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With the Kraken clinching a playoff spot, Wayne Gretzky came to mind. His approach to the game of hockey is a good reminder for us as we build Washington state’s clean economy. That’s why we’re “skating” to Canada — to see where the puck is going to be.

Clean Economy Study Mission 3.0: Québec

Québec City and Montréal

Like Washington state, Québec is a clean economy leader, setting the pace for their country.

Québec introduced its cap-and-trade system ten years ago. Washington’s cap-and-invest system commences this year, and is designed to potentially link in the future with the programs in Québec and California, meaning that businesses in one jurisdiction can use emission allowances issued by the others for compliance. The number of businesses interacting under the cap reduces compliance costs by creating more options for finding the most cost-effective opportunities.

The Ministry of Environment will share lessons from their decade of cap-and-trade experience, lessons that will be valuable to the Washington state government officials tasked with managing our program, and to the Washington state businesses that operate within the system.

We’ll visit clean energy facilities and meet with business leaders to get a firsthand look at how Québec is transitioning to a low-carbon economy:

  • Tour North America’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train
  • Explore Hydro-Québec’s Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage – the biggest electricity research center in North America
  • Hear from business leaders and top government officials
  • Attend Canada’s largest trucking expo – and ride in a Volvo ZEV truck
  • Learn about Québec’s hydrogen strategy

Don’t wait. The puck moves fast. Lace up your skates and register today.

Québec City and Montréal

Among those joining us for the trip are: 

Senator Matt Boehnke

Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee and Senate Ways & Means Committee

Benoit Charette

Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks

Representative Jake Fey

House Transportation Committee Chair

Patty Kinswa-Gaiser

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Chairwoman

Jean Lemire

Envoy for Climate Change, Northern and Arctic Affairs

Senator Joe Nguyen

Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee Chair (Invited

Kristine Reeves

House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Vice Chair (Invited)

Senator Jesse Salomon (D-32)

Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee Vice-Chair

Thank you to our trip sponsors!