July 24, 2014
Rooftop Solar Panels Just Got Easier to Install in Washington State
The state Building Code Council has unanimously approved a change in state law to allow installation of simple rooftop solar power systems without review by an engineer. This change should reduce project costs by $500 to $2,500 and eight weeks of review time previously experienced by homeowners, state Department of Commerce officials said. An emergency […]

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July 11, 2014
State Grants of $14.3 Million Position Washington as Energy Storage Leader
                      Avista Utilities, Snohomish PUD and Puget Sound Energy have been awarded $14.3 million in matching grants from the state’s new Clean Energy Fund to lead energy storage projects with ties to federally funded research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Gov. Jay Inslee […]

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July 1, 2014
Renewable Energy Saves Companies Over $1 Billion
By Jake Richardson, Clean Tecnica A recent report shows how Fortune 500 companies are using renewable energy to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Collectively, they are saving about $1.1 billion dollars, according to the report put out by Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, Calvert Investments, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Some of the companies […]

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June 30, 2014
Solar Energy Research: It's better not to be self-absorbed
~UW Clean Energy Institute Research Update~ Researchers at UW’s Clean Energy Institute have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that absorbs light over a large area then re-emits it. The concentrator directs light to photovoltaic cells on the edge of the glass layer, which is then converted into electricity. The process, which eliminates so-called self-absorbson, or […]

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June 5, 2014
Congressman McDermott Introduces 2 Pieces of Environmental Legislation
May 29, 2014 – Washington D.C. McDermott Introduces Bill to Help Forge Clean Energy Solutions WASHINGTON, DC – Jim McDermott (D, WA-7) has introduced the Investing to Modernize the Production of American Clean Energy and Technology Act of 2014 (H.R. 4753). By promoting strategic, targeted tax credits and closing oil company tax loopholes, this legislation seeks to ignite […]

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June 5, 2014
West Coast Floating Wind Turbine Plan Gains Momentum, Funding
By Benjamin Romano, Xconomy Seattle Seafarers and beachgoers know ocean winds blow strong and often. Wind energy developers know it, too. Hundreds of massive wind turbines already dot the seas around the U.K., Denmark, Germany and other countries—and developers are preparing to install the first U.S. offshore turbines in New England waters. That’s bringing a […]

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May 20, 2014
Inslee wants to wean state’s electric utilities off coal
By Phuong Le, Associated Press With an abundant supply of hydroelectric power, Washington state currently gets less than 14 percent of its electricity from coal. Gov. Jay Inslee wants to take that down to zero over time. To wean the state off coal-generated power, the Democratic governor will have to persuade the state’s three private electric […]

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May 16, 2014
'Green Investment Bank' Plan for Cleantech Projects
The Green Party says it would set up a $120 million “Green Investment Bank” to fund green tech projects, with the money to come from hiking oil and gas royalties. “The Green Investment Bank will be an enduring, government-owned, for-profit bank partnering with private sector to fund new projects ranging from renewable energy and biofuel […]

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May 16, 2014
Clean energy is working in Ohio but may come to a halt after 2014
Ohio utilities admit that clean energy standards are saving money. In filings to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the power companies admit energy efficiency programs alone have netted Ohio consumers more than $1 billion in savings to date, and will result in more than $4.1 billion in savings over the program’s life. Ohio utility American […]

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May 14, 2014
Commentary – Inslee's climate effort will face steep odds
By Patrick Mazza, Seattle Crosscut After months of quiet conversations between leaders in Washington state government, environmental NGOs and other key climate-related interests to shape a climate policy proposal, the deal is now on the public table. Gov. Jay Inslee will pursue a carbon cap-and-trade program in the state Legislature next year, with specific details to […]

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