State Relations

December 16, 2013

Gov. Inslee, Pres. Young Attend Clean Energy Institute Launch Events

A new University of Washington institute to develop efficient, cost-effective solar power and better energy storage systems launched last week (Dec. 12) with an event attended by UW President Michael K. Young, Gov. Jay Inslee and researchers, industry experts and policy leaders in renewable energy.

Clean Energy Institute Kick-Off

Gov. Jay Inslee (center) shakes hands with Daniel Schwartz, director of the new Clean Energy Institute, with UW President Michael Young (left).Mary Levin / UW


Gov. Inslee made securing $6 million for CEI a priority last session. Lawmakers allocated the funding in the 2013-2015 state budget. The new research center will advance solar energy and electrical energy storage capacities. The institute will better connect and boost existing energy research at the UW as well as attract new partnerships and talent, including new faculty members.

Read more about the launch events in the Seattle Times, or in this news story from KIRO 7.