Since 2007, Washington State has seen a 17,588 percent increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 330 percent increase in wind energy production, according to a new report released today by Environment Washington Research and Policy Center. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles that will help catalyze the clean energy revolution in Washington. Emerging as a leader in some categories, Washington ranked 3rd for number of electric vehicles sold and 10th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.
Environment Washington Research & Policy Center is deploying dozens of door-knockers this summer in a major effort to educate Washingtonians about the prospects for shifting to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Part of a national campaign to reach more than 1.5 million Americans, outreach staff from our office in Seattle will distribute literature to more than 136,000 Washington households, reinforcing that America can, and must, transition from dirty fuels to clean sources such as wind and solar.
Air pollution remains a major threat to our health, according to a new report from Environment Washington Research & Policy Center, Our Health at Risk: Why Are Millions of Americans Still Breathing Unhealthy Air? In 2015, people here in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area experienced 137 days with elevated particulate matter pollution, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.
Solar energy and solar energy jobs in Eastern Washington continued to grow in 2016, according to new data from the Solar Foundation, with the potential to add much more. The percentage of jobs in the solar energy sector in Eastern Washington grew 26 percent in 2016.
Seattle lags behind other American cities on installed solar power, according to a new ranking released on April 4th by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. Seattle ranked 24th in total solar photovoltaic installed, and 32nd in per capita solar PV installed.