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WCTA Begins Working with State to Quantify Cleantech

WA Cleantech Study Task Force 2 We know cleantech is important in our state–it’s time to figure out how important it is.

To begin figuring this out, the WCTA has helped to convene a task force of expert stakeholders to get a grip on this hard-to-define sector.  At the WCTA offices on July 22, 2014, the process began.  Included in the task force were representatives from the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Washington State Department of Revenue, Washington State Employment Security Department, the Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County, and the WCTA.  Two WCTA Board members joined the conversation:  Board Chair Steve Gerritson and Richard Locke of the Washington State Department of Commerce. Read More…


Solar and EV Adoption, Climate Policies, and Green Finance Drive US Cleantech Leadership Index Growth

Annual Clean Edge Report Finds California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Colorado, & New York Lead Among States; San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Portland, & Sacramento Lead Among Metros

July 15, 2014 (Portland, OR) – Clean Edge, a leading cleantech research firm, today released its 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The Index, which tracks the clean-tech activities of all 50 states and the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. – from EV and renewables adoption to patent and investment activity – is available to partners and subscribers. A 49-page public report, with supporting tables and charts, can be downloaded for free at

Clean energy is becoming a popular energy choice for mainstream America. Eleven states now generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with two – Iowa and South Dakota – exceeding 25 percent. Solar installations climbed more than 40 percent year-over-year in the U.S., while registrations of all-electric vehicles more than doubled between the 2013 and 2014 indexes, to nearly 220,000 nationwide. Read More…


US DOE Makes $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available

Provided by Michael Grossman, FiftyPlusOne.

July 11, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy is making up to $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gasses. Read More…


Element 8 Announces Record Funding Level in Cleantech Companies in First Half of 2014

Element8SEATTLE (June 27, 2014) – Element 8 announced its members have invested more than $3.7 million in a total of 10 clean technology companies during the first half of 2014. The half-year amount is nearly the same as the year-long total of $3.8 million in 2013. Since its founding in 2006, Element 8 members have invested more than $17.5 million in 50 companies. Read More…


Are We Throwing Away an Energy Solution?

Philipp Schmidt-Pathman is Executive Director & Co-Founder, Zero Landfill Alliance and is CEO & Founder, WRSI Consulting Group.

Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann

Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann,, Founder and Executive Director of the Zero Landfill Alliance, is extensively cited in a new Christian Science Monitor blog post by Kurt Cobb.


McDermott Re-Introduces Legislation To Curb Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Press Release:  WASHINGTON, DC – Jim McDermott (D, WA-7) has re-introduced the Managed Carbon Price Act of 2014 (H.R. 4754) to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions and to help American industry transition to clean sources of energy.

“Climate change is real and increasing evidence indicates that its impacts are now being felt across the United States – in our polluted air, warming oceans, stressed ecosystems and increasingly destructive weather patterns,” said Congressman McDermott.  “To secure our planet’s future, we must curb harmful carbon dioxide emissions.  To drive the American economy, we must move away from fossil fuels and develop clean, inexpensive, renewable energy sources.  The Managed Carbon Price Act of 2014 is designed to produce results in both of these critical areas.” Read More…


Washington Cleantech Makes a Mark at the World’s Largest Industrial Trade Fair

There were 180,000 participants this year at the world’s largest industrial trade fair:  The Hanover Messe.  This is a report from this year’s show in Hanover, Germany, April 7-11, 2014, written by Andrew Crowder, Business Development Manager, Washington State Department of Commerce.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the Opening Plenary Session of the Hanover Messe


The Hanover Messe is the world’s largest international trade show for industrial technology. Over the years, it has evolved into a major industrial, political, and policy event. Even years, such as 2014, are smaller years for the Messe, because the Wind Energy and Motion, Drive and Automation sub-shows are not held. Even so, there were approximately 5,000 exhibitors and 180,000 attendees over the five days of the Messe, with over 100 countries represented. Ninety-three per cent of the attendees were business visitors. The primary language was German, but English was a close second. Read More…


Global renewable energy jobs count tops 6.5 million – IRENA

Approximately 6.5 million peopled were employed by the renewable energy industry worldwide last year, according to the latest figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The Abu Dhabi-based agency, which represents over 150 countries and was launched in 2009 with a goal of providing a renewable energy-focused partner to the International Energy Agency (IEA), will today publish Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014, a comprehensive report detailing how employment across the sector rose from 5.7 million in 2012 to 6.5 million last year.

“With 6.5 million people directly or indirectly employed in renewable energy, the sector is proving that it is no longer a niche, it has become a significant employer worldwide,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

He added that the trends uncovered by the report would prove “crucial to developing policy that strengthens job growth in this important sector of the economy”.

The report confirms China’s position as the world’s largest renewable energy market with much of the new job creation coming from the country’s booming solar and wind sectors. IRENA estimated that solar PV installations in China grew five-fold between 2011 and 2013, cementing the country’s position as the world’s largest renewable energy employer with an estimated 2.6 million jobs. It is followed in the renewable energy employment league table by the EU, with around 1.2 million jobs, Brazil with over 890,000 jobs, and the US with 625,000 jobs.


The solar PV industry enjoyed a particularly strong year, according to the report, and now employs over 2.2 million people globally. It was followed by the liquid biofuels sector, which employed over 1.4 million people and the wind industry with over 800,000 employees.

“Surging demand for solar PV in China and Japan has increased employment in the installation sector and eased some PV module over-supply concerns,” said Rabia Ferroukhi, heading the Knowledge, Policy and Finance division at IRENA and lead author of the report. “Consequently some Chinese manufacturers are now adding capacity.

The review will be officially presented at the latest international Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Seoul, South Korea, which will see energy minister from 23 countries discuss measures to further accelerate the deployment of renewables.

The results are likely to be seized upon by advocates of clean energy as further evidence of renewables position as a mainstream energy source. However, it also comes in the same week as the IEA published a fresh report warning that while a number of emerging economies have made impressive progress in accelerating investment in clean energy a slowdown in some mature markets means the “overall picture of progress remains bleak”.

The report argues that while renewable energy is commanding an ever greater share of the global energy mix, the continuation of current demand trends that saw overall electricity emissions increase by 75 per cent between 1990 and 2011 would “dangerously drive up electricity-related emissions”.


US National Climate Assessment: Northwest Forecast

The U.S. National Climate Assessment forecast for Northwest suggest significant climate changes in the years to come.  The report, released on May 6, 2014, was issued on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council and the U.S. Global Change Research Program.  It is the Third National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States.

Section 21 focuses on the Northwest.  The Convening Lead Authors are:

  • Philip Mote, Oregon State University
  • Amy K. Snover, University of Washington

The Lead Authors authors are:

  • Susan Capalbo, Oregon State University
  • Sanford D. Eigenbrode, University of Idaho
  • Patty Glick, National Wildlife Federation
  • Jeremy Littell, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Richard Raymondi, Idaho Department of Water Resources
  • Spencer Reeder, Cascadia Consulting Group

The authors conclusion on the future of the Northwest are summarized as follows:

  1. Changes in the timing of streamflow related to changing snowmelt are already observed and will
    continue, reducing the supply of water for many competing demands and causing far-reaching
    ecological and socioeconomic consequences.
  2. In the coastal zone, the effects of sea level rise, erosion, inundation, threats to infrastructure and
    habitat, and increasing ocean acidity collectively pose a major threat to the region.
  3. The combined impacts of increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks, and tree diseases are already
    causing widespread tree die-off and are virtually certain to cause additional forest mortality by
    the 2040s and long-term transformation of forest landscapes.  Under higher emissions scenarios,
    extensive conversion of subalpine forests to other forest types is projected by the 2080s.
  4. While the agriculture sector’s technical ability to adapt to changing conditions can offset some
    adverse impacts of a changing climate, there remain critical concerns for agriculture with respect
    to costs of adaptation, development of more climate resilient technologies and management, and
    availability and timing of water.




Imre Gyuk Presents to the WCTA

Richard Locke, Washington State Department of Commerce

Richard Locke, Washington State Department of Commerce

Russ Weed, UniEnergy Technologies

Russ Weed, UniEnergy Technologies

Audience at the Imre Gyuk talk, March 20, 2014

WCTA Audience at the Imre Gyuk talk, March 20, 2014

Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy

Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy

Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy

Imre Gyuk, US Department of Energy

Some pictures from the event.  More to come….

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