Released today at 11:25 a.m.
STATE OF WASHINGTON
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
1011 Plum Street SE ? PO Box 42525 ? Olympia, Washington 98504-2525 ? (360) 725-4000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2011
Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 360.725.2805
Rebecca Stillings, State Energy Office, 360.725.3123
Transportation efficiency key to Washington’s energy future
The 2012 Washington State Energy Strategy released today addresses solutions for economic growth, jobs and climate
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today released the 2012 Washington State Energy Strategy, the first comprehensive analysis and recommendations for meeting the state’s future energy needs since 1993.
“Today, some $16 billion leaves our state economy annually to service our energy needs, and that’s just one of the economic issues we must grapple with as we think about our energy future,” said Commerce Director Rogers Weed. “Our transportation system is both our largest and least efficient energy user - source of 45% of greenhouse gases and more than half of our energy expenditures. It represents real opportunities to improve efficiency and keep more dollars and jobs in Washington.”
In addition to addressing the transportation sector, the Energy Strategy recommends ways the state can expand on its history of leadership on efficiency and energy innovation in buildings, and diversify Washington’s energy mix with distributed energy. The strategy reflects Washington’s commitment to remaining a leader in energy efficiency, sustainability and innovation and to building a clean energy economy.
The Commerce Bill, passed by the 2010 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire, called for the state to implement a comprehensive energy planning process. Commerce was charged with leading the effort. Over the last year and a half Commerce examined a wide range of energy policy actions with the assistance of a formal Advisory Committee and a Technical Experts Panel. The Washington State departments of Transportation and Ecology, the Utilities and Transportation Commission and a number of other state agencies, stakeholder groups and general public were active participants in developing the Strategy.
The Strategy released today represents the combined input from all of these participants. The 2012 Washington State Energy Strategy documents are available at www.commerce.wa.gov/energystrategy.
Commerce is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. For more information, visit www.commerce.wa.gov. To learn more about locating or expanding a business in Washington State, visit www.choosewashington.com .
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