This project enabled us to develop a wealth of information about specific policies and actions required to decarbonize the building, transportation, electricity, and industrial sectors in the next decade and beyond, not only in Washington, but across the Northwest.
The Clean Energy Transition Institute facilitated the technical advisory process, design, and production of the Washington State 2021 Energy Strategy from March to December with the following consultants:
Aditi Bansal, Policy and Research Analyst
Marc Daudon, Senior Fellow
Nicole Larson, Research Assistant
David Paolella, Policy and Research Analyst
Eileen V. Quigley, Executive Director
Jeremy Hargreaves, Principal
Roel Hammerschlag, Principal
Betony Jones, Founder
Karen Beck, Partner
Carol Maglitta, Partner
Derik Broekhoff, Senior Scientist
Michael Lazarus, U.S. Center Director
Poppy Storm, Founder and Director of Innovation
Renewable energy projects have the potential to bring economic opportunity and resiliency to rural Washington, yet they also come with difficult trade-offs and potential impacts on natural resources and Tribal lands. Rural communities could possibly reap the benefits of the transition with energy independence, jobs, and tax revenue, but at what cost? What does a rapid transition to clean energy mean for Northwest rural communities?
The Claiming Power project aims to share stories of rural communities navigating these challenging questions across the state. Featuring people who have engaged in the energy transition on their own terms will help build a new story: one that gives viewers a chance to picture themselves claiming power through a transition to clean energy that they define.
Harvesting the Sun
The first installment in the Claiming Power series features Jefferson County business owners. Crystie Kisler of Finnriver Farm, Ryan McCarthey of Dungeness Valley Creamery, and Jim Ferris of Edensaw Woods tell us about the myriad benefits of their rooftop solar installations, which they developed with support from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program.
The following maps created for this report are available as interactive visualizations on the Northwest Clean Energy Atlas: