Clean Energy Blog

We’ve gathered the latest news, industry reports, and job opportunities for the clean energy industry.

Clean Energy educational resources for K-12

The Clean Energy Wiki, hosted by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, offers teaching and learning resources for K-12 on solar energy and other topics related to clean energy. See Clean Energy Wiki.  

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Solar power continues to get cheaper

The price of electricity from solar panels continues to plummet and is one of the driving forces in the transition to clean energy. The Department of Energy is aiming to cut the price of utility-scale solar by more than half by 2030. Government policies and scientific...

read more

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

read more

National offshore wind goal to support 77,000 jobs

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm recently announced an ambitious new 30GW offshore wind deployment target by 2030. The national offshore wind goal is expected to support 77,000 jobs, power 10 million homes, and cut 78 million metric tons in carbon...

read more

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

read more

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

read more

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

read more

$3.7M awarded for solar installations in low-income communities

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $3.7 million in grants for nine solar energy projects across the state. The projects will result in a total $6.1 million reduction in the energy burden of low-income households and nonprofits serving low-income...

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Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

read more

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

read more

Wind Career Map: a wind energy career mapping tool

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map, an interactive mapping tool, to explore wind energy occupations, job descriptions across the industry, how to progress between careers, and to identify training needed. The career map covers many careers in...

read more

How one student kickstarted a career in clean energy

Thinking about a career as a clean energy scientist and developing solutions that could have a positive impact on the world, Vanessa Zambrano participated in the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)...

read more

Don’t let COVID-19 derail your plans after high school

Start planning your college or career pathway now! The Washington Student Achievement Council maps out steps and tools to start planning your education or training for a career in clean energy. Washington has many options and supports to help you get the education or...

read more

Clean Energy educational resources for K-12

The Clean Energy Wiki, hosted by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, offers teaching and learning resources for K-12 on solar energy and other topics related to clean energy. See Clean Energy Wiki.  

read more

Solar power continues to get cheaper

The price of electricity from solar panels continues to plummet and is one of the driving forces in the transition to clean energy. The Department of Energy is aiming to cut the price of utility-scale solar by more than half by 2030. Government policies and scientific...

read more

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

read more

National offshore wind goal to support 77,000 jobs

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm recently announced an ambitious new 30GW offshore wind deployment target by 2030. The national offshore wind goal is expected to support 77,000 jobs, power 10 million homes, and cut 78 million metric tons in carbon...

read more

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

read more

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

read more

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

read more

$3.7M awarded for solar installations in low-income communities

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $3.7 million in grants for nine solar energy projects across the state. The projects will result in a total $6.1 million reduction in the energy burden of low-income households and nonprofits serving low-income...

read more

Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

read more

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

read more

Clean Energy educational resources for K-12

The Clean Energy Wiki, hosted by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, offers teaching and learning resources for K-12 on solar energy and other topics related to clean energy. See Clean Energy Wiki.  

Solar power continues to get cheaper

The price of electricity from solar panels continues to plummet and is one of the driving forces in the transition to clean energy. The Department of Energy is aiming to cut the price of utility-scale solar by more than half by 2030. Government policies and scientific...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

National offshore wind goal to support 77,000 jobs

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm recently announced an ambitious new 30GW offshore wind deployment target by 2030. The national offshore wind goal is expected to support 77,000 jobs, power 10 million homes, and cut 78 million metric tons in carbon...

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Free STEM to Hydropower Workshop on Jan. 21

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a free workshop for individuals in the hydropower industry, academia and students to talk about educational resources that will mold the workforce of tomorrow. Participants can tap into the OpenEI STEM for Hydropower information...

read more

HYDROVISION International set for July 2021 in Spokane

HYDROVISION International has been postponed to July 27-29, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. "With the Columbia and Snake Rivers generating 40% of all U.S. hydropower and close to 80% of the electricity in the Northwest being produced by hydropower each year, we felt it ideal...

read more

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

read more

EnergyCareers 2020 virtual event Oct. 21

Want to discover and learn more about energy careers? EnergyCareers 2020 is a virtual career event from the Center for Energy Workforce Development on Oct. 21, 2020. The event will bring students, veterans, career changers, women, and under-represented groups in...

read more

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

read more

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

read more

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

read more

Public Power Forward Summit, Nov. 2019

The Pubic Power Forward Summit, held Nov. 21-22, in Nashville, is hosted by the American Public Power Association. The summit provides the opportunity for industry partners, strategic thinkers, and subject matter experts to discover new industry trends, technologies,...

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WA State and PSCAA moving forward on clean fuels policy

Developments in clean fuels policy is moving forward in Washington State with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). This week's clean air conference included discussion on regional health impacts and prospects for statewide policy in 2020. PSCAA’s work will spur...

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HydroVision International, June 26-28

The world's largest Hydropower event will take place June 26-28, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. HydroVision International will provide recent graduates and job seekers with career information in renewable energy and green technology industries. Over 300 companies...

read more

Join the hydroelectric power community for a virtual event on Feb. 23

HYDRO+, a partner of HYDROVISION International, is a year-round community offering opportunities for power industry professionals, including virtual experiences, education sessions, peer-to-peer networking, vendor demonstrations, and matchmaking assistance between...

Free STEM to Hydropower Workshop on Jan. 21

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a free workshop for individuals in the hydropower industry, academia and students to talk about educational resources that will mold the workforce of tomorrow. Participants can tap into the OpenEI STEM for Hydropower information...

HYDROVISION International set for July 2021 in Spokane

HYDROVISION International has been postponed to July 27-29, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. "With the Columbia and Snake Rivers generating 40% of all U.S. hydropower and close to 80% of the electricity in the Northwest being produced by hydropower each year, we felt it ideal...

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

EnergyCareers 2020 virtual event Oct. 21

Want to discover and learn more about energy careers? EnergyCareers 2020 is a virtual career event from the Center for Energy Workforce Development on Oct. 21, 2020. The event will bring students, veterans, career changers, women, and under-represented groups in...

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

Public Power Forward Summit, Nov. 2019

The Pubic Power Forward Summit, held Nov. 21-22, in Nashville, is hosted by the American Public Power Association. The summit provides the opportunity for industry partners, strategic thinkers, and subject matter experts to discover new industry trends, technologies,...

Join the hydroelectric power community for a virtual event on Feb. 23

HYDRO+, a partner of HYDROVISION International, is a year-round community offering opportunities for power industry professionals, including virtual experiences, education sessions, peer-to-peer networking, vendor demonstrations, and matchmaking assistance between...

Free STEM to Hydropower Workshop on Jan. 21

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a free workshop for individuals in the hydropower industry, academia and students to talk about educational resources that will mold the workforce of tomorrow. Participants can tap into the OpenEI STEM for Hydropower information...

HYDROVISION International set for July 2021 in Spokane

HYDROVISION International has been postponed to July 27-29, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. "With the Columbia and Snake Rivers generating 40% of all U.S. hydropower and close to 80% of the electricity in the Northwest being produced by hydropower each year, we felt it ideal...

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

EnergyCareers 2020 virtual event Oct. 21

Want to discover and learn more about energy careers? EnergyCareers 2020 is a virtual career event from the Center for Energy Workforce Development on Oct. 21, 2020. The event will bring students, veterans, career changers, women, and under-represented groups in...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

read more

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

read more

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

read more

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

read more

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

read more

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

read more

Congress considers energy measures

Financial relief to rural electric cooperatives, relief to biofuel producers, priority assistance for the clean energy sector, and reducing foreign dependence on critical minerals. Those are some of the issues considered by federal lawmakers during COVID relief...

read more

Investing in a resilient recovery for Washington State

From the Washington State Wire Op-Ed, 7/29/20: Our recently released report, “Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State,” considers how investments in environmental and built infrastructure offer a pathway to holistic and sustainable...

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The Grid: What is transmission?

The 'Grid' is in fact three independently operated systems, which utilize approximately 360,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S. Between the power plants, dams, and facilities that generate electricity and the wires that connect homes to substations is a series...

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Avista focuses on serving customers and communities

Avista maintains its focus on health, safety and critical utility operations in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. "We're deeply focused on serving our customers and communities well, and that means doing all we can to fulfill our core purpose, now and into the...

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PSE commits $1M to support community

Puget Sound Energy Foundation and Puget Sound Energy will donate more than a million dollars to organizations and food banks during a challenging time for its customers and communities as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation will help community...

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$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

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FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

read more

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

Congress considers energy measures

Financial relief to rural electric cooperatives, relief to biofuel producers, priority assistance for the clean energy sector, and reducing foreign dependence on critical minerals. Those are some of the issues considered by federal lawmakers during COVID relief...

Investing in a resilient recovery for Washington State

From the Washington State Wire Op-Ed, 7/29/20: Our recently released report, “Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State,” considers how investments in environmental and built infrastructure offer a pathway to holistic and sustainable...

The Grid: What is transmission?

The 'Grid' is in fact three independently operated systems, which utilize approximately 360,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S. Between the power plants, dams, and facilities that generate electricity and the wires that connect homes to substations is a series...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

read more

Wind Career Map: a wind energy career mapping tool

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map, an interactive mapping tool, to explore wind energy occupations, job descriptions across the industry, how to progress between careers, and to identify training needed. The career map covers many careers in...

read more

How one student kickstarted a career in clean energy

Thinking about a career as a clean energy scientist and developing solutions that could have a positive impact on the world, Vanessa Zambrano participated in the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)...

read more

Don’t let COVID-19 derail your plans after high school

Start planning your college or career pathway now! The Washington Student Achievement Council maps out steps and tools to start planning your education or training for a career in clean energy. Washington has many options and supports to help you get the education or...

read more

Free STEM to Hydropower Workshop on Jan. 21

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a free workshop for individuals in the hydropower industry, academia and students to talk about educational resources that will mold the workforce of tomorrow. Participants can tap into the OpenEI STEM for Hydropower information...

read more

Students: Apply now for DEED scholarships

The Spring Application Cycle for DEED scholarships is December 1 – February 15. High school seniors through graduate students – accepted or enrolled full-time in technical/trade schools or accredited colleges and universities – are eligible to apply...

read more

APPA Career Center

The American Public Power Association provides a Career Center to search energy jobs by location, keyword, discipline, and education. You can search for jobs in Washington state, filter by education required, build a profile, and create a search alert. Find out more...

read more

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

read more

EnergyCareers 2020 virtual event Oct. 21

Want to discover and learn more about energy careers? EnergyCareers 2020 is a virtual career event from the Center for Energy Workforce Development on Oct. 21, 2020. The event will bring students, veterans, career changers, women, and under-represented groups in...

read more

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

read more

Free tips on applying for DEED grants & scholarships

The 2020 DEED grant and scholarship cycle is open through February 15. DEED will host a free webinar on January 14, 2020, at 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST to provide answers to your questions about DEED grants and scholarships. For more information about DEED scholarships, visit...

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Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

read more

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

Wind Career Map: a wind energy career mapping tool

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map, an interactive mapping tool, to explore wind energy occupations, job descriptions across the industry, how to progress between careers, and to identify training needed. The career map covers many careers in...

Join the hydroelectric power community for a virtual event on Feb. 23

HYDRO+, a partner of HYDROVISION International, is a year-round community offering opportunities for power industry professionals, including virtual experiences, education sessions, peer-to-peer networking, vendor demonstrations, and matchmaking assistance between...

How one student kickstarted a career in clean energy

Thinking about a career as a clean energy scientist and developing solutions that could have a positive impact on the world, Vanessa Zambrano participated in the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)...

Don’t let COVID-19 derail your plans after high school

Start planning your college or career pathway now! The Washington Student Achievement Council maps out steps and tools to start planning your education or training for a career in clean energy. Washington has many options and supports to help you get the education or...

State and national resources for clean energy jobs and innovation

See how the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in eastern Washington is partnering with academic institutions to support clean energy innovation and impact. PNNL Joint Institutes » Browse Jobs at PNNL » Clean Energy Jobs & Planning Find jobs,...

Free STEM to Hydropower Workshop on Jan. 21

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a free workshop for individuals in the hydropower industry, academia and students to talk about educational resources that will mold the workforce of tomorrow. Participants can tap into the OpenEI STEM for Hydropower information...

Students: Apply now for DEED scholarships

The Spring Application Cycle for DEED scholarships is December 1 – February 15. High school seniors through graduate students – accepted or enrolled full-time in technical/trade schools or accredited colleges and universities – are eligible to apply...

APPA Career Center

The American Public Power Association provides a Career Center to search energy jobs by location, keyword, discipline, and education. You can search for jobs in Washington state, filter by education required, build a profile, and create a search alert. Find out more...

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

Wind Career Map: a wind energy career mapping tool

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map, an interactive mapping tool, to explore wind energy occupations, job descriptions across the industry, how to progress between careers, and to identify training needed. The career map covers many careers in...

Join the hydroelectric power community for a virtual event on Feb. 23

HYDRO+, a partner of HYDROVISION International, is a year-round community offering opportunities for power industry professionals, including virtual experiences, education sessions, peer-to-peer networking, vendor demonstrations, and matchmaking assistance between...

How one student kickstarted a career in clean energy

Thinking about a career as a clean energy scientist and developing solutions that could have a positive impact on the world, Vanessa Zambrano participated in the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)...

Don’t let COVID-19 derail your plans after high school

Start planning your college or career pathway now! The Washington Student Achievement Council maps out steps and tools to start planning your education or training for a career in clean energy. Washington has many options and supports to help you get the education or...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

read more

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

read more

Wind Career Map: a wind energy career mapping tool

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map, an interactive mapping tool, to explore wind energy occupations, job descriptions across the industry, how to progress between careers, and to identify training needed. The career map covers many careers in...

read more

BPA now hiring, apply by Jan. 23

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is now hiring Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electrician, and Apprentice Substation Operators. BPA has 22 apprentice jobs open, and these openings will close Jan. 23, 2021: Step-2 Apprentice Linemen Step-2 Apprentice Electricians...

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2020 Public Power Salary Survey

According to the results of a recent American Public Power Association survey, the median hourly wage for 24 non-management positions ranged from $21.31 (customer service representative) to $45.98 (plant shift supervisor). The survey also showed that 18 of 27...

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APPA Career Center

The American Public Power Association provides a Career Center to search energy jobs by location, keyword, discipline, and education. You can search for jobs in Washington state, filter by education required, build a profile, and create a search alert. Find out more...

read more

Find jobs and career help from CEWD

Find jobs in Washington or other states on the CEWD Get Into Energy website. Get Into Energy was designed and launched by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) to build awareness among students, teachers, military veterans, transitioning workers, and...

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Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

read more

EnergyCareers 2020 virtual event Oct. 21

Want to discover and learn more about energy careers? EnergyCareers 2020 is a virtual career event from the Center for Energy Workforce Development on Oct. 21, 2020. The event will bring students, veterans, career changers, women, and under-represented groups in...

read more

Hiring for Hydro, Seattle – Apply Now!

The Hydropower Foundation's Hiring for Hydro 2020 event will take place on February 19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, in Seattle, WA. Be part of the 4th annual Hiring for Hydro — a recruiting and educational event designed to attract and recruit new workforce...

read more

Apply for jobs in the energy industry!

For a current list of energy jobs in Washington, go to: Get Into Energy - Washington Jobs. For a listing of jobs by state, and to search and apply for energy jobs, visit the Get Into Energy jobs site.

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Search for Public Power jobs

Did you know you can search for jobs by state on the American Public Power Association website? Here are current job listings for Washington. Try your search at: jobs.publicpower.org/jobs

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BPA to open apprentice jobs in May 2019

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will post job vacancy announcements May 6-21, 2019, for Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electricians, and Apprentice Substation Operators. The vacancies will be merit promotion announcements, so military veterans qualify as do...

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HydroVision International, June 26-28

The world's largest Hydropower event will take place June 26-28, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. HydroVision International will provide recent graduates and job seekers with career information in renewable energy and green technology industries. Over 300 companies...

read more

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

Wind Career Map: a wind energy career mapping tool

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map, an interactive mapping tool, to explore wind energy occupations, job descriptions across the industry, how to progress between careers, and to identify training needed. The career map covers many careers in...

State and national resources for clean energy jobs and innovation

See how the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in eastern Washington is partnering with academic institutions to support clean energy innovation and impact. PNNL Joint Institutes » Browse Jobs at PNNL » Clean Energy Jobs & Planning Find jobs,...

BPA now hiring, apply by Jan. 23

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is now hiring Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electrician, and Apprentice Substation Operators. BPA has 22 apprentice jobs open, and these openings will close Jan. 23, 2021: Step-2 Apprentice Linemen Step-2 Apprentice Electricians...

2020 Public Power Salary Survey

According to the results of a recent American Public Power Association survey, the median hourly wage for 24 non-management positions ranged from $21.31 (customer service representative) to $45.98 (plant shift supervisor). The survey also showed that 18 of 27...

APPA Career Center

The American Public Power Association provides a Career Center to search energy jobs by location, keyword, discipline, and education. You can search for jobs in Washington state, filter by education required, build a profile, and create a search alert. Find out more...

Find jobs and career help from CEWD

Find jobs in Washington or other states on the CEWD Get Into Energy website. Get Into Energy was designed and launched by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) to build awareness among students, teachers, military veterans, transitioning workers, and...

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

EnergyCareers 2020 virtual event Oct. 21

Want to discover and learn more about energy careers? EnergyCareers 2020 is a virtual career event from the Center for Energy Workforce Development on Oct. 21, 2020. The event will bring students, veterans, career changers, women, and under-represented groups in...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

Wind Career Map: a wind energy career mapping tool

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map, an interactive mapping tool, to explore wind energy occupations, job descriptions across the industry, how to progress between careers, and to identify training needed. The career map covers many careers in...

State and national resources for clean energy jobs and innovation

See how the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in eastern Washington is partnering with academic institutions to support clean energy innovation and impact. PNNL Joint Institutes » Browse Jobs at PNNL » Clean Energy Jobs & Planning Find jobs,...

BPA now hiring, apply by Jan. 23

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is now hiring Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electrician, and Apprentice Substation Operators. BPA has 22 apprentice jobs open, and these openings will close Jan. 23, 2021: Step-2 Apprentice Linemen Step-2 Apprentice Electricians...

Free STEM to Hydropower Workshop on Jan. 21

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a free workshop for individuals in the hydropower industry, academia and students to talk about educational resources that will mold the workforce of tomorrow. Participants can tap into the OpenEI STEM for Hydropower information...

read more

HYDROVISION International set for July 2021 in Spokane

HYDROVISION International has been postponed to July 27-29, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. "With the Columbia and Snake Rivers generating 40% of all U.S. hydropower and close to 80% of the electricity in the Northwest being produced by hydropower each year, we felt it ideal...

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Energy storage will be crucial in coming years

As the volume of variable renewable energy resources grows, storage will become important for managing supply and demand, potentially delaying or avoiding grid upgrade requirements. Utility scale battery storage, pumped hyrdo, seasonal storage -- all are components of...

read more

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

read more

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

read more

Bill Gates backs hydropower technology as renewable energy source

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing a hydropower technology that may potentially "fundamentally change how water is leveraged as a renewable energy source." Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which was set up by Gates, joined Schneider Electric in an $11m investment in...

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Wind surpasses hydro as most used renewable

Wind is now the top renewable source of electricity generation in the country, a position previously held by hydroelectricity. Annual wind generation totaled 300 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2019, exceeding hydroelectric generation by 26 million MWh. Wind generation...

read more

Join the hydroelectric power community for a virtual event on Feb. 23

HYDRO+, a partner of HYDROVISION International, is a year-round community offering opportunities for power industry professionals, including virtual experiences, education sessions, peer-to-peer networking, vendor demonstrations, and matchmaking assistance between...

Free STEM to Hydropower Workshop on Jan. 21

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a free workshop for individuals in the hydropower industry, academia and students to talk about educational resources that will mold the workforce of tomorrow. Participants can tap into the OpenEI STEM for Hydropower information...

HYDROVISION International set for July 2021 in Spokane

HYDROVISION International has been postponed to July 27-29, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. "With the Columbia and Snake Rivers generating 40% of all U.S. hydropower and close to 80% of the electricity in the Northwest being produced by hydropower each year, we felt it ideal...

Energy storage will be crucial in coming years

As the volume of variable renewable energy resources grows, storage will become important for managing supply and demand, potentially delaying or avoiding grid upgrade requirements. Utility scale battery storage, pumped hyrdo, seasonal storage -- all are components of...

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

Bill Gates backs hydropower technology as renewable energy source

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing a hydropower technology that may potentially "fundamentally change how water is leveraged as a renewable energy source." Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which was set up by Gates, joined Schneider Electric in an $11m investment in...

Wind surpasses hydro as most used renewable

Wind is now the top renewable source of electricity generation in the country, a position previously held by hydroelectricity. Annual wind generation totaled 300 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2019, exceeding hydroelectric generation by 26 million MWh. Wind generation...

Join the hydroelectric power community for a virtual event on Feb. 23

HYDRO+, a partner of HYDROVISION International, is a year-round community offering opportunities for power industry professionals, including virtual experiences, education sessions, peer-to-peer networking, vendor demonstrations, and matchmaking assistance between...

Free STEM to Hydropower Workshop on Jan. 21

The Hydropower Foundation is hosting a free workshop for individuals in the hydropower industry, academia and students to talk about educational resources that will mold the workforce of tomorrow. Participants can tap into the OpenEI STEM for Hydropower information...

HYDROVISION International set for July 2021 in Spokane

HYDROVISION International has been postponed to July 27-29, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. "With the Columbia and Snake Rivers generating 40% of all U.S. hydropower and close to 80% of the electricity in the Northwest being produced by hydropower each year, we felt it ideal...

Energy storage will be crucial in coming years

As the volume of variable renewable energy resources grows, storage will become important for managing supply and demand, potentially delaying or avoiding grid upgrade requirements. Utility scale battery storage, pumped hyrdo, seasonal storage -- all are components of...

Hiring for Hydro virtual events: Dec. 2 & 8

This year's virtual Hiring for Hydro event in December gives students from colleges throughout the region a chance to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. Get prepped for Hiring for Hydro...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

read more

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

read more

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

read more

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

read more

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

read more

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

read more

Congress considers energy measures

Financial relief to rural electric cooperatives, relief to biofuel producers, priority assistance for the clean energy sector, and reducing foreign dependence on critical minerals. Those are some of the issues considered by federal lawmakers during COVID relief...

read more

Investing in a resilient recovery for Washington State

From the Washington State Wire Op-Ed, 7/29/20: Our recently released report, “Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State,” considers how investments in environmental and built infrastructure offer a pathway to holistic and sustainable...

read more

The Grid: What is transmission?

The 'Grid' is in fact three independently operated systems, which utilize approximately 360,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S. Between the power plants, dams, and facilities that generate electricity and the wires that connect homes to substations is a series...

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Avista focuses on serving customers and communities

Avista maintains its focus on health, safety and critical utility operations in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. "We're deeply focused on serving our customers and communities well, and that means doing all we can to fulfill our core purpose, now and into the...

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PSE commits $1M to support community

Puget Sound Energy Foundation and Puget Sound Energy will donate more than a million dollars to organizations and food banks during a challenging time for its customers and communities as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation will help community...

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$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

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FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

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The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

Congress considers energy measures

Financial relief to rural electric cooperatives, relief to biofuel producers, priority assistance for the clean energy sector, and reducing foreign dependence on critical minerals. Those are some of the issues considered by federal lawmakers during COVID relief...

Investing in a resilient recovery for Washington State

From the Washington State Wire Op-Ed, 7/29/20: Our recently released report, “Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State,” considers how investments in environmental and built infrastructure offer a pathway to holistic and sustainable...

The Grid: What is transmission?

The 'Grid' is in fact three independently operated systems, which utilize approximately 360,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S. Between the power plants, dams, and facilities that generate electricity and the wires that connect homes to substations is a series...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

Clean Energy educational resources for K-12

The Clean Energy Wiki, hosted by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, offers teaching and learning resources for K-12 on solar energy and other topics related to clean energy. See Clean Energy Wiki.  

read more

Solar power continues to get cheaper

The price of electricity from solar panels continues to plummet and is one of the driving forces in the transition to clean energy. The Department of Energy is aiming to cut the price of utility-scale solar by more than half by 2030. Government policies and scientific...

read more

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

read more

Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

read more

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

read more

DOE announces $45M to fund solar technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $45 million for research to advance solar hardware and systems integration, including the creation of a consortium dedicated to developing control technologies for a modernized electric grid. "The Nation's solar...

read more

2021: The year solar drives home energy efficiency?

Next year could see the beginning of more growth in residential solar in the coming years and a shift from it being leveraged as a standalone product to taking advantage of its ability to support a total home energy solution. It is expected that homeowners will...

read more

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

read more

IKEA adds 1M solar panels to its stores

IKEA invested $2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure in 2019. It put 1 million solar panels on 370 0f its stores and warehouses, and also built 535 wind turbines and 2 solar parks. The goal is to be climate positive by 2030. IKEA shows that we have the...

read more

Solar power interest peaks during pandemic

People in quarantine are searching for solar power. New data from The Harris Poll and LG show that LG’s solar web traffic, as well as quote requests for residential systems are both trending high since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the issue becomes turning...

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$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

read more

New solar panel sets record for efficiency

A new kind of solar technology has set a world record for the most efficient generation of energy by a solar cell. By stacking six different photoactive layers, the record-setting multi-junction cell has reached nearly 50 percent efficiency in the lab and nearly 40...

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New bill to help WA ranchers losing land to solar farms

Washington ranchers, farmers and state agencies are learning that certain land features make them ideal for renewable energy projects. Ranchers are losing land to solar farms, but help is on the way. Leases canceled from the Department of Natural Resources are hurting...

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New solar cells reach an efficiency record

New designs for perovskite-silicon solar cells have reached a conversion efficiency of 27.7 percent. The use of solar photovoltaic cells as a renewable energy source is booming, as the technology becomes more efficient and less expensive. Stacking perovskite solar...

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Clean Energy educational resources for K-12

The Clean Energy Wiki, hosted by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, offers teaching and learning resources for K-12 on solar energy and other topics related to clean energy. See Clean Energy Wiki.  

Solar power continues to get cheaper

The price of electricity from solar panels continues to plummet and is one of the driving forces in the transition to clean energy. The Department of Energy is aiming to cut the price of utility-scale solar by more than half by 2030. Government policies and scientific...

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

$3.7M awarded for solar installations in low-income communities

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $3.7 million in grants for nine solar energy projects across the state. The projects will result in a total $6.1 million reduction in the energy burden of low-income households and nonprofits serving low-income...

Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

DOE announces $45M to fund solar technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $45 million for research to advance solar hardware and systems integration, including the creation of a consortium dedicated to developing control technologies for a modernized electric grid. "The Nation's solar...

2021: The year solar drives home energy efficiency?

Next year could see the beginning of more growth in residential solar in the coming years and a shift from it being leveraged as a standalone product to taking advantage of its ability to support a total home energy solution. It is expected that homeowners will...

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

IKEA adds 1M solar panels to its stores

IKEA invested $2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure in 2019. It put 1 million solar panels on 370 0f its stores and warehouses, and also built 535 wind turbines and 2 solar parks. The goal is to be climate positive by 2030. IKEA shows that we have the...

Clean Energy educational resources for K-12

The Clean Energy Wiki, hosted by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, offers teaching and learning resources for K-12 on solar energy and other topics related to clean energy. See Clean Energy Wiki.  

Solar power continues to get cheaper

The price of electricity from solar panels continues to plummet and is one of the driving forces in the transition to clean energy. The Department of Energy is aiming to cut the price of utility-scale solar by more than half by 2030. Government policies and scientific...

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

$3.7M awarded for solar installations in low-income communities

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $3.7 million in grants for nine solar energy projects across the state. The projects will result in a total $6.1 million reduction in the energy burden of low-income households and nonprofits serving low-income...

Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

Washington releases 2021 State Energy Strategy

The Washington State Department of Commerce released its Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy in December 2020. The strategy is designed to provide a roadmap for meeting the state's greenhouse gas emission limits. Enacted in 2020, the law commits Washington to limits...

Gov. Inslee announces climate policy for 2021-23

Gov. Jay Inslee announced his climate policy for the 2021-23 biennium for Washington state. The 2021-23 climate investments include: $20M for grants to nonprofit lenders for clean energy loans, $15M for grid modernization projects, $15M for research and development...

DOE releases energy storage challenge and reports

The Department of Energy (DOE) released its Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap, its first comprehensive energy storage strategy. The DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) is a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and...

Investing in a resilient recovery for Washington State

From the Washington State Wire Op-Ed, 7/29/20: Our recently released report, “Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State,” considers how investments in environmental and built infrastructure offer a pathway to holistic and sustainable...

Solar panels that generate electricity at night?

Researchers from the University of California, Davis explain in a recent paper, published in the journal ACS Photonics, that if you want to create a solar panel that generates electricity at night, you have to create one that operates the exact opposite way solar...

Hydropower utilization in Washington and the U.S.

For more than 100 years, hydropower has translated energy from falling water into electricity at an efficiency rate that exceeds 90% on many projects. Hydro also provides more of the services necessary for reliability than any other resource, including operating...

Washington State leads nation in energy efficiency jobs

Energy jobs in Washington State comprise 2.8 percent of the entire country's energy efficiency workforce, making it the leading state in the country in energy efficiency jobs, according to the latest U.S. Energy and Employment report. Explore the full report and the...

2018 Year in Review: Partnerships & Milestones

Last year was a monumental year for completed projects at the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy. We are proud of our accomplishments—the projects, deliverables and milestones reached, including: Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) Grant: The completion...

WISE Success Stories

The WISE consortium is proud to share WISE Project Success Stories, a series of success stories that highlight the WISE project and partnership. Find out how the support received from the WISE Grant is making a difference for students, through advances, best...

Washington releases 2021 State Energy Strategy

The Washington State Department of Commerce released its Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy in December 2020. The strategy is designed to provide a roadmap for meeting the state's greenhouse gas emission limits. Enacted in 2020, the law commits Washington to limits...

Gov. Inslee announces climate policy for 2021-23

Gov. Jay Inslee announced his climate policy for the 2021-23 biennium for Washington state. The 2021-23 climate investments include: $20M for grants to nonprofit lenders for clean energy loans, $15M for grid modernization projects, $15M for research and development...

DOE releases energy storage challenge and reports

The Department of Energy (DOE) released its Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap, its first comprehensive energy storage strategy. The DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) is a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and...

Investing in a resilient recovery for Washington State

From the Washington State Wire Op-Ed, 7/29/20: Our recently released report, “Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State,” considers how investments in environmental and built infrastructure offer a pathway to holistic and sustainable...

Solar panels that generate electricity at night?

Researchers from the University of California, Davis explain in a recent paper, published in the journal ACS Photonics, that if you want to create a solar panel that generates electricity at night, you have to create one that operates the exact opposite way solar...

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

read more

Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

read more

BPA now hiring, apply by Jan. 23

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is now hiring Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electrician, and Apprentice Substation Operators. BPA has 22 apprentice jobs open, and these openings will close Jan. 23, 2021: Step-2 Apprentice Linemen Step-2 Apprentice Electricians...

read more

WA State agencies adopt rules for clean electricity law

The Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) adopted administrative rules for implementation of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), the state law passed last year requiring an electricity supply free...

read more

DOE releases energy storage challenge and reports

The Department of Energy (DOE) released its Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap, its first comprehensive energy storage strategy. The DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) is a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and...

read more

Energy storage will be crucial in coming years

As the volume of variable renewable energy resources grows, storage will become important for managing supply and demand, potentially delaying or avoiding grid upgrade requirements. Utility scale battery storage, pumped hyrdo, seasonal storage -- all are components of...

read more

2020 Public Power Salary Survey

According to the results of a recent American Public Power Association survey, the median hourly wage for 24 non-management positions ranged from $21.31 (customer service representative) to $45.98 (plant shift supervisor). The survey also showed that 18 of 27...

read more

Electricity 101: Learn the basics

How do people get electricity for daily use? Learn about how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed. The American Public Power Association explains The Electric Utility Network and Smart Grid. Read: Electricity Basics  

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The Grid: What is transmission?

The 'Grid' is in fact three independently operated systems, which utilize approximately 360,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S. Between the power plants, dams, and facilities that generate electricity and the wires that connect homes to substations is a series...

read more

Oregon public power utility to monetize clean fuel credits

The City of Ashland, Oregon, participates in the Oregon Clean Fuels program through its electric utility. The program aims to reduce the CO2 intensity of Oregon's transportation fuels over time. The Ashland City Council approved the monetization of clean fuel credits...

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Successful battery farm stabilizes local grid

The battery backup Elon Musk built has saved South Australia tens of millions of dollars. Musk’s Australian solar and wind farm powers rural South Australia, with a population density between Wyoming and Alaska. South Australia experienced a near total blackout in...

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Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

BPA now hiring, apply by Jan. 23

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is now hiring Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electrician, and Apprentice Substation Operators. BPA has 22 apprentice jobs open, and these openings will close Jan. 23, 2021: Step-2 Apprentice Linemen Step-2 Apprentice Electricians...

WA State agencies adopt rules for clean electricity law

The Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) adopted administrative rules for implementation of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), the state law passed last year requiring an electricity supply free...

New legislation to strengthen grid security in Southwest Washington

The Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and Grid Modernization Research and Development Act were included in a funding package recently approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Led by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, the bills aim...

DOE releases energy storage challenge and reports

The Department of Energy (DOE) released its Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap, its first comprehensive energy storage strategy. The DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) is a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and...

Energy storage will be crucial in coming years

As the volume of variable renewable energy resources grows, storage will become important for managing supply and demand, potentially delaying or avoiding grid upgrade requirements. Utility scale battery storage, pumped hyrdo, seasonal storage -- all are components of...

2020 Public Power Salary Survey

According to the results of a recent American Public Power Association survey, the median hourly wage for 24 non-management positions ranged from $21.31 (customer service representative) to $45.98 (plant shift supervisor). The survey also showed that 18 of 27...

Electricity 101: Learn the basics

How do people get electricity for daily use? Learn about how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed. The American Public Power Association explains The Electric Utility Network and Smart Grid. Read: Electricity Basics  

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

BPA now hiring, apply by Jan. 23

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is now hiring Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electrician, and Apprentice Substation Operators. BPA has 22 apprentice jobs open, and these openings will close Jan. 23, 2021: Step-2 Apprentice Linemen Step-2 Apprentice Electricians...

WA State agencies adopt rules for clean electricity law

The Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) adopted administrative rules for implementation of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), the state law passed last year requiring an electricity supply free...

New legislation to strengthen grid security in Southwest Washington

The Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and Grid Modernization Research and Development Act were included in a funding package recently approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Led by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, the bills aim...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

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Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

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Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

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Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

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Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

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HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

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Congress considers energy measures

Financial relief to rural electric cooperatives, relief to biofuel producers, priority assistance for the clean energy sector, and reducing foreign dependence on critical minerals. Those are some of the issues considered by federal lawmakers during COVID relief...

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Investing in a resilient recovery for Washington State

From the Washington State Wire Op-Ed, 7/29/20: Our recently released report, “Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State,” considers how investments in environmental and built infrastructure offer a pathway to holistic and sustainable...

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The Grid: What is transmission?

The 'Grid' is in fact three independently operated systems, which utilize approximately 360,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S. Between the power plants, dams, and facilities that generate electricity and the wires that connect homes to substations is a series...

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Avista focuses on serving customers and communities

Avista maintains its focus on health, safety and critical utility operations in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. "We're deeply focused on serving our customers and communities well, and that means doing all we can to fulfill our core purpose, now and into the...

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PSE commits $1M to support community

Puget Sound Energy Foundation and Puget Sound Energy will donate more than a million dollars to organizations and food banks during a challenging time for its customers and communities as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation will help community...

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$1B Nevada Gemini Solar Project approved for construction

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday signed off on Nevada’s Gemini Solar Project, which could be the largest U.S. solar plant once constructed. The 690-megawatt Gemini project won federal approval despite lingering controversy over its environmental...

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FERC to discuss COVID-19 impact

According to industry insiders, the pandemic is highlighting issues facing power generators and the energy industry in general as COVID-19 slows the U.S. and global economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer...

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The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

HYDROVISION Exchange Virtual Event

HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review will host HYDROVISION Exchange, a three-day virtual event, on November 17-19, 2020. The event will be fully virtual and includes a powerful keynote address, timely content and education sessions, peer-to-peer networking,...

Congress considers energy measures

Financial relief to rural electric cooperatives, relief to biofuel producers, priority assistance for the clean energy sector, and reducing foreign dependence on critical minerals. Those are some of the issues considered by federal lawmakers during COVID relief...

Investing in a resilient recovery for Washington State

From the Washington State Wire Op-Ed, 7/29/20: Our recently released report, “Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State,” considers how investments in environmental and built infrastructure offer a pathway to holistic and sustainable...

The Grid: What is transmission?

The 'Grid' is in fact three independently operated systems, which utilize approximately 360,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S. Between the power plants, dams, and facilities that generate electricity and the wires that connect homes to substations is a series...

The Clean Energy COE is looking for a new leader!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College. The screening committee will begin priority review of applications on April 20, 2021. The position is open until filled....

Grid modernization under the Clean Energy Fund

The Washington State Department of Commerce has open applications through May 18, 2021, for new funding opportunities through its Clean Energy Fund (CEF). CEF provides funding for Washington electric utilities for Grid Modernization projects that: advance clean,...

Automakers race to develop solid-state vehicle battery

As more consumers are looking to buy their first electric vehicle, the competition is growing among automakers to develop a solid-state battery that costs less and has a longer range. Transitioning from an auto industry that runs mostly on gasoline and diesel to one...

Renewables pass coal in electricity generation

A clean energy milestone was set in 2020 when renewables surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to Inside Climate News. The continuing rise of wind and solar power, its low cost, and the steady performance of hydroelectric power, all contributed to U.S....

Linking sun and wind to connect regional electricity grids

Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest's peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon. As renewables grow — along with...

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The Clean Energy Center of Excellence is a statewide resource that represents the interests of the energy industry, and our labor partners, within the Washington State Community and Technical Colleges system. We exist to narrow the gap between employers’ demands for a highly skilled workforce and the colleges’ ability to supply work-ready graduates. We convene industry and labor to help drive workforce development initiatives — and coordinate community college resources after industry and labor set the direction.
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