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Information on Projects Included in Governor Inslee’s Executive Order 14-04

Agricultural Energy Efficiency_December 2014.pdf, December 2014

Building Energy Efficiency CEEP_December 2014.pdf, December 2014

Expanding Solar_December 2014.pdf, December 2014

Industrial Energy Efficiency_December 2014.pdf, December 2014


Creating Energy Solutions, July 2014

Sample of Staff Expertise , August 2014

Agricultural Efficiency

EnergyAg Newsbriefs

Washington State Farm Energy Program, February 2013

Renewable Energy

Creating Energy Solutions – Supporting Bioenergy Development, September 2015


Clean Energy Development for Thurston County -- Phase 1: South County Community Digester Project Opportunities, May 2016

Biochar from Biomass and its Potential Agronomic and Environmental Use in Washington, February 2015

Biomethane for Transportation: Opportunities for Washington State, January 2013

Developing a Wood Pellet/Densified Biomass Industry in Washington State: Opportunities and Challenges, Technical Assessment, Winter 2013

Developing a Wood Pellet/Densified Biomass Industry in Washington State: Opportunities and Challenges, Report to the Washington State Legislature, December 2012

WSU Bioenergy Advances, May 2011

Estimating the Contribution of Rural Energy Sources to Washington State’s Energy Production and Consumption, November 2009

Clean Heat and Power Using Biomass Gasification for Industrial and Agricultural Projects, February 2010


Promoting Solar Energy in the Spotlight – Creating Energy Solutions, August 2014

Solar Electric System Design, Operation and Installation October 2009

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Overview of Hydrogen And Fuel Cells In Washington State Report 2008


Washington Geothermal Energy Status and Roadmap, May 2009

A Regulatory Guide to Low Temperature Geothermal Development in Washington, April 2009

Washington Geothermal Resources

Geothermal Case Study – Elko Heat Company, June 2004

Geothermal Case Study – Empire Energy, June 2004

Geothermal Case Study – Elko County School District, June 2004

Workforce Development

Skill Standards for Retail, Hospitality and Tourism: Customer Service Specialists and Supervisors, October 2014

Sustaining Our Nation’s Infrastructure: The 9th Annual Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit, Summary of Proceedings, July 2014

Workforce Development in the Spotlight -- Creating Energy Solutions, July 2014

Sustainability and Postsecondary Education in Washington State, June 2014

Energy Efficiency Workforce Trends in the Pacific Northwest Power Industry: Customer Service Representatives and Energy Conservation Program Managers, December 2013

Creating a Workforce with 21st Century Skills, December 2013

Workforce Challenges of Electric Power Employers in the Pacific Northwest, October 2013

Skill Standards for Food Manufacturing Maintenance Mechanics, August 2013

Energy Efficiency Management Skills for Manufacturing: Implications for Workforce Development in Washington State, August 2013

Skill Standards for Utility Customer Service Representatives, December 2012

Advancing the Innovation Economy in Washington State: The Critical Role of Workforce Development, December 2012

2011 Green-Economy Jobs Report, June 2012

Review of the Economic and Workforce Effects of Biomass and Solar Electricity Generation in Washington State, June 2012

Growing Washington’s Green Economy: Progress, Opportunities and Challenges, October 2011

Weatherization Crew Leader Skill Standards, September 2011

Sustainability and Workforce Education in Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges: Briefing Paper, June 2011

Sustainable Business Practices of Commercial Retrofit Companies in Pierce County, March 2011

Pierce County Sustainable Economy Study: Briefing Report, June 2010

Advanced Materials Manufacturing, Sustainability and Workforce Development, June 2010

2009 Washington State Green Economy Jobs, March 2010

Green Jobs in Washington State: Progress, Opportunities and Challenges: Discussion Summary, January 2010

Energy Efficiency Industry Trends and Workforce Development in Washington State, December 2009

Renewable Energy Trends and Workforce Development in Washington State, June 2009

2008 Washington State Green Economy Jobs, January 2009

Workforce Challenges of Electric Sector Employers in Washington and Oregon, January 2008

Product and Technology Reviews

Reviews are hosted at the EnergyIdeas database


We developed the following tools to simplify energy efficiency decision-making for businesses, industries and individuals. These products were developed with public agency funding so they are available for free. WSU Energy Program staff maintains these tools although they are featured on other organizations' websites.



Airmaster+ helps users analyze energy use and savings opportunities in industrial compressed air systems. Use AIRMaster+ to baseline existing and model future system operations improvements, and evaluate energy and dollar savings from many energy efficiency measures. AIRMaster+ provides a systematic approach to assess compressed air systems, analyze collected data, and report results. Download the software or learn more. For assistance with this and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) software tools, contact the EERE Information Center. DOE Disclaimer notice


MotorMaster+ is a free online National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Premium® efficiency motor selection and management tool that supports motor and motor systems planning by identifying the most efficient action for a given repair or motor purchase decision. The tool includes a catalog of more than 20,000 low-voltage induction motors, and features motor inventory management tools, maintenance log tracking, efficiency analysis, savings evaluation, energy accounting, and environmental reporting capabilities. Download the software or learn more. For assistance with this and other DOE software tools, contact the EERE Information Center. DOE Disclaimer notice

MotorMaster+ International

The software allows plants to manage a motor inventory and make cost-effective decisions when repairing and replacing motor systems. In addition to English, this tool is now also available in Spanish, French, and simplified and traditional Chinese. This software allows various currencies, standards and cost defaults for applicable countries. WSU Energy Program staff developed the software for the U.S. DOE, with sponsorship from Natural Resources Canada, Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), European Community - JRC, UK Action Energy (Carbon Trust), and the International Copper Association. Download the software or learn more. For assistance with this and other DOE software tools, contact the EERE Information Center. DOE Disclaimer notice

Online Resources

Air Conditioning Cost Calculator

The Air Conditioning Cost Calculator compares the energy use and cost of different types of residential cooling systems. Using the map and drop down boxes, choose the criteria pertinent to your application. You will need to know your electricity cost and the size (tons or BTUs) of the equipment you are comparing.

Commercial Building Audit Checksheets

Commercial Building Audit Checksheets assure comparable audits are performed, no matter who does the audit. These modifiable checksheets are intended to be used with Portfolio Manager, a free ENERGY STAR resource. Using the Microsoft Excel platform, the checksheets include:

  • Pre-audit summary
  • Envelope
  • Lighting & power
  • Mechanical
  • Miscellaneous (kitchens, swimming pools, scheduling)
  • Hydronic
  • Renewable
  • Building performance walk-through assessment

The “Useful Links” tab supplies complementary documents such as boiler site assessment guidance, metering site assessment guidance, and motors data collection sheet.

Energy Solutions Database

Thousands of useful energy efficiency resources have been selected by our engineers, analysts and librarians. The Energy Solutions Database is a great resource for homeowners, students, and energy professionals seeking technical information. Search by sector, topic or keywords to find case studies, reports, factsheets, programs, software, organizations, multimedia, or codes and standards.

Heating System Cost Calculator

This online tool compares the energy use and cost of an existing heating system versus a new heating system. Visit the Heating System Cost Calculator and choose from a list of common systems and fuel sources, and see how the various systems perform in your climate zone.

Pumping System Efficiency Calculator

The Pumping System Efficiency Calculator can be used to determine the overall "wire-to-water" efficiency of your pumping plant and to determine the mechanical efficiency of an electric motor-driven centrifugal pump served by a three-phase power supply. Efficiency tests assist pumping plant operators to identify inefficient systems, schedule pumps, determine energy efficiency improvement measures, and estimate potential energy savings.

RELCOST Financial Model

This Microsoft Excel spreadsheet template is used to evaluate the financial viability of energy projects. RELCOST evaluates minimum power sales or carbon offset price, the optimum mix of equity and capital to attract investors, or sensitivity to incentives. Three methods of evaluating financial performance are provided by RELCOST: life cycle cost analysis, proforma statements, and financial ratios. Download RELCOST, the user manual or examples related to combined heat and power or anaerobic digesters.

Swimming Pool Energy Loss Calculator

This Microsoft Excel spreadsheet calculates heating and dehumidification costs due to evaporation from a swimming pool. The calculations take into account activity level, air and water properties, dehumidifier energy and more. Open the spreadsheet.

Washington State Energy Legislation Tracking Tool

The WSU Energy Library provides the Energy Legislation Tracking Tool to record the current status of energy bills in the Washington State Legislature. Archives to 2005 are available.

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Building & Equipment Efficiency
Energy Code
Executive Order 14-04
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Public Facilities Support
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