Governor Jay Inslee has announced $12.6 million in Clean Energy Fund grants to five utilities in Washington. The utilities and their partners will match the state funding at a minimum ratio of 1 to 1. “With these awards, our leading utilities will demonstrate how to integrate battery storage with solar energy and stand-alone energy systems, train the workforce to build and maintain these systems, and lead the industry into the clean energy future,” Inslee said. Among the proposed grid modernization projects is a “shared energy economy” pilot project, which will demonstrate how the utility and consumer can each benefit from the sharing of various energy assets, from solar panels to battery storage to traditional utility assets. Read more about the grid modernization projects here.