Brookhaven National Laboratory

Clean Energy Mapping Project

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 are privileged to have been chosen to provide the technical assistance to determine how the state can succeed in this mission-critical work. Washington has set ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets.
Washington State Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets
45%
below 1990 levels by 2030
70%
below 1990 levels by 2040
95%
below 1990 levels, with net zero emissions 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 to achieve decarbonization in the state.
The technical consulting includes:
1.
Conducting a meta-analysis of existing energy studies and strategies and an inventory of existing Washington policies, programs, regulations, investments, and tools
2.
Facilitating a technical advisory process to inform the Advisory Committee’s advice and recommendations
3.
Performing decarbonization and modeling and analysis, building on existing efforts and guided by the technical advisory process and Advisory Committee deliberations
4.
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
CETI Washington State Energy Strategy Team

The Institute’s Clean Energy Mapping project aims to use Tableau’s data visualization software to create an interactive map displaying attitudes toward decarbonization and examples of clean energy activities in state legislative districts in the four Northwest states. The goal is to show Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington policymakers and legislators evidence of clean energy economic value and support for clean energy throughout the region.

We know that talking about climate change is polarizing, but discussing clean energy is not and that broad statements about the benefits of clean energy can ring hollow without substantiation. We also know that massive reports about the economic benefits of clean energy largely go unread by the target audience and that data visualization with interactivity is an exceptionally effective way of making those reports accessible and conveying narratives.

The Institute has developed a database of clean energy solutions and strategies underway or proposed throughout the region by researching the Washington State Clean Energy Fund recipients, the Clean Tech Alliance companies, and other sources of clean energy economic development. The Institute would further develop its existing database with clean energy economic data from state agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations in the four states.

To assess the clean energy jobs information at the county level, the Institute aims to collaborate with the Energy Futures Initiative and the National Association of State Energy Offices, which is now conducting the annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report formerly handled under the U.S. Department of Energy, but discontinued by the Trump Administration.

To obtain information on attitudes awareness of climate change and openness to the clean energy transition for each state by county and legislative district, we will use data from the Yale Climate Communications project.

In order decarbonize at the scale that the climate crisis demands, we will need to fundamentally transform our energy systems in fairly short order. While a significant challenge, the clean energy transition also offers opportunities to create jobs and improve the air we breathe and the water we drink. We need to be able to convey the promise of the clean energy economy to encourage policymakers to embrace the transition.

Once developed in the Northwest, interactive maps could be created of other regions of the country, perhaps by congressional district in addition to state legislative district, to enable policymakers and advocates throughout the country to make a compelling case for rapidly accelerating the clean energy economy, which is what we must do to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The maps could also include climate impact information if the data are available at the county and district level.

2021 WA State Energy Strategy Presentations