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OLYMPIA – Fifty-four Washington businesses saved millions by reducing the amount of electricity and natural gas they use. These businesses increased their bottom lines by collaborating with Department of Ecology engineers in the Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) program. read more »

 

SHORELINE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at reducing carbon pollution, including directing a task force to recommend how to cap greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

The governor, who had made tackling climate change a key issue, also directed state agencies to work with utilities to transition away from coal-powered electricity and to evaluate requiring the use of cleaner transportation fuels. read more »

 

By DINA CAPPIELLO and SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — In a major anti-pollution ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday backed federally imposed limits on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and burden downwind areas with bad air from power plants they can’t control.

The 6-2 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration in controlling emissions from power plants in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states that contribute to soot and smog along the East Coast. read more »

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company’s website that debuted Monday. The site highlights the ways that the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on alternative power sources and sending less electronic junk to landfills. read more »

 

By Tim Kelly

Today on Earth Day, Kitsap Bank is announcing a competition called Edg3 Fund that will highlight sustainability initiatives by small businesses, and will include community input in selecting one business to receive a $20,000 award.  read more »

 

SPOKANE (AP) — The state of Washington on Friday rejected the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to amend a federal court agreement governing cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

The state sent a letter to federal lawyers, saying the March 31 proposal that would have eliminated many deadlines for Hanford cleanup “is not acceptable to Washington.” read more »

 

OLYMPIA — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined a coalition of attorneys general from 13 states in objecting to proposed changes in the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) that would strip states of the power to regulate or restrict the use of dangerous chemicals.

The coalition sent a letter last week to congressional leaders of the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. The letter is in response to proposed draft legislation introduced as the Chemicals in Commerce Act by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), chairman of the subcommittee. read more »

 

State Sen. Christine Rolfes will be one of the speakers at a special public event, Oil on the Sound, that will be held April 8 on Bainbridge Island to discuss oil trains in the Puget Sound area. Rolfes, a Bainbridge Island Democrat who represents the 23rd District, will discuss the Oil Transportation and Safety Act, a bill she sponsored to regulate oil trains. She and Eric de Place, policy director with the nonprofit research center Sightline Institute, will talk about the possible impact of oil trains on Puget Sound and the surrounding area.
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Poulsbo-based APS America and Fortune Energy have reached a first-time agreement for California-based Fortune to distribute APS microinverter products in the U.S.

Fortune Energy will add APS to their current portfolio of wholesale solar modules, inverters and racking supplies.

“We are pleased to form this partnership with Fortune Energy,” said Paul Barlock, senior VP of APS America. “APS is pushing the microinverter market in new and innovative directions, as our products offer more power-handling capability at a lower price point.”

“Fortune Energy is excited to bring APS to our installers and homeowners because of the reliability of the product plus the great price and warranty. The people at APS really stand behind their products, which is great for our customers,” company president Jack Meng said. read more »

 
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