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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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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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Report | Environment Washington Reseach and Policy Center

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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New power source in fight to stall climate change; California's 100% clean electricity bill signed into law

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the landmark Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) today, setting the Golden State on a path to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources such as solar and wind by 2045.

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