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News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Climate solutions from Day One

Governors have the power and opportunity to lead their states in adopting solutions to the climate crisis. On January 11th, Environment Washington released a new report, Climate Solutions from Day One: 12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now, detailing actions governors can take immediately to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon pollution and ensure a more stable climate for their states and the nation.

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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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Solar Homes

Installing solar panels on all new homes would accelerate the growth of solar energy capacity. Installing solar panels on all new homes built from 2020 to 2026 would result in more solar energy capacity than the entire U.S. currently has installed. By 2045, installations on new homes would total 203 GW - 3.5 times as much solar capacity as the nation currently has installed. Adding solar energy to new homes would offset the use of fossil fuel-powered energy sources and cut 2017 carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. electricity generation by more than 9 percent annually by 2045.

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