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Representative Jake Fey Introduces Solar Energy Bill

February 5, 2015: Representative Jake Fey, who is also the Director of the WSU Energy Program, introduced House Bill 1927 this week. Representative Norma Smith is the co-sponsor of this bill.

HB 1927 creates a solar production incentive program aimed at increasing installation of solar energy systems in the state, encouraging broader market participation, and facilitating development of a solar industry whose manufacturing and installation practices are economically and environmentally sustainable.

The proposed legislation was developed in collaboration with stakeholders from across the state, including solar installers, equipment manufacturers, utilities, customers, and advocacy groups, as described in Washington Solar Stakeholder Process.

The bill was first read on February 3 and has been referred to the House Technology & Economic Development Committee.

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New Lamp Innovations Ensure “Light Bulb Freedom”

January 27, 2015: The Seattle Times reports that a new bill introduced in the state Legislature would allow incandescent lamps that are manufactured in Washington state to be sold in the state.* 

But the good old days are not coming back. Consumers' lighting choices have expanded wildly in just a few years. No longer limited to incandescents – tiny, fragile space heaters that also squeeze out some light – consumers can now choose energy-saving lamps that provide light at various color temperatures and are often available at deep discounts. 

For clear insights about your choices in the lamp aisle, call the energy experts at the WSU Energy Program.

*Per federal law, incandescent lamps for certain applications are no longer sold if an energy-efficient alternative is readily available.


Delivering Energy Efficiency to Communities throughout Washington State

January 20, 2015: Thurston Energy recently launched a new weatherization rebate plan for rental homes and homes heated with propane, oil or wood to help owners save on the purchase and installation of ductless heat pump systems and weatherization projects.

Thurston Energy is one of several energy efficiency programs in communities across the state that is administered by the WSU Energy Program. The Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP), created by the Washington State Legislature in 2009, encourages homeowners and small businesses to make energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades. Over 30,000 residential units and 1,300 small businesses in the state have received energy efficiency upgrades so far.

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Schools Selected for Pellet Heat Pilot Project

January 20, 2015: The WSU Energy Program in partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction today announced the selection of the two schools that will participate in the Wood Pellet Heat in Schools pilot program. 

Through this program, Tekoa High School in Whitman County and Darrington Senior/Middle School complex in Snohomish County will trade their fuel oil heating systems for a wood pellet solution as their primary heat source. 

WSU Energy Program renewable fuel researchers will oversee the installation and operation of the pellet heating systems, analyze the results, and present the pilot program findings. 

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Washington Industrial Energy Leaders Award Winners Announced

January 15, 2015: Winners of the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards were announced this week at the 7th annual Northwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit. The Washington companies will receive their awards formally from Governor Jay Inslee at a special ceremony in the State Capitol later this winter.

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders program, organized by the WSU Energy Program, recognizes companies that are leaders in their field by making outstanding progress toward improved energy efficiency.

Award winners include:

  • Leadership by Example – The Boeing Company, with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish PUD as the serving utilities.
  • Leadership in Energy Performance, Water/Wastewater – the City of Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, with Tacoma Power as the serving utility.
  • Leadership in Energy Performance, honorable mention – Lineage Logistics, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.
  • Leadership in Energy Performance – Quincy Foods, LLC, with Grant County PUD and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
  • Leadership in Innovation – Inland Empire Paper, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility. The company will also receive additional recognition in this category.
  • Leadership in Innovation – Shields Bag & Printing Co., with Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
  • Joint award for Leadership in Innovation – King & Prince and UniSea, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.
  • Leadership in Energy Performance North Pacific Paper Corporation, with Cowlitz PUD as the serving utility.
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Biofuel Researchers Working to Reduce Forest Fire Impacts while Providing Clean Heating Fuel

January 8, 2015: The Tacoma New Tribune article, “Forest-thinning could help prevent another year of destructive fires, state officials say,” indicates that harvesting biomass from the state’s forest lands could help reduce forest fire impacts and provide a renewable source of heating fuel.

WSU Energy Program biofuel technology experts are in the thick of this research. They are working with K-12 schools to use wood pellets made from tree trimmings and other forest debris as a heating fuel that can replace fuel oil and propane. Our Renewable Energy team will publish the results of this pilot program when available.

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