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‘Stand-up Economist,’ Illustrator take Comic Book Look at Climate Change

Our friend and occasional panelist, Yoram Bauman, Ph.D.,  was profiled in The Herald, August 17, 2014.

By Robin Lindley

August 17, 2014 – (Everett, WA) – Seattle’s Dr. Yoram Bauman is probably best known for clarifying the intricacies of economics with doses of humor as “the world’s first and only stand-up economist.” He has a national following and has shared the stage with luminaries from Robin Williams to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

WCTA Climate Series: The Carbon Tax Discussion

Yoram Bauman, James Tansey, Todd Myers, and Jon Talton at a recent WCTA event

Dr. Bauman now focuses his wit and economics expertise on the daunting issue of climate change with illustrator Gary Klein in an educational and entertaining new book, “The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change” (Island Press). In the book, Dr. Bauman offers — using humor — a primer on global climate history, the science of climate change, the consequences of human use of fossil fuels, and policy guidelines for addressing climate change — before it’s too late. Read More…


Think the Northwest is just too gloomy for solar? Think again!

By Sarah Joy Smith, A&R Solar.

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August 15, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – Believe it or not, the Northwest is actually an ideal climate for solar power. As native Northwesterners we know how hard that can be to imagine, but the system does not work in the way you might think.

It’s our milder summer climate (read warm but not scorching) that makes it possible for solar panels to absorb the light more efficiently. This coupled with what are considered to be long summer days is a big reason solar is an excellent choice in the NW.

Fun Fact: Did you know that because we are north of the 45th parallel that our days, from sun up to sun down, can last from 5am to 10pm in summertime? Even in the southern half of the country, where sun is more prolific in nature, days often last from 7am to 7pm in the summer months. Read More…


Washington State Green Jobs Reports

offshore-wind-powerA summary of the Washington State Green Jobs Reports published between 2008 and 2011, written by Amrita Ghasghase, Seattle University MBA Candidate and WCTA Intern.

August 13, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – As directed by the Washington State Legislature, the Employment Security Department conducted a survey in 2008 to understand the scope of green jobs in Washington State.  This was followed by further surveys in 2009 and in 2011.

The 2008 survey targeted only private sector firms that most likely had “green jobs.”  Based on the findings of this survey, the 2009 survey was expanded to include the public sector.  Both the 2008 and 2009 surveys were conducted in industries that were presumed to be “green.”  The 2011 survey was expanded to all industries in the private and public sectors.  All data was self-reported by companies. Read More…


Big Batteries Are Starting to Boost the Electric Grid

This is an NBC News Story by John Roach. It features WCTA Members Avista and UniEnergy Technologies and WCTA Board member Curt Kirkeby.

Curt Kirkeby, Avista

Curt Kirkeby, Avista

Long hailed as a game changer that will allow unlimited amounts of wind and solar energy onto the electric power grid, big rechargeable batteries are beginning to move out of research labs and find a home amid the real-world tangle of smokestacks, turbines and power lines. Today, the reality falls short of the hype about fossil-fuel-free electricity — but experts say that future could be in store.

Read the full story here.


WCTA Begins Working with State to Quantify Cleantech

WA Cleantech Study Task Force 2 We know cleantech is important in our state–it’s time to figure out how important it is.

To begin figuring this out, the WCTA has helped to convene a task force of expert stakeholders to get a grip on this hard-to-define sector.  At the WCTA offices on July 22, 2014, the process began.  Included in the task force were representatives from the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Washington State Department of Revenue, Washington State Employment Security Department, the Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County, and the WCTA.  Two WCTA Board members joined the conversation:  Board Chair Steve Gerritson and Richard Locke of the Washington State Department of Commerce. Read More…


Solar and EV Adoption, Climate Policies, and Green Finance Drive US Cleantech Leadership Index Growth

Annual Clean Edge Report Finds California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Colorado, & New York Lead Among States; San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Portland, & Sacramento Lead Among Metros

July 15, 2014 (Portland, OR) – Clean Edge, a leading cleantech research firm, today released its 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The Index, which tracks the clean-tech activities of all 50 states and the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. – from EV and renewables adoption to patent and investment activity – is available to partners and subscribers. A 49-page public report, with supporting tables and charts, can be downloaded for free at

Clean energy is becoming a popular energy choice for mainstream America. Eleven states now generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with two – Iowa and South Dakota – exceeding 25 percent. Solar installations climbed more than 40 percent year-over-year in the U.S., while registrations of all-electric vehicles more than doubled between the 2013 and 2014 indexes, to nearly 220,000 nationwide. Read More…


US DOE Makes $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available

Provided by Michael Grossman, FiftyPlusOne.

July 11, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy is making up to $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gasses. Read More…


South Snohomish is Going Solar

By Reeves Clippard, A&R Solar.

Seattle, WA (July 15, 2014) -  Solarize Campaigns are all the rage. Solarize is put out by a local non-profit (NWSEED) to help communities leverage group buying power for bulk discounts.  A&R Solar was just selected as the preferred contractor by the South (Snohomish) County community group for their Solarize efforts. The first workshop is coming up soon on July 16th from 6:30-8pm at the Lynnwood Library. So spread the word! The press release is below.rp_Photo-Aug-08-3-24-08-PM-300x225.jpg

Solarize South County is a citizen-led initiative to bring solar energy to homes and small businesses in several communities. A collaborative effort of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), Snohomish County PUD, the City of Edmonds and a team of volunteers from Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Woodway, Solarize South County is a time-limited initiative designed to help single family homeowners and small businesses purchase solar panels via a streamlined process and group discount. Registration is now open. The first workshop will be held July 16.

The Solarize South County initiative will include a PUD-registered solar installer (that’s us!), selected by a volunteer committee through a competitive process. Participants in the initiative will be eligible not only for the group discount, but also for the PUD’s Solar Express rebate of up to $2500 for residential customers and up to $10,000 for small businesses, along with federal and state incentives for solar energy.

To qualify for a free site assessment and community pricing, interested residents and business owners are invited to attend free educational workshops scheduled monthly, July through September. Registration for Solarize South County is now open at Workshops are set for the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, July 16, 6:30-8pm, Lynnwood Library (19200 – 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood)
  • Tuesday, August 5, 6:30-8pm, Edmonds City Hall, Brackett Room (121 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds)
  • Wednesday August 20, 6:30-8pm, Lynnwood Library (19200 – 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood)
  • Saturday, Sept 13, 10-11:30am, Edmonds City Hall, Brackett Room (121 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds)
  • Please note that this program is only open to residents and small businesses in the following zip codes: 98026, 98037, 98036, 98043 and 98020.

For additional information, please visit

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Element 8 Announces Record Funding Level in Cleantech Companies in First Half of 2014

Element8SEATTLE (June 27, 2014) – Element 8 announced its members have invested more than $3.7 million in a total of 10 clean technology companies during the first half of 2014. The half-year amount is nearly the same as the year-long total of $3.8 million in 2013. Since its founding in 2006, Element 8 members have invested more than $17.5 million in 50 companies. Read More…


Are We Throwing Away an Energy Solution?

Philipp Schmidt-Pathman is Executive Director & Co-Founder, Zero Landfill Alliance and is CEO & Founder, WRSI Consulting Group.

Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann

Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann,, Founder and Executive Director of the Zero Landfill Alliance, is extensively cited in a new Christian Science Monitor blog post by Kurt Cobb.

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