Public Policy and Advocacy

A Unifying Voice

CleanTech Alliance provides a unified voice for the cleantech industry to inform public policy through advocacy and education. This voice links our members and municipal, state and federal policymakers. Our members are kept up-to-date on topics of relevance to help ensure their organizations remain effective and profitable. To read the latest legislative updates, and see CleanTech Alliance thought leadership featured in regional news outlets, view the Public Policy portion of our blog.

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee analyzes public policy issues relevant to our diverse membership, then shapes and articulates their recommendations for an Alliance position before presenting them to the Board of Directors for approval. It is through these efforts that the strength of our group’s collective voice can have greater impact than any singular voice. If you are a member interested in joining the committee, please contact Tom Ranken at tom@cleantechalliance.org.

CleanTech Day in Olympia

CleanTech Day in Olympia offers CleanTech Alliance members an exclusive opportunity to engage and educate Washington State policymakers on the impact of clean technology research, innovation and jobs. The day includes legislative briefings and a round table discussion on current government issues related to the sector.

Clean Energy Fund Impact

CleanTech Alliance worked in partnership with the Washington Department of Commerce to encourage support of the first Clean Energy Fund in 2013. Developed by Governor Jay Inslee, the Fund supports development, demonstration and deployment of clean energy technologies.  It was proposed again in the next two biennial budgets and approved by the legislature.  The CEF continues to prove its worth by creating jobs, improving energy efficiency, and supporting innovations.  In all, over three capital budgets, more than $122 million has been authorized for capital programs that support grid modernization, solar energy, research & development, grants to support lending, and electrification of transportation.

  • Bigger Bang for the Buck:  The first two funds, CEF I (2013) and CEF II (2015), invested $76.4 million.  These funds attracted an additional $166 million in matching funds, a $2.47 return for every $1 invested by the state.
  • Job Creation:  Clean Energy Fund investment attracts support for highly skilled jobs. UniEnergy Technologies, Doosan GridTech, EnerG2, and Enel X are prime examples. Each has leveraged CEF funding to gain market traction and significant foreign investment for our state.
  • Better Homes and Offices:  The CEF funds a revolving loan fund for non-profit lenders (Craft3, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission).  Thousands of loans have been initiated thanks to the CEF, improving the health and comfort of homes and office buildings and saving energy.  Craft3 CEF lending has included commercial-industrial energy efficiency (59%), community scale renewable energy (16%), green contractors (11%), and cleantech manufacturing (14%).
  • Research and Education:  CEF supports research partnerships between universities, national laboratories and private industry that explore fundamental questions, test new technologies and provide students with hands-on opportunities.
  • Grid Modernization:  Since 2013, CEF has supported deployment of utility-scale batteries with smart software and sensors for better grid management and resiliency statewide. A collaborative research project on transactive technology is developing systems that can respond to each other and share power automatically across the state. The technology will decrease power outages while providing community shelters during extreme weather conditions.

“If we want our students to be leading innovative energy companies in two decades, we need to get them exposure to research and tech via the CEF today.” – Dr. Daniel Schwartz, University of Washington.

Impact Reports from CEF I & II

The Washington State Department of Commerce compiled the following reports on the detailed impact of the first two CEFs.

In partnership with the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Energy, the CleanTech Alliance produced videos of a couple of the Clean Energy Fund projects.

Working Documents: