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News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Interactive map shows local impacts of weather-related disasters

100% of Washingtonians lives in counties affected recently by weather-related disasters, including the droughts and wildfires that ravaged Washington this summer, according to new interactive map using data from the federal government. Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts.

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News Release | Environment Washington

New Report: Solar Energy Per Person Grew 56% Percent in Washington State Last Year

Per capita solar power capacity grew 56% percent in Washington last year, according to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. The growth rate put the state 15th in the country for solar power capacity per person added in 2014, but Washington remains stuck in the middle of the pack at 25th for total solar capacity and total solar capacity installed in 2014.  Despite its great potential in Washington state, solar power faces obstacles without continued and greater leadership from our elected officials.

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Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power.

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Clean water not green water | Russell Bassett

Last year at this time, the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo, Ohio, to be without safe drinking water. Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted, but if we don’t protect our water sources — like the residents of Toledo discovered — we won’t be able to take it for granted anymore.

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Report | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Shining Rewards

A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering.
 

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