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TransAlta’s Coal Transition Board funds $3.2 Million in Solar Projects

Grants support Washington’s goal of producing new clean, renewable energy

Centralia, (October 29, 2018) The TransAlta Centralia Coal Transition Grants Energy Technology Board is pleased to announce approval to fund 18 proposed solar projects with a total investment of $3.2 million throughout the state of Washington. Benefiting a rural hospital, public school districts, and communities across the state, the solar projects range in size from 16kW to 100kW.

This significant investment in local solar projects around the state will improve the sustainability of the power requirements for these towns, schools and hospital. It is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 35,000 tons over the life of these systems. The Board is pleased to be part of developing solar resources in Washington.

Under the historic agreement between TransAlta and the State of Washington to transition the Centralia plant off coal, the company is investing $55 million into the state of Washington with $25 million specifically targeting energy technologies with the potential to create considerable energy, air quality, haze or other environmental benefits for the state of Washington.

“TransAlta has more than 100 years of experience developing, owning and operating renewable power generation facilities,” said Bob Nelson, President of TransAlta USA. “We are meeting today’s power needs while advancing the cleaner energy technologies of tomorrow. The $25-million TransAlta is investing in the state of Washington to advance renewable energy projects, such as these 18 solar projects, is part of a shared vision with the Centralia Coal Transition Boards, the Energy Technology Board and of course the successful applicants. Congratulations to our partners on this important milestone.

Solar Projects approved:

Applicant Funding Amount Size
Morton General Hospital 123,963 48kW
Olympia School District 325,000 24kW & 57.6kW
City of Napavine 138,912 40kW
Rainier School District 260,951 35.7kW & 72kW
Eatonville School District 96,049 30kW
Tumwater School District 99,060 34kW
City of Winlock 82,732 16kW
Napavine School District 107,291 40kW
City of Mossyrock 69,935 20kW
Town of Fairfield 290,000 96kW
City of Granger 165,000 50kW
City of Pateros 96,000 29.1kW
City of Clarkston 280,000 100kW
Town of Garfield 260,000 81kW
Town of Reardan 130,000 53kW
Town of Darrington 300,000 32.9kW & 56.16kW
Colville School District 230,000 100kW
Town of Washtucna 185,000 50kW

 

“These solar projects will provide a renewable source of energy and provide a great educational tool for school districts and communities,” said Lori Schmitt, board member. “When reviewing the applications, it was also important to see that the energy savings, production credits and incentives can be used to support other aspects of the organization’s budgets. All projects will be utilizing made in Washington equipment and will provide for job opportunities.”

Total funding for these projects remains subject to applicants receiving grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce, currently under consideration, as well as other funding partners to complete the projects.

For a complete list of projects funded by the Centralia Coal Transition Boards visit  https://cctgrants.com/category/grant-recipients/.

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.

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Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board invests in energy efficiency and healthy home measures

For immediate release

Centralia, (October 24, 2018) The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Weatherization Board is pleased to announce it has approved a second grant award to the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties (“CAC”). CAC received the very first Weatherization Board grant back in April 2016 in the amount of $727,433 to support weatherization services in Lewis County and South Thurston County. Today, the board announces the award of $700,000 to give eligible residents of Lewis and South Thurston counties an opportunity to improve heating and energy-saving efficiencies while creating a safer and healthier home for the occupants.

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 board members have been pleased with the services CAC is providing to the community and is looking forward to building on our partnership with CAC,” said Marc Read, Board member. “CAC will continue to provide energy efficiency opportunities for local families and with this investment, they will be formally applying “Healthy Homes” measures to qualified and identified homes.”

The Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation serving the Lewis, Mason & Thurston County communities since 1966. The overall goal of CAC is to identify needs in the low-income section of the community and administer diverse services in a cost-efficient and effective manner. The funding received from this grant will be leveraged with additional sources of funding from federal, state, local and private sources.

“We are excited about our continued partnership with the Centralia Coal Transition Board to maintain weatherization services in the community”, said John Walsh, CAC Chief Executive Officer. “This illustrates the commitment and investment by the Board to continue to provide the long-term benefits of safer, healthier and more energy efficient homes in our community. “

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.

Contact:  coaltransitionboards@transalta.com                                                                                 

 Coal Transition Board Funds Student Achievement Initiative

Contact: coaltransitionboards@transalta.com    

Grant will build on academic excellence while strengthening our local economy

Centralia, (October 11, 2018) The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Economic & Community Development Board (“ECD Board”) is pleased to announce it has approved a $200,000 grant to the Chehalis Foundation to support an initiative to further post-secondary education opportunities for youth. The initiative is intended to support the Foundation’s goal to have 60% of 2022 Chehalis graduates go on to earn a technical or college degree or acceptance into an apprenticeship to make them career ready.

“The Chehalis school district along with Centralia College are teaming to dramatically increase the number of local students going on to earn vocational or college degrees after high school through the Student Achievement Initiative (SAI)” said Tim Sayler, Chehalis Foundation President. “Ninety percent of the W.F. West class of 2018 were admitted to college or vocational school. The Chehalis Foundation is very grateful for the Centralia Coal Transition Board donation of $200,000 toward the SAI. We will use these funds strategically to match part of the Orin Smith endowment so that the funds will go twice as far.”

The Chehalis Foundation pursues academic excellence in Chehalis schools and supports the City of Chehalis. The Beyond K-12 Student Achievement Initiative aims to prepare every W.F. West graduate to be career and college ready. To achieve this goal, the Chehalis Foundation partners with the Chehalis School District, Centralia College, the Orin Smith Family Foundation and community donors.

“The partnerships the Chehalis Foundation has formed over the years and their investments are helping to ensure that when students graduate from high school, they have a direction toward a career”, said Jeff Yanish, ECD Board member. “Business leaders in our state have shown support for the Student Achievement Initiative citing that the initiative directly ties to economic development because many of these students will become tomorrow’s local workforce. The better their K-12 education and the more they progress in vocational schools or college the more attractive our area will be to employers. We see this opportunity not only as supporting education but building on academic excellence through various community partnerships and strengthening our local economy.”

The ECD 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.

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 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 Economic & Community Development Board invests in economic growth at the Port of Chehalis

For immediate release

Centralia, (September 20, 2018) The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Economic & Community Development Board (“ECD Board”) is pleased to announce it has approved a grant to the Port of Chehalis to support economic growth. The board approved a grant in the amount of $650,000 to support the construction of an affordable, flexible space suitable for small businesses and startups in the industrial, manufacturing, and technology industries on port-owned land in the Chehalis Industrial Park. The proposed site has already been filled and graded, a road has been constructed and utilities are ready to serve the site.

“A project that supports job opportunities falls well within the mission of the ECD Board,” said Lori Schmitt, member of the ECD Board. “There will be job opportunities to build the facility and if all goes as planned, the building will have tenants within a year. The board is looking forward to the commencement of construction and hearing that leases are being signed.”

The ECD 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.

Port Commission President Mark Anders said “The Port of Chehalis is very appreciative and thankful for this additional support. These funds will allow us to build a much bigger facility than originally planned, which will accommodate more jobs and give a bigger boost to the local economy. Next year more people will be coming to work every day at their jobs in this new building in McBride Court at the Chehalis Industrial Park, all thanks to the additional support from the Centralia Coal Transition Grants”.

The Port of Chehalis was established in 1986 by a vote of the people and is one of 75 public port districts in Washington State. The mission of the Port of Chehalis is to grow and diversify the local economy, and to foster high quality job creation.

Overview of the 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.

Media Inquiries:                                                          

Email: coaltransitionboards@transalta.com

 

Centralia Coal Transition Economic & Community Development Board supports public safety through the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

September 13, 2018

The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Economic & Community Development Board (“ECD Board”) is pleased to announce it has approved a grant to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office to support public safety goals. The board approved a grant in the amount of $116,836.56 to purchase replacement radios for deputies. Deputies use their portable radio to respond to calls, manage scenes and disasters, confirm their status during contacts, coordinate crime scenes and traffic collisions using the radios.

“The board views this funding opportunity as one that enhances community partnerships and benefits the citizens of Lewis County” said Jeff Yanish, a member of the Economic & Community Development Board. “The safety of our law enforcement and the public is very important to me, not only as a board member but as a member of our local community. Having reliable communication between deputies, agencies and the public can help reduce risk during critical events.”

The ECD 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 Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is a community partner that helps to make Lewis County a safe and secure place to live, work and go to school. The Sheriff’s Office employs a total of 109 employees, serves a current estimated population of 77,066, all located within approximately 2,403 square miles, and provides law enforcement services 24 hours a day

“We strive for community partnership and are thankful for the gracious grant funding provided by The Centralia Coal Transition Grants Economic & Community Development Board” said Sheriff Robert R. Snaza. “We could not be more appreciative for this generous contribution that we will put to good use providing essential equipment for our deputies.”

Overview of the 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

Media Inquiries:                                                          

Email: coaltransitionboards@transalta.com