The Washington State Department of Commerce engaged the Clean Energy Transition Institute (CETI) in March to provide technical consultation to Commerce, the Governor’s office, and an Advisory Committee in developing the Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy.
The Washington State legislature passed the Clean Energy Transformation Act of 2019 (SB 5116), landmark clean energy legislation that commits the state to an electricity supply that is greenhouse gas-free by 2045.
That legislation calls for an updated state energy strategy and the creation of an Advisory Committee to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations for the state energy strategy. The underlying considerations for developing the recommendations include:
The recommended policies and actions for the 2021 state energy strategy will emphasize:
During the 2020 Washington State legislative session, the legislation adopted the following ambitious carbon emissions reductions targets that govern the state energy strategy and the state’s overall approach to attaining deep decarbonization by 2050:
The CETI Team is providing technical consulting work to enhance understanding of the costs and benefits of a suite of policies and actions to meet Washington’s greenhouse gas targets that are designed achieve decarbonization in the state. The technical consulting includes:
On March 31, 2020, the CETI team presented an overview of the technical process, as well as a review of the findings of the Northwest Deep Decarbonization Pathways study, a recording of which can be found here.
Subsequently, on May 13, we conducted a webinar during which we offered a deep dive into deep decarbonization pathways modeling. The presentation covered model methodology, assumptions, and how key results will be used to inform policy development in Washington.
We also introduced the concept of scenario development and how the scenarios will be used to determine preferred approaches to achieving Washington’s carbon reduction goals. The recording of the webinar can be found here (password: 8z#3&3v*).
Washington state aims to lead the nation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the scale and pace that the climate crisis requires and the CETI and our partners are privileged to have been chosen to provide the technical assistance to determine how the state can succeed in this mission-critical work.
Eileen V. Quigley is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute.
Eileen spent seven years at Climate Solutions identifying the transition pathways off oil and coal to a low-carbon future in Washington and Oregon. She built and led the New Energy Cities program, which partnered with 22 Northwest cities and counties to reduce carbon emissions. As Director of Strategic Innovations, she oversaw New Energy Cities, as well as Sustainable Advanced Fuels, which worked to accelerate the development of advanced low-carbon fuels for aviation, marine, and fleets and the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, which aimed to demonstrate the role that...