Clean Energy

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a member of two regional coalitions working to block new fossil fuel export infrastructure, which would bring major increases in transport of hazardous materials through Pacific Northwest communities. As we transition to the new clean energy economy of the near future, phasing out our local demand for dirty energy, we must not allow the Salish Sea to turn into a thoroughfare for shipping crude oil, coal, and natural gas overseas. 

Whatcom County Planning Policies

In July 2016, the Whatcom County Council proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan that would discourage permits for fossil fuel export projects from Cherry Point. In August 2016, the amendments were sent to the Planning Commission for further review. In January 2017, the Planning Commission sent its recommendation to the county council. 

In response to the lengthy process, the council introduced in August 2016 a six-month moratorium on permits for unrefined fossil fuel export projects that holds the line against plans to move crude oil and natural gas by train and pipeline through Cherry Point until permanent Comprehensive Plan policies can be put into place.

Council members need to hear that the community supports their work. Please email the Whatcom County Council and tell them you support the Cherry Point amendments and the fossil fuel moratorium.

Become a Clean Energy Activist

Our monthly Activist Meetings are a great place for community activists to come together and learn about our recent work fighting coal, oil, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in our community and throughout the Pacific Northwest, and what you can do to help. 

Get involved by attending one of our monthly Clean Energy activist meetings and signing up for our Clean Energy emails to learn how you can help fight coal, oil, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy

The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is a statewide coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses dedicated to reducing global warming pollution, strengthening the economy, and making sure all families have a better future.
 The Alliance is advancing a statewide policy initiative for 2018 to reduce carbon emissions and build a clean energy future. The initiative would invest in clean energy, clean water, and healthy forests, by implementing a performance-based tax on major polluters, while providing investment for disproportionately impacted communities and a just transition for workers. Learn more at

Washington Goes Solar!
Washington Goes Solar! is a service of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities that helps homeowners and businesses get hassle-free solar installation. Washington Goes Solar! was created to offer you the best value and the easiest access to the information you need to make a decision to go solar. The incentives are excellent, the math makes sense, the timing is right. Not only will you start saving money, add value to your property, and help the environment, your new system will also earn RE Sources a donated array! Read more.

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Power Past Coal
Coal is losing traction as a fossil fuel domestically due to an increased demand for clean energy. Let's further this by opposing the construction of proposed coal terminals. The large impacts from these terminals on our health and the environment extend from cradle to grave. Learn more at the Power Past Coal website or on our Power Past Coal page. 

Stand Up To Oil
Oil-by-rail shipments present a number of potential environmental and safety impacts to our communities. These proposals increase the risk of oil spills and derailments, which can lead to harmful explosions, fires, polluting waterways, and air pollution. Learn more at the Stand Up To Oil website or our Stand Up To Oil page. 

Energy Education
Interested in learning about more about energy? Explore our informative presentations on our Community Talks on Energy page. They cover everything from petroleum and coal to wind energy, solar, and biofuels. 

Contact us at if you're interested in having this series presented to your business or community group and we'll connect you with the creator, Sandy Lawrence.