CESA Member Washington

“There are enormous economic benefits to making sure the places we work, study and do business are energy efficient. I’m proud that state government is leading by example with meaningful investments that not only create jobs but save taxpayer money by reducing energy use and operating costs in public facilities. This is also a key strategy to reducing our carbon footprint.” Governor Jay Inslee

Visit the Washington Department of Commerce – State Energy Office Website

The mission of the Washington Department of Commerce is to grow and improve jobs in Washington State by championing thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure.

The Washington State Energy Office in the Department of Commerce is a vital resource for delivering energy benefits, addressing state energy goals, and coordinating energy-related emergency preparedness in the state. The State Energy Office provides energy policy support, analysis, and information for the Governor, Legislature, Commerce, and others. They review key energy issues including natural gas, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, renewable energy development, greenhouse gas emissions, energy supply, and prices. They also provide financial and technical assistance through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The State Energy Office manages the State Energy Program, providing funding for projects throughout the state.

Programs Include:

  • 2013 - 2015 Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants for Higher Education, Local Governments, and State Agencies:  $25 million for grants to higher education, state agencies, and local governments for energy efficiency projects. This fund includes $5 million for solar projects using Washington manufactured equipment.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance: This is a federally funded program providing help to low-income households to make home heating more affordable. To see if you qualify, visit their webpage using the link to the right.
  • Weatherization: Weatherization adds insulation, seals cracks and makes other changes to reduce heat loss, save energy and save you money. With help from the federal government, we offer assistance to qualified low-income households.
  • Clean Energy Funds: Clean Energy Revolving Loans, Smart Grid Grants to Utilities, and Federal Matching Grant funds are available to support development, demonstration, and deployment of clean energy technologies that save energy and reduce energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions, or otherwise increase energy independence for the state.

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