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Without its dams, Washington’s ambitious climate goals would be hopelessly out of reach.

Dignitaries, workers and schoolchildren donned hard hats and safety goggles Thursday to welcome the first plant — an Australian tree fern — to the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle.

The utility’s job is usually straightforward: to generate or buy power and get it to the customer. The customer’s job is to pay the bill and flip the switch. Microsoft wants to shake up that arrangement.

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Location: Seattle  |  Employees: 60  |  Top Exec: Bert Valdman, president/CEO   |  optimumenergyco.com

Seattle’s 84-year-old Aurora Bridge is built with steel downspouts that dump 3.2 million gallons of untreated rainwater directly into the ship canal between Lake Union and Puget Sound every year, something that bridge designers in the 1930s probably never considered to be a problem.

Washington leads the way in making the composites industry more sustainable.

ClearSign makes combustion cleaner and more efficient.