April 8, 2019
Energy Department Announces New Prize to Accelerate Pumped Storage Hydropower
Source: Energy.gov, April 8 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new prize competition to support the development of pumped storage hydropower—the Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time (FAST) Commissioning for Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) prize. The prize seeks novel solutions and technologies that address the non-regulatory challenges PSH developers face deploying new storage projects […]

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April 7, 2019
Week 12: 2019 WA Legislative Session Report
April 6, 2019:  Week Twelve Week 12 in Olympia is now behind us and with it the first of the opposite-house cutoffs: Wednesday deadline for bills to be passed out of their non-origin house policy committee. Bills with a fiscal impact now have until next Tuesday to be passed out of their opposite-house fiscal committee, following […]

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April 4, 2019
DOE Announces $59 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research
Source: Energy.gov, April 3 The U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes announced up to $59 million for new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research.  Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this funding opportunity seeks projects to address priorities in advanced batteries and electric drive systems, energy […]

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April 1, 2019
Week 11: 2019 Legislative Session Report
March 29, 2019: Week Eleven Budgets were the primary focus of week eleven here in Olympia. Following a noon press conference at the Capitol, House Democrats released the first Operating, Capital, and Transportation budget proposals for fiscal years 2019-21. The Operating budget proposal estimates appropriations of $52.8 billion which is a net increase of $2.3 […]

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April 1, 2019
House passes Washington Clean Buildings bill
Source: Sean O’Leary, NWenergy.org, March 30 OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON — Last night’s passage of the Clean Buildings for Washington Act (HB 1257) by the state House of Representatives moves Washington one step closer to becoming a national leader in tackling one of the least recognized but biggest and fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings […]

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April 1, 2019
Update on US Department of Energy FY 2020 Budget Request
Source:  Christine D. Harbin, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, April 1, 2019. Secretary Perry visited Capitol Hill three times this week to testify on DOE’s FY2020 budget request. First, before the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee (video; testimony); next, before the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee (video; […]

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April 1, 2019
Entrepreneurs Showcase Innovative Technologies Supported by US Department of Energy
Source:  Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network, March 13, 2019. CEBN members discuss their work and the importance of federal investment in energy innovation Fourteen energy innovators from the Clean Energy Business Network came to Washington DC March 12-13, 2019 to showcase their innovative energy technologies to federal and state lawmakers. All of these businesses have […]

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March 28, 2019
Energy Department Announces $7 Million for Research on Subsurface Stress and Lost Circulation in Geothermal Drilling
Source: energy.gov, March 28 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $7 million toward the research and development (R&D) of innovative subsurface geothermal technologies. DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) will fund projects that will focus on improving geothermal drilling efficiency and cost reduction by addressing two of the most significant barriers: state of stress […]

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March 27, 2019
WA Senate Capital Budget: Clean Energy Fund $17M Less than House
The Senate Capital Budget was released on Wednesday, March 26.  The Clean Energy Transition Fund (renamed from the Clean Energy Fund) is $17 million less than that proposed by the House Capital Budget Committee. Compared to the House proposal, the Senate proposal is less by: Grid Modernization funding is reduced $2,600,000; Research, Development & Demonstration […]

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March 27, 2019
Department of Energy Announces $130 Million for Early-Stage Solar Research Project
Source: Energy.gov, March 26 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $130 million for new research to advance early-stage solar technologies. These projects will help to achieve affordable and reliable energy to enhance America’s economic growth and energy security. “Solar is an integral part of the Administration’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy,” said U.S. Secretary of […]

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