Lewis EDC Hires Consultant to Help Push Renewable Energy Projects

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NoteL The following content was produced by the Lewis Economic Development Council, which publishes a special section in The Chronicle monthly. 

The Lewis Economic Development Council has hired Clarity Consulting, led by founder Kelly Johnston, who is also a Centralia City councilor, to help build a cohesive coalition around emerging energy projects in Lewis County.

Several energy projects are underway or planned for in Lewis County, from a hydrogen refueling station in Chehalis, a renewable energy transportation corridor of charging stations between Lewis County and Yakima along U.S. Highway 12, and a massive solar project on Weyerhaeuser land on the former TransAlta mining site.

Clarity Consulting will help build a coalition to promote Lewis County as an energy innovation hub.

“Lewis County has a history of energy production and distribution through TransAlta,” Johnston said, adding there are lots of opportunities in the emerging renewable energy sector in Lewis County.

Her consulting firm will assist in bringing the different groups working on energy innovation together, and assist in garnering legislative support and pursuing grant funding, basically helping “seed” the effort.