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Ten Years of Progress Positions Washington State to Take Renewable Energy to the Next Level

Since 2007, Washington State has seen a 17,588 percent increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 330 percent increase in wind energy production, according to a new report released today by Environment Washington Research and Policy Center. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles that will help catalyze the clean energy revolution in Washington. Emerging as a leader in some categories, Washington ranked 3rd for number of electric vehicles sold and 10th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.

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Washington State Ranking for Total New Solar Installations Ticks Up in 2017, Lags Many Other States

A new analysis released by SEIA/GTM Research shows Washington State ranks 27th for solar installations in the first quarter of 2017, up from its 28th place ranking for annual solar installations in 2016. Nationally, solar accounted for 30 percent of new energy capacity in that time.

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Seattle’s health at risk with dirty air days in 2015

Air pollution remains a major threat to our health, according to a new report from Environment Washington Research & Policy Center, Our Health at Risk: Why Are Millions of Americans Still Breathing Unhealthy Air? In 2015, people here in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area experienced 137 days with elevated particulate matter pollution, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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New Data Shows Solar Jobs Growing in Washington State

Solar in Washington State now employs 3,681 people, a 63% increase from 2015, according to new data released today by the Solar Foundation. The data breaks down solar jobs in Washington by county, congressional district and metro area.

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Environment Washington Launches Campaign to Get Local Governments to Go Big on Solar

With solar energy on the rise across Washington and the country, Environment Washington announced the launch of a push to get cities and local governments to make sizable commitments to capturing the power of the sun. The “Shining Cities” campaign will engage and mobilize hundreds of members, volunteers and the growing ranks of stakeholders who recognize the tremendous environmental and economic benefits to convince local governments to expand their use of pollution-free solar power.

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New Report: Wind, solar and other clean energy sources could supply all of our energy

Wind, solar, and other renewable sources now make up just about 10 percent of the nation’s energy mix, but transitioning to 100 percent clean energy is both necessary and feasible, experts said today.