Claiming Power: Stories of Rural Communities and Clean Energy

Washington State aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the scale and pace that the climate crisis requires

The Clean Energy Transition Institute and our partners were privileged to have been chosen to provide technical assistance to the Washington State Department of Commerce in developing and designing the state’s 2021 State Energy Strategy.
Washington State Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets
below 1990 levels by 2030
below 1990 levels by 2040
below 1990 levels, with net zero emissions by 2050

Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy and Supporting Materials

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.

Technical Advisory Process

From March-December 2020 the CETI Team provided technical analysis to the Washington State Department of Commerce in support of a suite of policies and actions designed to meet Washington’s greenhouse gas targets and achieve decarbonization in the state.
The technical consulting included:
Conducting a meta-analysis of existing energy studies and strategies and an inventory of existing Washington policies, programs, regulations, investments, and tools
Facilitating a technical advisory process to inform the Advisory Committee’s advice and recommendations
Performing decarbonization and modeling and analysis, building on existing efforts and guided by the technical advisory process and Advisory Committee deliberations
Working with Commerce to create communication materials, including the design and preparation of a final report and supporting documents to launch the final 2021 State Energy Strategy
Technical Analysis and Strategy Design Consultants

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:

Clean Energy Transition Institute

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

Evolved Energy Research

Jeremy Hargreaves, Principal

Hammerschlag, LLC

Roel Hammerschlag, Principal

Inclusive Economics

Betony Jones, Founder

One Visual Mind

Karen Beck, Partner
Carol Maglitta
, Partner

Stockholm Environment Institute

Derik Broekhoff, Senior Scientist
Michael Lazarus
, U.S. Center Director

2050 Institute

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.

Washington State Industrial Emissions Analysis Documents:

Oregon Clean Energy Pathways Analysis Documents:

Community-Defined Decarbonization Documents:

Northwest Clean Energy Atlas

The following maps created for this report are available as interactive visualizations on the Northwest Clean Energy Atlas:

  1. Poverty and Energy Burden
  2. Access to Internet and Personal Vehicles
  3. Manufactured Housing and Energy Burden
  4. Weatherization Assistance Program Eligible Households

2021 WA State Energy Strategy Presentations

Get the latest updates from the Institute directly to your inbox.

Other Projects