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Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board supports energy upgrades for Riverside Fire Authority,

Centralia, (July 15, 2019) The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board is pleased to announce it has approved a grant to improve energy conservation, reduce operating costs and optimize building use and performance for the Riverside Fire Authority. The project will replace antiquated heating ventilation, air conditioning and water heating systems at the downtown Centralia Fire Station and the Fords Prairie Fire Station. 

The grant amount of $300,000 will allow the Riverside Fire Authority to realize optimal production and energy use and, provide the opportunity to return the buildings to a state which supports the 24-hour career firefighters staffed at both locations and provides shelter for emergency personnel and civilians.

“The Weatherization Board has invested millions of dollars into the local community to support energy efficiency projects over the last several years” said Jeff Yanish, board member. “The upgrade projects proposed by the Riverside Fire Authority serve two primary purposes, providing an energy efficient environment for firefighters, EMS personnel and at times, for community members during emergency situations and second, they will see a reduction in energy use and costs associated with maintenance and monthly bills.”

The Weatherization Board was formed as part of the 2011 Agreement between TransAlta and the state of Washington to transition the Centralia plant away from coal-fired operations with one unit shutting down in December 2020 and the second unit in December 2025.

Receiving the grant from the Centralia Coal Transition board is a tremendous benefit to our Department and the citizens of the greater Centralia area” said Michael Kytta, Fire Chief. “The 24 hour staffed fire stations that we all depend on will gain improved energy conservation, lower operating costs and greater capacity year-round to serve the public and our personnel. Without this grant these improvements would not be possible.”

The Riverside Fire Authority (RFA) began operations on January 1, 2008 when the City of Centralia Fire Department and Lewis County Fire District 12 combined forces. Today the RFA encompasses 184 square miles and provides fire and EMS protection for 23,320 residents. The RFA has 22 career and 45 volunteer fire fighters, two career staff and 6 fire stations.

Overview of the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards:

Annual payments for the funding boards began in 2012 with the last payment due Dec. 31, 2023.  The opportunity to start flowing dollars into projects became effective December 31, 2015.

Weatherization Board ($10M): established to fund energy efficiency and weatherization for the residents, employees, business, non-profit organizations and local governments within Lewis County and South Thurston County; up to $1 million shall be allocated to fund residential energy efficiency and weatherization measures for low-income and moderate-income residents of Lewis County and South Thurston County;

Economic & Community Development Board ($20M): established to fund education, retraining, economic development, and community enhancement; at least $5M shall be allocated to fund education, retraining and economic development specifically targeting the needs of workers displaced from the Centralia facility;

Energy Technology Board ($25M): established to fund energy technologies with the potential to create environmental benefits to the state of Washington.

Centralia Coal Transition Board Supports The Recreation Park Renovation Project,

For Immediate Release

Contact:  coaltransitionboards@transalta.com

Centralia, (April 29, 2019) The Centralia Coal Transition Boards are pleased to announce they are supporting the Chehalis Foundation and the City of Chehalis in their efforts to revitalize Recreation Park with a rebuild of the Penny Playground.  The Weatherization Board has approved a grant in the amount of $50,000 for improvements to the electrical system which includes the addition of LED lights that will cover a larger area while reducing the number of lights for a significant power savings. The Economic & Community Development Board has awarded a grant in the amount of $300,000 which funding will be applied to support the American Disabilities Act (ADA) playground surfacing and walkways within the Penny Playground area.

“We see both of these funding opportunities as a way to support to the community with safety enhancements to a place where families gather to enjoy the outdoors, and a place where kids have an opportunity to play together without barriers”, said Lori Schmitt Funding Board member. “25 years ago, the community, including children collected pennies to support the original Penny Playground. It’s exciting to award funding dollars to a project that was built 25 years ago and still has the support from the community. We look forward to watching the renovation take place and seeing the results.”  

The Weatherization and Economic & Community Development Boards were formed as a result of the 2011 Agreement between TransAlta and the state of Washington. This agreement allows for the Centralia plant to move away from coal-fired operations with one unit shutting down in December 2020 and the second unit in December 2025. TransAlta is investing $55 million into Lewis and South Thurston Counties and the state of Washington through the Coal Transition Boards.

“There is a genuine need to replace the play structures in Penny Playground”, said Tim Sayler, Chehalis Foundation President. “We see our support in fundraising for this renovation as another opportunity to bring the community together to honor the legacy of the original Penny Playground and to create a new one for our future generation. With the support of the community we will create a fun, challenging, and safe Penny Playground that will serve all children of Chehalis and surrounding areas for generations to come. “

The Chehalis Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit community foundation. Contributions sustain the Foundation’s ability to support the City of Chehalis with civic improvements, parks and recreational facility improvements and provide state-of-the-art educational programs and opportunities for children.

Overview of the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards:

Annual payments for the funding boards have been made since 2012 with the last payment due December 31, 2023.  The opportunity to start flowing dollars into projects became effective December 31, 2015.

Weatherization Board ($10M): established to fund energy efficiency and weatherization for the residents, employees, business, non-profit organizations and local governments within Lewis County and South Thurston County; up to $1 million shall be allocated to fund residential energy efficiency and weatherization measures for low-income and moderate-income residents of Lewis County and South Thurston County;

Economic & Community Development Board ($20M): established to fund education, retraining, economic development, and community enhancement; at least $5M shall be allocated to fund education, retraining and economic development specifically targeting the needs of workers displaced from the Centralia facility;

Energy Technology Board ($25M): established to fund energy technologies with the potential to create environmental benefits to the state of Washington.

For more information on the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards visit: http://cctgrants.com

Centralia Coal Transition Board Supports partnership between the Centralia College Foundation and Centralia College,

Centralia, February 12, 2019 The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Economic & Community Development Board is pleased to announce it has approved a $1,300,000 grant to the Centralia College Foundation to construct a 12,000 square foot facility on the Centralia College campus to house training programs to meet current and prospective employer workforce training needs.

The proposed site for this pre-engineered building is adjacent to the technology building and is already zoned for educational use.

“This grant will provide the funding to build the facility and allow members of the Foundation and the College to focus on securing additional funding for equipment which includes an overhead crane, six heavy equipment simulators, a commercial truck simulator, computer lab, robotics/automation equipment, compressed air system, forklift and miscellaneous program driven equipment and tools” said Jeff Yanish, funding board member. “The opportunity to support a project which expands and enhances career and technical education programs to serve the economic development needs in the local area falls within the mission of the board.

We are excited to see how this project develops.”

The Economic & Community Development Board was formed as a result of the 2011 Agreement between TransAlta and the state of Washington. This agreement allowed for the Centralia plant to move away from coal-fired operations with one unit shutting down in December 2020 and the second unit in December 2025. TransAlta is investing $55 million into Lewis and South Thurston Counties and the state of Washington through the Coal Transition Boards.

Centralia College has consistently been a strong supporter of education programs supporting local industry and the trades. This grant for a flexible trades building will expand the college’s ability to train-on-demand in response and anticipation of industry needs. The building will also enhance the

college’s partnership with local and regional manufacturers. Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, President of Centralia College indicates “This new facility gives Centralia College the ability to extend our existing partnerships with local industry, with potential new employers coming to the area, and with area high schools. We can build up the local workforce and respond quickly to new training needs.”

Plans are in the works for Centralia College to create a mobile classroom for career and technical training that will take simulators and equipment to local high schools. This will expose students to Centralia College’s trades programs, local industry needs and various career opportunities.

Equipment and training aids will be interchangeable between the mobile classroom and the new building. Centralia College Dean of Instruction for Healthcare and Industrial Trades, Jake Fay has been working with local high schools to create articulation agreements that will allow students to complete training in high school that will count towards degrees at the college. “I’m really excited for this opportunity,” said Fay. “I see this as a great opportunity to collaborate with local industry partners and the K-12 system. We will be preparing the residents of Lewis County for employment in the high demand and high skill jobs that provide living wages right here in our community.”

The Centralia College Foundation will be working in close coordination with the college in completing this foundation owned building. “I am happy to represent the foundation and board on this project for the benefit of the college, businesses, and local trades. Our thanks to the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Board for their support and their confidence in the foundation.” Said Christine Fossett, Executive Director.

The Centralia College Foundation was founded in 1982 and is a premier fund-raising organization that actively stimulates the community to invest through it, the funds and other assets and energies needed for Centralia College and its students. The Foundation partners with Centralia College in a variety of ways, the prominent avenues being scholarships for students, program support and capital campaigns.

Overview of the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards:

Annual payments for the funding boards have been made for the past five years with the last payment due December 31, 2023. The opportunity to start flowing dollars into projects became effective December 31, 2015.

Weatherization Board ($10M): established to fund energy efficiency and weatherization for the residents, employees, business, non-profit organizations and local governments within Lewis County and South Thurston County; up to $1 million shall be allocated to fund residential energy efficiency and weatherization measures for low-income and moderate-income residents of Lewis County and South Thurston County;

Economic & Community Development Board ($20M): established to fund education, retraining, economic development, and community enhancement; at least $5M shall be allocated to fund education, retraining and economic development specifically targeting the needs of workers displaced from the Centralia facility;

Energy Technology Board ($25M): established to fund energy technologies with the potential to create environmental benefits to the state of Washington.

Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board invests in energy efficiency incentives offered by the Lewis County Public Utility District, Website

Grant Value 1,080,000.00

December 12, 2018

The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board (“Weatherization Board”) and the Lewis County Public Utility District (“District”) are teaming up for a second time to support energy efficiency programs available to District customers. The Weatherization Board has approved a grant amount of $1,080,000 to the District to provide qualified customers with technology to improve the efficiency, comfort and monthly expenditures on space heating and cooling that will provide both energy and financial savings over many years.

The funding from the Weatherization Board will supplement other financial resources available to the District and will build upon the energy efficiency improvements leveraged by funding the District received from the Weatherization Board in 2017 and 2018 which totaled approximately $1.6 million dollars. As the District continues to promote low-income ductless heat pumps and weatherization programs for qualified customers, they are also committed to adding a focus to find and incentivize additional cost-effective improvements for local K-12 facilities to support qualifying lighting, weatherization and HVAC measures for schools served by the District.

The Weatherization Board was formed as a result of the 2011 Agreement between TransAlta and the state of Washington to transition the Centralia plant away from coal-fired operations with one unit shutting down in December 2020 and the second unit in December 2025. The Mission of the Weatherization Board is to provide funding of projects to improve energy efficiency and weatherization within Lewis County and South Thurston County.

“There has been a steady flow of grant applications to the Weatherization Board “said Mickey Dreher, Board member.  “Early on it became very apparent that energy efficiency upgrades are needed in homes, schools, and businesses across our community.  As a Board we continue to see that the transition funding dollars can be leveraged through various programs and based on what the PUD was able to achieve with their first grant, the Board fully supported their most recent application.”

Lewis County Public Utility District is a municipal corporation of the State of Washington, formed by the people of Lewis County to provide electric service. The District maintains an Energy Services department that offers customers a variety of residential, commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs, including free energy audits, which help customers understand their energy usage, and what options they may be able to implement to reduce that usage.

“Our PUD appreciates the opportunity to build upon the successes of the previous grant award” said Dean Dahlin, Lewis PUD Board President. “Another great opportunity to work with the weatherization board to invest these dollars with the maximum benefit to our community…. helping lower energy usage and increase comfort for customers for years to come.  Our commissioners and staff would like to thank the weatherization board for entrusting us with these funds.”

Overview of the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards:

Annual payments for the funding boards began in 2012 with the last payment due December 31, 2023. The opportunity to start flowing dollars into projects became effective December 31, 2015.

Weatherization Board ($10M): established to fund energy efficiency and weatherization for the residents, employees, businesses, non-profit organizations and local governments within Lewis County and South Thurston County; up to $1 million shall be allocated to fund residential energy efficiency and weatherization measures for low-income and moderate-income residents of Lewis County and South Thurston County;

Economic & Community Development Board ($20M): established to fund education, retraining, economic development, and community enhancement; at least $5M shall be allocated to fund education, retraining and economic development specifically targeting the needs of workers displaced from the Centralia facility;

Energy Technology Board ($25M): established to fund energy technologies with the potential to create environmental benefits to the state of Washington.

For information on the PUD’s grant program, and whether you may qualify for incentives, please contact the District’s energy services department at (360) 345-1493, or energyservices@lcpud.org

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TransAlta’s Coal Transition Board funds Washington State’s first electric school bus and solar project for Franklin Pierce School District, Website

Grant Value 396,013.00

Grants will reduce energy and carbon emissions while putting dollars back into the school district

Centralia, (October 30, 2018) – The TransAlta Centralia Coal Transition Grants Energy Technology Board (‘CCTGETB’) is pleased to announce it has approved grants to the Franklin Pierce School District (‘the District’) to reduce energy and carbon emissions – putting dollars back into the school district’s general funds. The District will be receiving two grants, one totaling $330,155 to purchase Washington State’s first electric school bus and another award in the amount of $65,858 to install a 20-kilowatt (kW) Washington-made solar electricity generation system at the Keithley Middle School.  These projects will provide renewable energy for the Franklin Pierce School District, reduce carbon emissions and provide an educational opportunity for students and educators, while investing in the District.

“Change happens over time, not overnight. The decision by the District to move their bus fleet from diesel to electric-powered and combine that effort with a solar project makes these grants very exciting for the members of the Board and makes an important move for the District towards renewable energy,” said Conrad Wieclaw, board member.

“The projects will save the school district costs, maintenance, carbon emissions and provide an educational energy dashboard for students and educators. Congratulations to the Franklin Pierce District for taking steps to make change happen.”

The Energy Technology Board was formed as a result of the 2011 agreement between TransAlta and the state of Washington. This agreement, allowed Centralia to plan to move away from coal-fired operations with one unit shutting down in December 2020 and the second unit in December 2025. TransAlta is investing $55 million into Lewis and South Thurston Counties and the state of Washington through the Coal Transition Boards.

“The TransAlta Centralia Coal Transition Board’s investment in Franklin Pierce Schools represents and incredible opportunity for our district,” says Joel Zylstra, Franklin Pierce School District.

“This investment reflects our commitment to increasing efficiency, providing opportunities for students to link classroom learning with everyday activities, and our ongoing desire to be good stewards of our natural resources.”

The funds from CCTGETB will support the District in launching the state’s first full-size electric school bus, which will be a pilot in their goal to replace all school busses with electric busses. The funding will also assist with the cost of installing a level two charging station for the electric bus. The District is working with Blue Bird manufacturers to ensure the bus will meet all Washington State regulations and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction standards and anticipates delivery in early Spring of 2019.

In the meantime, the installation of a 20kW solar electric generation system at the Keithley Middle School will begin. This renewable energy project will support the District’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and will connect to an energy dashboard that will allow students to engage with the system, learn more about alternative energy and understand how the engineering behind the technology works.

The Franklin Pierce School District was established in 1949 and located in Pierce County. The District proudly serves 8,000 students from preschool to grade 12 in a variety of settings including an early learning center, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one alternative high school. The mission of the District is to provide students an engaging educational environment, built upon proven academics and high standard, resulting in successful and contributing citizens.

Overview of the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards:

Annual payments for the funding boards began in 2012 with the last payment due December 31, 2023.  The opportunity to start flowing dollars into projects became effective December 31, 2015.

Weatherization Board ($10M): established to fund energy efficiency and weatherization for the residents, employees, business, non-profit organizations and local governments within Lewis County and South Thurston County; up to $1 million shall be allocated to fund residential energy efficiency and weatherization measures for low-income and moderate-income residents of Lewis County and South Thurston County;

Economic & Community Development Board ($20M): established to fund education, retraining, economic development, and community enhancement; at least $5M shall be allocated to fund education, retraining and economic development specifically targeting the needs of workers displaced from the Centralia facility;

Energy Technology Board ($25M): established to fund energy technologies with the potential to create environmental benefits to the state of Washington.

For more information on the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards visit: http://cctgrants.com