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
The Institute’s Northwest Clean Energy Atlas project uses Tableau’s data visualization software to create an interactive atlas exploring energy data relevant to deep decarbonization in the Northwest. The challenges facing a rapid energy transition are complex and constantly evolving. Having access to detailed, up-to-date, and transparent energy system data is critical for policymakers, businesses, advocates, and the public to make informed decisions and track the progress of the clean energy transition.
The Northwest Clean Energy Atlas was developed with different data visualization tools, in particular Tableau’s platform of data analysis, mapping, and dashboarding tools. Users of the Atlas see visualizations with narratives that explain different sources and uses of energy throughout the Northwest over time.
Modeling demonstrates that the lowest-cost pathway for deep decarbonization in the Northwest involves coordination and cooperation among all states in the region. At present, tracking and comparing how states produce, purchase, and use energy requires assembling data from a variety of resources that have differing levels of detail, accessibility, and transparency. The Northwest Clean Energy Atlas could serve as a source of aggregated data and insights that might drive more regionally focused energy system planning and analysis.