April 18, 2019
Commerce awards $1.6 million for solar energy projects
Source: Department of Commerce, April 18  The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced over $1.6 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to three projects that will advance the development of solar energy in Washington. “Since 2013, state Clean Energy Fund investments have helped incentivize public and private utilities and their partners to accelerate […]

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April 18, 2019
Commerce announces $10.6 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants for grid modernization
Source: Department of Commerce, April 16 The Washington State Department of Commerce has selected four proposed electric grid modernization projects to receive grants from the Washington Clean Energy Fund.  Pending final contracts, Avista, Orcas Power and Light, Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power are eligible for a total of $10.6 million in state funds. Individual grants range […]

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April 18, 2019
Commerce attends the Global Energy Solutions Summit
Source: Commerce.WA.Gov, April 11 The National Governor’s Association (NGA), along with the Embassy of Canada, Denmark and Australia, hosted a two day summit in Washington D.C., highlighting three emerging technologies: offshore wind, energy storage and carbon capture utilization and storage. The summit examined how innovative activities and policies from each country foster deployment and development for these technologies. […]

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April 18, 2019
Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS)
Source: Commerce.WA.Gov, April 11 On April 3, Commerce hosted more than 60 attendees, both in person and by webinar and call-in, at an information session for people interested in helping to shape the important upcoming Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) Grants Program, supported by the Clean Energy Fund. The ETS program will provide grants to Washington […]

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April 18, 2019
Department of Energy Announces $20 Million for Artificial Intelligence Research
Souce: Energy.gov, April 17 The DOE announced a total of $20 million in funding for innovative research and development in artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning. DOE’s Office of Electricity has selected eight projects to receive nearly $7 million in total to explore the use of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies to […]

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April 18, 2019
Department of Energy Announces $95 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants
Source: Energy.gov, April 15  U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry today announced that the Department of Energy will award 86 grants totaling $95 million to 74 small businesses in 21 states.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development.  Small […]

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April 15, 2019
Week 13: 2019 WA Legislative Session Report
April 14, 2019: Week Thirteen. Week 13 here in Olympia has come and gone and with it the last of committee action on bills that are still making their way through the legislature. Following Tuesday’s deadline for bills with a budget impact to be voted out of their opposite-house fiscal committee, legislators turned back to […]

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April 12, 2019
WA House passes 100% Clean Electricity
Source: NWEnergy.org, April 12 Today, SB 5116, the 100% Clean Electricity bill, passed the Washington House of Representatives by a vote of 56-42.The bill will now go back to the Senate, which has already passed a slightly different version, for concurrence. When finally enacted, SB 5116 will put Washington’s electric system on a path to […]

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April 12, 2019
Microsoft expands clean energy, connectivity investments in Washington state with Chelan Public Utility District
Source: Microsoft and Chelan County PUD, April 12 Microsoft Corp. today announced new agreements to boost clean energy and connectivity in Washington state. The two agreements with Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) will see Microsoft receive carbon-free electricity to power its Puget Sound campuses and partner with the PUD on broadband connectivity in Chelan […]

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