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Net-Zero Emissions Feasibility Study for Spokane Region

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Cities across the nation are responding to the challenge to meet aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets in effort to reduce the damaging effects of mankind on this planet. 

RCE was contracted by Spokane building sector leaders to complete a net-zero emissions feasibility study. This study is meant to augment  and support the City's Sustainability Action Plan by presenting a clear pathway focused on sound, best-practice solutions for consideration which, if implemented, would achieve zero net emissions targets on time with minimal energy cost increases and without prematurely eliminating low-cost, reliable energy sources.

The Washington State Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) calls for the decarbonization of homes, commercial buildings, and transportation systems with the intent of transitioning off fossil fuels in order to achieve zero net emissions and 100% renewable energy.

As we continue our effort with a statewide study around NZE solutions suitable for the diverse renewable resources available and regional climates of Washington State, we welcome further dialogue on the topics within this study.

Converting waste into renewable hydrogen for transportation
in Washington State

Really Clean Energy is collaborating with local transit companies and waste management on Phase 1 of a demonstration project to convert garbage, non recyclable plastics, polystyrene, and other waste streams into clean, renewable hydrogen for transportation.

Local waste that would otherwise be buried in a landfill will be used as renewable fuel for hydrogen-powered buses and cars. Every ton of waste diverted from the landfill results in carbon-free transportation for 1,000 cars for 28 miles and eliminates more than 860 pounds of petroleum-based carbon emissions.

Phase 2 of the project will address scaling-up to meet needs statewide including a future Hydrogen Highway.

Consulting with cities and businesses to plan for changes relating to net-zero emissions regulations 

Really Clean Energy is working with municipalities and businesses with large waste streams to:

  • reduce carbon emissions

  • reduce energy consumption 

  • transition to net-zero emissions practices

  • operate in compliance with environmental regulations

Really Clean Energy's philosophy of "reduce before you produce" typically results in a ~25% reduction in power needs prior to implementing solutions to reduce carbon emissions and transition to renewable energy options to replace fossil fuels.

Demonstration of plasma gasification system to eliminate open burn pits used by the U.S. Military

Really Clean Energy is collaborating with gasification technology experts to commercialize compact, modular waste-to-energy systems for rapid deployment. 


Everyday waste streams are used to produce renewable electricity, hydrogen gas, methane, chemicals, and liquid fuels. really Clean Energy is developing alternative fuel options to meet demands as the use of natural gas, gasoline, jet fuel, and other fossil fuels are reduced to meet environmental regulations and targets. 

RCE's Advanced Mobile Power Supply (AMPS) is designed to:

  • eliminate the use of burn pits on U.S. military installations overseas

  • integrate into existing power plants for upgrades and retrofits

  • process waste at transfer stations, sewage treatment facilities, and other decentralized locations

  • provide drop-in on-site waste-to-energy capabilities for businesses and communities including remote locations

- Brian Burrow, CEO, Really Clean Energy
“Net-zero emissions begins with energy conservation- reduce before you produce. .”