An important step toward a clean energy future in the Northwest OLYMPIA, Washington — Yesterday the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a settlement and issued a final decision on contested issues in the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) rate case. The Commission decision allows PSE to recover costs for the eventual closure and clean-up of four […]
Resources & Publications: Energy Activist Classic
A repository for digital copies of the original, printed Energy Activist. Written for people who don’t analyze energy policy for a living, The Energy Activist helped Coalition members and allies keep track of often complex energy and salmon issues. Each edition explores a key issue affecting the Northwest’s energy future.
Increasingly, markets and businesses are driving the transition to clean energy and sustainable practices. Motivated by falling costs and the value consumers and other businesses place on protecting the environment and fighting climate change, companies are changing the ways in which they manufacture, distribute, and market their goods and services. The Sustainable Connections “Smart Business […]
The NW Energy Coalition has joined a broad coalition of stakeholders in supporting Solar Plus, an in initiative that’s working to triple the amount of solar energy installed in Washington and Oregon by 2019. The Solar Plus project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and brings together utilities, environmental […]
Organizations in Washington and Oregon are gearing up for another run at passing carbon pricing legislation in 2018 either in their state legislatures or, if that effort fails, very possibly at the ballot box. Washington’s Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and Renew Oregon, who are already in recruiting mode, will present their proposals at […]
Settlement a key step in securing the best possible outcome for Colstrip and Montana (The following is an op-ed written by Diego Rivas of the NW Energy Coalition. It was published on October 6, 2017 in the Billings Gazette.) A recent settlement proposal filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is a major step toward ensuring […]
Spencer Reeder, the executive in charge of climate and energy programs at Vulcan, Inc., will deliver the keynote speech at the NW Energy Coalition Clean & Affordable Energy Conference on November 2nd at the Seattle Hilton. Reeder will explore how innovation in all its forms – technological, organizational, social, and political – is shaping the […]
(The NW Energy Coalition along with Renewable Northwest released the following statement today in response to the filing of a proposed settlement in the Puget Sound Energy rate case at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.) SEATTLE, Wash. — A diverse group of parties has reached a proposed settlement in the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) rate […]
This fall and spring, NW Energy Coalition staff have been working in state legislative sessions throughout the region to advance and especially to defend clean and affordable energy laws. Each legislature is different, but many of the issues being addressed are familiar ones: energy efficiency, including building codes; renewable energy incentives and targets; distributed generation options, particularly resident-sited solar power; and coal plants and climate. Low-income protection and electric vehicle infrastructure are also getting legislative looks.
Washington’s strong energy and building codes often prove to be the state’s most cost-effective energy conservation measures. They reduce electricity and gas use, and save consumers money for years to come. But some business interests, including builders and realtors, want to squelch new energy code improvements. Their strategy is to legislate a more complicated code amendment process. Please tell chair Jeff Morris and other House committee members to reject SB 5804.
Scenario planning lies at the heart of the analysis used to develop the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council wants your help in selecting and shaping the scenarios to be used. The 7th Plan will guide utilities’ energy choices, theoretically for the next 20 years and practically for at least five. Please look over the proposed scenarios and let the Council – and us – know which ones they must consider seriously while developing the 7th Plan.