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Energy and Climate
Reducing Carbon Pollution and Transitioning to Clean Energy
Gov. Inslee's 2015 climate legislation will help Washington continue its transition toward energy independence, reduce carbon pollution and meet our statutory greenhouse gas limits.
Governor Inslee's 2014 Climate Tour
Governor Inslee's Executive Order 14-04: Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action
On April 29, 2014, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 14-04 outlining a series of next steps to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state and improve energy independence through use of clean energy.
The Executive Order builds upon earlier studies and work groups to take action in 7 key areas:
- Carbon emission – Gov. Inslee established a Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce which provided recommendations on the design and implementation of a market-based carbon pollution program.
- Coal-fired electricity imported from other states ("coal-by-wire") – State agencies are working with key utilities to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the use of electrical power produced by coal.
- Clean transportation – The greatest percentage of carbon emissions come from cars, trucks and other transportation-related sources. WSDOT is leading an effort with other agencies and governments to promote strategies, policies and investments that support electrification of our transportation system, lower-emission multi-modal options, and clean fuels.
- Clean technology – The state Dept. of Commerce is working with WSU and others on a program to develop and deploy new renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including those with an emphasis on solar power.
- Energy efficiency – One of the most cost-effective strategies for reducing carbon emissions is to use energy more efficiently. The state Dept. of Commerce working with WSU and others to significantly improve the energy performance of public and private buildings.
- State government operations – The state Dept. of Enterprise Services is leading efforts to achieve carbon reduction and energy efficiency improvements throughout state government including meeting goals established by Gov. Inslee’s Results Washington.
- Carbon pollution limits – The state Dept. of Ecology is reviewing the state’s greenhouse gas emission limits and recommending updates.
Climate executive order infographic (click to enlarge)
Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce
A Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce composed of 21 leaders from business, labor, health and public interest organizations will provide recommendations to the governor on design and implementation of a market-based carbon pollution program. Final recommendations are due Nov. 21, 2014.
- Governor Inslee's Executive Order 14-04: Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action
- Policy Brief: Cutting Carbon Pollution and Taking Clean Energy Action: Washington will Lead the Way (April 2014)
- Governor Inslee's remarks announcing executive action to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy (April 29, 2014)
- Fact Sheet from the White House (PDF) on what climate change means for Washington and the Northwest from the National Climate Assessment report
- President Obama's Climate Change Action Plan
- Reports and information from Governor Inslee’s 2013 Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup
- Pacific Coast Collaborative webpage