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Washington Plan

Washington Plan

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1011 Plum St SE 
PO Box 42525 
725-4000 www.commerce.wa.gov 
December 8, 2011Dear Readers:It is my pleasure to deliver the 2012 Washington State Energy Strategy to Governor Gregoireand the Legislature. Nearly 20 years have gone by since Washington State last developed such astrategy based on a comprehensive look at our energy system. Over that period, our populationincreased 26 percent while our overall energy bill, adjusted for inflation, increased by 70 percent.Overall energy use did not increase dramatically over that period, but rising prices, especially for  petroleum, mean citizens and businesses are spending billions more on energy. Our energysystem has also become increasingly complex with climate change obligations and theemergence of new energy technologies.The primary focus of the strategy is energy use in the transportation sector – where we use themost energy, emit the most greenhouse gases and spend the majority of our energy dollars. Our transportation system is also our least efficient energy sector – presenting real opportunities toimprove efficiency and keep more dollars and jobs in Washington. Beyond transportation, thestrategy examines ways that we can expand our successes in the efficiency of buildings anddiversify our energy supply.While the department is very proud of this strategy, we know it will be out of date from theminute we publish it given the incredible amount of energy-related investment going on aroundthe world. We also know there are important energy topics that are not addressed in thisdocument given time and resource constraints. So please know we intend to continue investing inresearch, analysis and support for our policymakers and this document is the foundation onwhich we will continue evolving the state’s views on how our energy system should evolve.Finally, I want to recognize the exceptional work that produced the 2012 Washington StateEnergy Strategy. We would not have been able to produce this strategy without the thoughtfuland dedicated efforts of our advisory and technical committee members, the general public, andthe staff from this and other state agencies.Sincerely,Rogers WeedDirector 
Issues and Analysis for the Washington State Legislature and Governor 
Rogers Weed, Director 
2012 Washington State Energy Strategypage
This document was authored by the
Washington Department of Commerce, State EnergyOffice
; Tony Usibelli, Energy Office Director; and staff.Glenn Blackmontopic specialist (efficiency financing) Angela BurrellanalysisGustavo Collantestopic specialist (transportation)Roel Hammerschlag project managementKeibun MorianalysisJennifer Motteleradministrative supportPeter Moultoninteragency coordinationDarleen MuhlycartographyChuck Murraytopic specialist (buildings efficiency)Greg NothsteinanalysisMeg O
LearyAdvisory Committee coordinationCarolee Sharpadministrative supportRebecca Stillingscommunications Additional assistance was provided by the Washington State Departments of Transportation,Natural Resources and Ecology, the Washington State Transportation Commission, theWashington Utilities and Transportation Commission, and the members of the AdvisoryCommittee and the Technical Experts Panel.Washington State Department of CommerceEnergy Office1011 Plum Street SEP.O. Box 43173Olympia, WA 98504-3173commerce.wa.gov/energy
To obtain a copy of this report in an alternate format, please call (360) 725-2895 or TTY/TDD (800) 634-4473 or FAX(360) 586-7176.

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