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News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Putting solar panels on new homes could grow Washington’s solar capacity over 45-fold

If builders start putting solar panels on all new Washington homes in 2020, the state could increase its current solar power capacity by over 45-fold by 2045, according to a new report released by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. Such a policy could also cut annual carbon dioxide emissions from energy use by 4.9 percent of 2015 levels by 2045.

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Report | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Renewables on the Rise 2018

Wind turbines and solar panels were novelties 10 years ago; today, they are everyday parts of America’s energy landscape. Energy-saving LED light bulbs cost $40 apiece as recently as 2010; today, they cost a few dollars at the local hardware store. Electric cars and the use of batteries to store excess energy on the grid seemed like far-off solutions just a few years ago; now, they are poised to break through into the mass market.

Clean energy is sweeping across America, and is poised for further dramatic growth in the years ahead.

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News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

A decade of progress positions Washington State to take renewable energy to the next level

Since 2008, Washington has increased wind production nearly four-fold and solar energy production 228 times, according to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center.  This increase ranks us 14th in wind and 32nd in solar nationally.  The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles that can help catalyze the clean energy revolution in Washington.  Washington ranked 5th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.

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News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

In Washington, and from sea to shining sea, mayors call for solar

Mayors from every U.S. state, including Washington, are embracing a vision for more solar energy in their communities, as stated in a letter released today by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. The group of over 200 “Mayors for Solar Energy” represents cities and towns in states from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine, including nine in Washington State.

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A Citizen's Guide to Energy Efficiency

The good news is, America can reduce its energy consumption 40-60% by mid-century, simply by using better technologies and eliminating waste across our economy—and those reductions are the lowest-cost climate solution we’ve got. There’s plenty we can do as individuals, plus we need our governments and other institutions to lead the effort, providing us with policy tools and continuing to advance technological solutions.

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