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Centralia Coal Transition Board supports Solar installation for the City of Medical Lake

Centralia, Wash. (July 12, 2023) On April 17, 2023, the Centralia Coal Transition Grants Energy Technology Board entered into a Grant Agreement with the City of Medical Lake to support the installation of a 100kW ground mounted solar system at the Wastewater Treatment Plant owned by the City of Medical Lake. The grant award of $185,000 will be leveraged with additional funding from the Washington Department of Commerce Solar Grant program. The solar project will produce electrical energy allowing for a reduction in electrical charges by approximately 10.8%. This savings will reduce the City’s overall electric bill and allow the city to redirect the savings to capital improvement projects and the needs of the citizens.  

The waster reclaimed by the Wastewater Treatment Plan that this solar project will partially power goes toward maintaining the grounds of the Eastern State Hospital Campus, Lakeland Village Campus, the Washington State Veteran’s Cemetery, and local ball fields used by youth sports programs.

The City of Medical Lake is a small city in the growing west plains community of Eastern Washington in southeast Washington. Incorporated in 1890, the city has an ongoing commitment and goal to upgrade facilities and technology to best serve the community and reduce operating expenses by finding ways to implement sustainable energy sources.

The Energy Technology 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 company is investing $55 million into Lewis and South Thurston Counties and the state of Washington through the Coal Transition Boards.

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.

Centralia Coal Transition Board Supports Educational and Restoration Opportunities hosted by the Lewis County Stream Team

Centralia, Wash. (February 7, 2023) The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Economic & Community Development Board is pleased to announce it has approved a grant award in the amount of $10,000.00 to the Lewis Conservation District. The grant will support a branch of the district, the Lewis County Stream Team, in providing educational and restoration opportunities to improve habitat for salmon and wildlife.

The Stream Team is a group of volunteers who work in the community to encourage hands on opportunities to improve the health of local streams by planting native trees to provide habitat, reduce erosion, filter pollutants, and provide shade to cool the water temperature. The Lewis Conservation District has the knowledge, tools, and network necessary for leading the Lewis County Stream Team. The team collaborates with the Office of Chehalis Basin, Carbon Capture Foundation, Centralia City Parks, Washington Department of Ecology and various local organizations and individuals to support their efforts. This team also works with educators in the local school districts to inspire students to learn more about science and conservation. The funding will further support educational workshops for local students and volunteer.

The Economic & Community Development 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 retiring at the end of 2020 and the second unit at the end of 2025. The company is investing $55 million into Lewis and South Thurston Counties and the state of Washington through the Coal Transition Boards.

About Lewis Conservation District

The Lewis Conservation District is a non-regulatory local agency that works with landowners to help resolve their natural resource issues on their land. The mission of the District is to provide technical and financial assistance for the conservation, protection, and development of natural resources within Lewis County.

About Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards

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.

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Centralia Coal Transition Board awards grant to support the OCOchem Formic Liquid Hydrogen Carrier Clean Energy Demonstration Project

Centralia, (February 1, 2023) The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Energy Technology Board is pleased to announce it has approved a grant in the amount of $751,892 to OCOchem Inc., a Richland, Washington organization that will design, develop, build, and demonstrate its large-scale formic Electrolyzer System and formic-fueled power generator. This grant award will be leveraged with grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce Clean Energy Fund, Tacoma Power, and Toyota Motor North America.

The Formic Liquid Hydrogen Carrier Clean Energy Demonstration Project will demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of electrochemically converting clean electricity, captured carbon dioxide and water to move and store green hydrogen in a liquid hydrogen carrier form to generate distributed power that replaces the use of polluting diesel gensets at the Port of Tacoma and other locations in the State of Washington. The project will build and operate both a demonstration scale liquid hydrogen carrier production plan and a 20kW portable power system for regional deployment beginning in the early summer of 2024.

The purpose of the Energy Technology Board is to identify worthwhile and effective energy technologies to create energy, air quality, haze, or other environmental benefits for the State of Washington. This project will reduce air pollution in the form of NOx, SOx, CO, and particulate matter and improve air quality and health prospects for employees and communities.  The board members look forward to monitoring this project as it moves forward.

“We are extremely grateful to theCentralia Coal Transition Grants Energy Technology Board for awarding us this grant so we can take this project to the next level,” said OCOchem CEO Todd Brix. “We are excited to demonstrate our new technology on a larger scale to help reduce the amount of new carbon in the atmosphere.”

The Energy Technology 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 retiring 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.

About OCOchem Inc.

OCOchem is developing and scaling patented and proprietary technology that electrochemically uses carbon dioxide to store energy in the chemical bonds of formates and formic acid. OCOchem was founded in 2017 in the Pacific Northwest and operates its principal R&D laboratories in Richland, Washington.

About Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards

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.

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Centralia Coal Transition Board awards grant to support Lewis County Clean Energy Revitalization Initiative

(Centralia, December 1, 2022) The Centralia Coal Transition Energy Technology Board is pleased to announce a $1,807,500 grant to Twin Transit to support the installation of Southwest Washington’s first Containerized Green Hydrogen Electrolyzer at the Port of Chehalis. This electrolyzer will provide a reliable source of local hydrogen and establish a statistical and operational baseline. It is anticipated that the micro-size hydrogen electrolyzer will be capable of producing 1,000 kilograms a day (approximately 182.5 tons annually). This project will enable process analysis and data collection, generating information and insight for future hydrogen initiatives. Twin Transit has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the equipment to support this initiative. RFPs are due December 15th with an anticipated award date of January 15, 2023. Construction is scheduled to begin in early Spring of 2023 with a completion date of Fall 2023.

The board members see this grant award as enhancing a project previously funded by the Energy Technology Board to support a partnership between Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Douglas County PUD in constructing a hydrogen fueling station for Twin Transit at the Port of Chehalis. Construction of an electrolyzer near or adjacent to refueling stations at the Port will ensure a close connection between production and distribution, improving hydrogen accessibility, lowering price, and attracting related industry and jobs to the local community.

The Energy Technology Board was formed per the 2011 Agreement between TransAlta and the state of Washington with the intent to fund projects with the potential to create environmental benefits to 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.

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.

Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board  Supports Energy Efficiency Upgrades at The Juice Box

Centralia, (October 3, 2022) In August 2022 the Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board approved a grant award in the amount of $80,145 to support weatherization and energy efficiency improvements at The Juice Box in downtown Centralia, Washington. The building occupied by The Juice Box is over 100 years old and has had failing heating and cooling systems since last winter. With the energy efficiency upgrades and the earlier upgrades for electrical, plumbing, kitchen build out and historic restoration, The Juice Box will provide the local community with a space to gather, host events and provide a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy various activities such as comedy and music shows, trivia nights, family activities and movie nights. The Juice Box opened in August 2021 and occupies a historic building that was once a carriage house in Centralia’s downtown district. For more information on The Juice Box visit https://juiceboxpublichouse.com/

The energy efficient heating and cooling work will be performed by local contractors and anticipated to be completed before the fall season begins.

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 retiring in December 2020 and the second unit in December 2025.

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.