Washington Energy Strategy
State legislation mandates that the Washington State Energy Strategy must attain 3 goals:
- Maintain competitive energy prices that are fair and reasonable for consumers and businesses as well as support our state’s continued economic success.
- Increase competitiveness by fostering a clean energy economy and jobs through business and workforce development.
- Meet the state’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In December 2010 the current Washington State Energy Strategy was issued, but does not acknowledge Smart grid concepts. This and other key WA Department of Commerce publications are available online: WA Dept of Commerce
While waiting for Government, Business and Industry to consider the costs and benefits of possible climate solutions, householders can take decisions that are beneficial and can add up to an effective solution when implemented on a large scale.
Federal Energy Policy
Without a national energy policy, clean renewable energy awaits fair and even parity with fossil drill-and-burn fuels:
- all Federal energy subsidies divided equally 50-50 between renewable energy and carbon-based energy sources.
DOE State Energy Program: Energy Program
Washington Energy Policy
The market for energy is created between supply (generators) and demand (paying customers). Influencing customers to reduce demand during peak usage times and to increase demand during times of minimum usage (the demand response strategy) can cut the municipalities’ and utilities’ cost for expensive new generation. Combining renewable energy efficiencies with innovative “smart grid” technology offers a better energy solution.
The Department of Commerce is actively supporting the commercialization of grid-enabled vehicles through the development of public programs and engaging with partners across the state. State Energy Program
Renewable Energy Links – Federal
Federal Renewable Energy Grants: Federal Energy Grants
Federal Renewable Energy Incentives: Federal Energy Incentives
US Department of Energy: DOE
Renewable Energy Links – Regional
Northwest Renewable Energy: NW Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Links – Washington
Washington Renewable Energy: Washington Renewable Energy
Washington State Energy Incentives: Washington Energy Incentives
Solar Washington: Solar Washington
Renewable Energy Seattle: Renewable Energy Seattle
Renewable Energy Links – Generic
National Renewable Energy Laboratory: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Renewable Energy Tutorial: Tutorial
Renewable Energy Media: Media