Alternative Energy

Spokane-based Avista Utilities and Seattle City Light --perhaps soon to be joined by Oregon's two biggest electric utilities: Portland General Electric & Pacific Power -- are diving into a new line of business: charging up electric cars.

They have plans to buy and maintain significant numbers of electric car charging stations. These will be installed at homes, private workplaces and public locations.

A startup company from North Idaho captivated donors and YouTube viewers worldwide a few years ago with its idea for turning roads and parking lots into solar farms. Now that far-out idea is available for public inspection for the first time.

Wouldn't it be nice to get a check from your electric utility instead of a bill? That's exactly what happens for a select few homeowners in the Pacific Northwest whose solar-powered houses generate more electricity than they use over the course of the year.

Washington State University

    What if there were a two-for-one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half -- not a bad result for your monthly budget.   

Geothermal Industry Sees A New Frontier The Northwest

Sep 29, 2014
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The geothermal industry is holding its annual meeting in Portland this week. Group leaders say they chose the location because the Northwest is a new frontier for geothermal energy development.

Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

  In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads. This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100-thousand electric cars sold in the state since the end of 2010.