sessions. The first two deadlines—for bills to pass out of their policy and financial committees—are behind us, meaning many bills that were […]

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February 6, 2018
Washington State Legislative Session: Week 4 Update
Guest Contributor: Brad Boswell of Boswell Consulting The table below gives an update on the status of current Senate and House bills related to energy, R&D, economic development, utilities and carbon. Bill # Abbrev. Title Short Description Status Sponsor Priority SHB 1233 Distributed energy Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future. H […]

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