- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state has been awarded $450,200 federal grant to lead work on projects dealing with energy efficient buildings and retrofits in Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the award from the U.S. Department of Energy on Friday. The project is part of the work of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, a multistate group formed in 2008 to organize climate change and clean energy policies.

The plan looks to increase benchmarking and disclosure policies, including tracking the utility bills of buildings over time and comparing those numbers to other buildings in order to get a better understanding of energy consumption and costs.

Similar programs are already in place in Seattle and San Francisco, according to Washington State Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender.

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