Cleantech in Washington: Our Future Economy?

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NORTHWEST ENERGY ANGEL S

J ANUARY 27, 2011

J. THOMAS RANKEN

PRESI DENT AND CEO

WAS HI NGTON CL EAN TECHNOLOGY AL L I ANCE

Cleantech in Washington: Our
Future Economy?

Cleantech in Washington: Our Future Economy?


What is Cleantech in Washington?


Cleantech Business Models


How are New Economic Sectors Created?


What is the Washington Clean Technology
Alliance?


Forecasts!

What Might Cleantech Look Like in WA?


Energy Efficiency/Green Buildings


Smart Grid


Aviation Biofuels


X
-
Factor

Cleantech Business Models


Environmental Remediation


Technology


Conservation

Creating New Sectors


Aerospace


Agriculture


Forest Products


Software/Internet


Cell phones


Wine


Life Sciences


Coffee


Creating New Sectors


Technology


Key Entrepreneurs: Bill Gates, George
Weyerhaeuser, Howard Schultz, Craig McCaw,
Jeff Bezos


Academic and Non
-
profit Research


Resources


How Does Washington Stack Up?


Cleantech is a
relatively

understandable industry
for angel investors.


We have great research institutions.


We have an export tradition.


Entrepreneurship is part of our culture.


The state has been a tradition of being an
environmental leader.


We have a breakaway company: McKinstry.



How Does Washington Stack Up?


We think we have won already.


Financing is difficult.


Low cost of energy.


Green efforts do not equal green jobs.


Economic and regulatory goals are not aligned.



WCTA Mission

The mission of the WCTA is to support the
development of clean technology companies,
jobs, and products in Washington state.

Segmenting the Market

Large

Core

Service

Description

Greater than 100
employees

1
-
100 employees,

organizational
purpose is in
providing cleantech
products and
services

Seek to develop
client

base in the
sector

Examples

Boeing,

McKinstry,
PNNL, City of
Seattle, Dept. of
Commerce, PSE,
UW, WSU, SnoPUD

Prometheus,
Thomas James,
Eco
-
Tec, Grays
Harbor Paper,
ecoFAB,

Mithun,
Eco
-
tec

Stoel Rives, Jon

Kroman,
enterpriseSeattle,
Port of Bremerton,
Greater Spokane

Primary Functions of the WCTA


Government Affairs


Networking Events


Communications


Business Services


Information Brokering and Operations

Upcoming Efforts


Breakfast with Glen Hiemstra, Feb 9


Cleantech Day in Olympia, Feb 16


WCTA/Boeing Presentation of Carbon Nation,
March 1


Smart Grid Breakfast, April 6


Working with CTO on possible events in June
and Fall

Forecast

Moses Lake BMW Factory
:
Moses Lake has been
selected as the manufacturing site of carbon
-
fiber parts
for BMW's upcoming Megacity electric car. The 60
-
acre, $100 million facility will employ 80 workers
manufacturing components for compact, battery
-
powered vehicles designed for urban travel. This
project proves that cleantech can bring a prestigious
global brand to WA and create lasting, skilled jobs.

Forecast

Biofuels
:
Cleantech is highly competitive, which is why
Washington should focus where it has a comparative
advantage. One such sector is biofuels, and especially
aviation fuel, given our regional aerospace industry.
Boeing and Alaska Airlines are joining WSU, the Port of
Seattle, the Port of OR, and Spokane International
Airport in the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest
project.

Forecast

Green Buildings
:
Upgrading the energy efficiency of
buildings is one of the most effective clean
technologies. State and local green
-
building standards
are high and WA builders have risen to meet them.
Companies like McKinstry essentially split the savings
from conservation upgrades in existing buildings
between themselves and the client.

Forecast

Political Climate
:
The Republican takeover of the
House and gains in Senate seats indicate an enormous
ideological shift with practical consequences for
cleantech. With a presidential election looming in
2012, it's hard to foresee either side of the aisle making
compromises to get things done. Expect two years of
gridlock and progressive losses of federal support for
cleantech.

Forecast


Washington State Budget
:
With a projected budget
shortfall of $5.7 billion between 2011 and 2013, all
state programs are taking a hit, including cleantech
initiatives. Projects that would receive support in
better years will be in for fight.

Forecast

Composite Building Materials
:

In 2011, NewWood
in Elma is launching a wood
-
plastic composite board
that will put urban wood to use, not waste. NewWood
is designed to have the flexibility and dimensional
strength of wooden materials with the durability of
plastic.

Forecast

Electric Vehicle Charge Stations
:
As hybrid and all
-
electric vehicles gain traction in the US auto market,
electrical charging stations are popping up to serve
them. Bellevue City Hall is installing a pair of stations in
the visitors' parking lot. The stations are part of a
network of 4,600 public and home stations installed
through the $37 million ChargePoint America program,
a DoE initiative partly funded through an American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.




Forecast

Washington Smart Grid Leadership
:
By overlaying
the existing electrical networks with IT systems and
energy
-
conservation devices, smart grid technology
saves energy and money by routing electricity where
and when it costs least. The PNW Smart Grid
Demonstration Project is setting up test grid projects at
12 NW utilities. Sponsored with stimulus funding
matched in part by utilities, the stage is set for WA to
take a leading role in moving smart grid utilization
forward.

Forecasts

Geothermal Exploration
:
The Snohomish County PUD
is exploring for geothermal deposits that may one day
power 35,000 homes. Funded in part by DoE stimulus
money, five test wells are being drilled in the Cascade
Range. While the PNW has enjoyed relatively
inexpensive energy in the past from sources such as
hydropower, higher prices, and funding for renewables
could unlock geothermal energy potential.

Forecasts

One thing's for certain
:
The potential importance of
these predictions are considerable, but uncertain.
However, one prediction is a sure thing: I predict the
unpredictable. Clean technology is moving fast and
remarkable surprises are coming.


J. THOMAS RANKEN

PRES I DENT AND CEO

WAS HI NGTON CL EAN TECHNOLOGY AL L I ANCE

( 206) 389
-
8655

TOM@WACL EANTECH.ORG

Cleantech in Washington: Our
Future Economy?