This Electric Life

Washington State a Hub of Renewable Energy Activity

Developers have chosen Washington to be the site of three of the few tidal energy projects in the country. Each has received federal permitting, and one project, the 1 MW SnoPUD Admiralty Inlet Tidal project in Snohomish County, is using a $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to be operational by 2011. The University of Washington also received a federal grant to monitor aquatic life at the site of the project.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, located in Richland, is on the leading edge of biomass, marine, and other renewable energy research and development.

Washington is currently developing one of the largest solar photovoltaic projects in the world, a 75 MW project that would bring more than 200 construction jobs and 35 permanent jobs to an economically depressed community east of Seattle.

From the American council on renewable energy or ACORE: “Renewable Energy in America: Markets, Economic Development and Policy in the 50 States.” Spring 2011 Update