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27
Sep

Evaluation of Comprehensive GHG Emissions Reduction Programs Outside of Washington

This report examines potential GHG reduction policies implemented in other jurisdictions, and considers their applicability to Washington. Two broad categories of policies are presented: comprehensive economy-wide efforts and sector-specific or technology-specific programs. The coverage of GHG emissions regulated in comprehensive carbon pricing programs can involve virtually the entire economy of the host jurisdiction. However, these programs vary in how pricing is imposed, in some cases constraining the quantity of emissions under a cap and trade regime, and in others directly setting the price of GHG emissions with a carbon tax. Sector-specific or technology-specific programs target discrete sources of emissions, or activities that drive emissions, and can together form a portfolio that is comprehensive. These policies may target electricity generation, transportation fuels, or any other GHG-intensive sector of the economy.

Table 2. Qualitative summary of potential GHG reduction policies

Policy

Magnitude of Potential Emissions Reductions

Net Economy-Wide Financial Impact on Washington Consumers and Businesses

Opportunity to Increase in-state energy production and expenditures

Opportunity for new infra-structure and jobs in clean tech and energy efficiency

Cap and Trade

High

Uncertaina

Medium

Mediumb

Carbon Tax

High

Uncertaina

Medium

Mediumb

Low Carbon Fuel Standard

High

Negative

High

High

Zero Emissions Vehicle Mandate

Medium

Uncertain[1]

Medium

High

Renewable Fuel Standard

Medium

Uncertain[2]

Medium

Medium

Transportation Pricing – Mileage User Fee[3]

Low

Uncertain

Low

Low

Investment in Public Transit

Low

Uncertain[4]

Low

High

Public Benefit Fund

Medium

Positive

High

High

Property Assessed Clean Energy

Low

Positive

High

High

Marine Fuel Conservation

Low

Positive

Medium

Medium

Feed-in-Tariff

Low

Negative

High

Medium

Offshore Wind and Ocean Power

Medium

Uncertain

High

High

Landfill Methane Capture

Low

Negative

Medium

Low

a The financial impact to consumers and businesses is dependent on how the revenues were used, and highly dependent upon revenue utilization

b RGGI program has demonstrated real result by applying revenues to enhance opportunity for new jobs and infrastructure in clean tech and efficiency

CLEW Task 2 Final – Outside WA Policies


[1] ZEV requires significant state and individual investment. However, ZEVs provide a payback to consumers over time based on cheaper per-mile equivalent price of electricity relative to gasoline.

[2] Recent State data show that biodiesel unit cost is less than conventional diesel, however there are implementation costs and potential availability issues may have cost implications.

[3] GHG and economic impacts of MBUF policy greatly depend on design and implementation as a GHG strategy. It would presumably create the much needed revenue for transportation infrastructure as a gas-tax replacement.

[4] Major investments would increase service and lower fares, which would have a positive impact on riders; however increased subsidies would likely require raising taxes, which would negatively impact tax payers.



[1] Washington’s 2008 Climate Action Team

24
Sep

Halosource Announces New Marketing Director and Senior Director of Public Affairs in Press Release

HaloSource

9-10-13

SeaKlear® Taps STEELE to lead Marketing Team

Alex Steele

Alex Steele, Marketing Director

SeaKlear® water treatment products, manufacturers of a complete line of eco-friendly water treatment products for both pools and spas, is excited to announce the expansion of its marketing group with the addition of Alex Steele as the company’s new Marketing Director.  Ms. Steele will assume responsibility for developing and executing Marketing Activation Plans for SeaKlear and define the marketing activities that drive sales growth.  Ms. Steele brings a wealth of experience in this important area from her years of experience in business development and marketing of consumer packaged goods and most recently running her own marketing consulting business focused on environmentally friendly ‘green’ companies.   A native of Argentina and Spanish-speaker, Ms. Steele is excited to interact with the diversity of dealers in the pool and spa industry.  Ms. Steele is supported by Ms. Tricia Testa and industry veteran, Terry Arko. “We are focused on building capacity, strength and execution in our Brand Marketing by making strong connections with customers and consumers,” says Ms. Steele. Alex Steele can be reached at asteele@halosource.com.

9-23-13

HaloSource/ SeaKlear® Promotes Bovey

Kate Bovey

Kate Bovey, Sr. Director of Public Affairs

HaloSource, the parent company of SeaKlear® eco-friendly water treatment products for both pools and spas, is excited to announce it has promoted Kate Bovey to step into an important new role of Senior Director of Public Affairs for the entire Halosource organization.  Kate has been overseeing marketing at HaloSource since February 2012, and her new role in creating a Public Affairs function for the company is an extension of her work developing a company ‘voice’ and telling the story of Halosource and its brands.  Kate’s new role will tie together several broad areas including, investor relations, public relations, corporate social responsibility, thought leadership and the continuing evolution of the company’s web and social media presence.  “HaloSource is in the business of making water better – whether you drink it, play in it or return it safely to the environment.  As a clean water technology company, we have a powerful story to tell,“ says Bovey.  Kate’s team is rounded out by Justin Howard. Kate can be reached at kbovey@halosource.com.  

17
Sep

US Solar Market Insight Report 2013 Q2

Key Findings in the Solar Market Insight Report 2013

Photovoltaics (PV and CPV)

  • Photovoltaic (PV) installations totaled 832 MW in Q2 2013, up 15% over Q1 2013
  • Cumulative operating PV capacity in the U.S. now stands at 8,858 MW
  • The residential market was flat quarter-over-quarter in Q2, breaking its streak of incremental quarterly growth
  • The non-residential market was down in Q2, continuing a relatively light year for the segment
  • The utility segment completed 38 projects totaling 452 MW; currently, there are an additional 4.1 GW of utility PV under construction
  • We anticipate that 4.4 GW of PV will be installed in 2013, up 30% over 2012
  • The average residential PV system prices fell to $4.81/W, while the average non-residential system price dropped to $3.71/W

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

  • Despite zero CSP installations in Q2 2013, we maintain bullish expectations for 2013 with over 900 MWac slated to come on-line by the end of this year
  • BrightSource Energy’s 392 MWac Ivanpah CSP project is on schedule to deliver electricity to the grid in late 2013

 

Read the report here.

 

16
Sep

3 Reasons Why People Are Apathetic to Climate Change

With respect to the science of climate change, many experts regard the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the world’s authoritative institution. A draft summary of its forthcoming report was leaked last week describing the panel’s growing confidence that climate change is real, that it is a result of human action, and that if the world continues on its current course, it will face exceedingly serious losses and threats; all of which are conclusions consistent with the panel’s judgments from the past two decades. Why then, have so many nations not done more in response? Three purely psychological reasons why humans do not fear climate change.

1. Climate change is difficult to associate with any particular tragedy or disaster, making it speculative in most people’s minds as a serious risk.

2. There are no obvious devils or demons — no individuals who intend to create the harms associated with climate change, making public outrage much harder to fuel.

3. Human beings are far more attentive to immediate threats than to long-term ones.

In this light, it should not be surprising if people don’t get much exercised by the IPCC’s forthcoming report. All the obstacles are daunting but the world is unlikely to make much progress on climate change until the barrier of human psychology is squarely addressed.

Read the original article here.

13
Sep

Scientists create new hydrogen fuel safety app

The Hydrogen Tools app, created with the support of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, comes at a time when the use of fuel cells is growing. Fuel cells generate electricity by driving electrochemical reactions using hydrogen and air, producing power with dramatically reduced emissions compared to traditional hydrocarbon-based fuels. The only byproducts are heat and water.

“With hydrogen being deployed in a greater number of applications, it’s the perfect time to make a safety tool like this app broadly available. Many people are unfamiliar with the technology, and this app is intended to make the information they need available at their fingertips.”

Hydrogen Tools incorporate a variety of resources and web-based content to help those involved in designing, approving or using hydrogen fuel cell systems and facilities. It includes information about ventilation of hydrogen, safe distances and pressures for storing hydrogen, and best practices for safely handling hydrogen.

Read the original article here.

 

13
Sep

Local Residents Tap the Energy of the Sun

Snohomish County Public Utility DistrictPUD: Tour Solar Homes & Businesses on Sept. 21

 Everett, WA – Learn how PUD customers are generating electricity by tapping the energy from the sun during the annual Snohomish Solar Tour on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The self-guided tour will feature homes and businesses in communities throughout Snohomish County.  Arlington Energy Services and Fire Mountain Solar organized the tour, in conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour.

“Many of the installations on the tour were supported with PUD incentives to help make the projects easier and more cost effective for our customers,” said PUD Energy Efficiency Program Manager Leslie Moynihan. “We’re committed to promoting renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest.”

The tour offers an opportunity to talk with homeowners using solar energy as well as industry professionals to get the answers to technical and non-technical questions in an informal setting. See the latest equipment on the market. Learn more about making an investment in solar energy.

There is no fee to visit the homes. You can pick-up tour maps and general information at the sponsoring organizations’ kickoff sites: OutBack Power from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (17825 – 59th Ave. NE, Arlington) or Silicon Energy from 10 a.m. to noon (3506 – 124th St. NW, Marysville). Other information is available at www.SnohomishSolarTour.com.

The PUD offers one of the most comprehensive solar energy programs in the Pacific Northwest. Local customers have installed more than 2 megawatts of solar energy capacity – enough to serve about 170 homes.

Solar Express Cash Incentives/Loans:

Under the PUD’s Solar Express, residential customers can qualify for a cash incentive up to $2,500 for solar photovoltaic systems and commercial customers can qualify for up to $10,000. All customers with electric hot water systems can qualify for a $500 incentive for solar hot water systems. Residential customers may instead opt for a 2.9% APR loan up to $25,000 for photovoltaic systems and up to $14,000 for solar hot water systems. Customers also may qualify for additional federal tax credits and annual state production incentives.

 

For more information, call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or visit www.snopud.com.

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12
Sep

Natural Resource Investment – Artemis Water Strategy

Did you miss yesterday’s event with Laura Shenkar? Don’t worry, now you can check out the slides from her presentation online!

Investing in the BlueTech Revolution, Artemis Water Strategy

Artemis Water Strategy

12
Sep

US Wind Power Accounted For 42% Of New Power Capacity In 2012, Beat Natural Gas

Wind turbines in Central Washington near Ellensburg

2012 proved to be a record-setting year for the US wind power industry. More than 13 gigawatts (GW) of wind power capacity was installed across the country last year, with a record-breaking 8,380 megawatts (MW) installed in the fourth quarter alone, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 4Q industry report.

Leveraging private sector investment of $25 billion, utility-scale wind turbines were installed in 26 states and Puerto Rico in 2012.

Cumulative wind power generation capacity totaled 60,007 GW as of year-end 2012, with turbines up and producing clean, renewable electrical power in 39 states and Puerto Rico. The 60 GW milestone was breached just five months after AWEA announced cumulative US wind power capacity had reached 50 GW. The more than 60 GW rated capacity of installed US wind power generation is enough to supply the equivalent of nearly 15 million US homes – all those in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Ohio combined — with electricity

Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/31/us-wind-power/#7FqkqJFrYCMPB0oO.99

 

10
Sep

Taking a Cue from Nature: How the Newest Diesel Engines Emit Very Little Greenhouse Gas

Battelle / PNNLThe newest catalytic converters in diesel engines blast away a pollutant from combustion with the help of ammonia. Common in European cars, the engines exhaust harmless nitrogen and water. How they do this hasn’t been entirely clear until now. New research shows that the catalyst attacks its target pollutant in an unusual way,  by coming at the target from the side rather than head on like similar bacterial enzymes.

“What I find exciting is the correlation between this artificial catalysis and enzyme catalysis,” said Szanyi, lead chemist in the project at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.”Nature is telling us what to do. Nature’s been at it for many millions of years, and it does this beautifully.”

Read the original article from PNNL here.

9
Sep

Expansion of Google Campus Aims for LEED Gold/Platinum

Google_new_campus_renderingA major upgrade is underway for the Puget Sound’s tech economy. Nearly a decade after they first arrived in 2004, tech giant Google has officially launched its most dramatic expansion in the area to date. In a Thursday ceremony featuring high-profile speakers, including Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Google broke ground on an enormous, sleekly modern new facility in Kirkland. When completed in 2015, the 180,000 square foot building will double the company’s footprint in the area, as well as its staff.

According to Dave Tomson of Spokane-based SRM Development, which is overseeing the facility’s construction, this new Google building will honor a particular aspect of local culture: its environmentalist tradition.

The goal is to build this to the standards of LEED Gold,” Tomson said, referring to the rating system for how environmentally friendly a building is. “If we can, we’ll make it LEED Platinum. It’d be one of only a handful of buildings in the state to reach that. It’s important to Google that they’re perceived as leading the way to being carbon neutral.”

Read the original article here.

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