energy

Wave Energy Generator
5:11 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Submerged Wave Energy Generator On Track For 2014 Deployment Near Astoria

An engineering company based in Salem, Ore. says it is close to deploying the first submerged wave power generator on the West Coast.
Credit EncMstr / Wikimedia

A Salem, Oregon-based engineering company says it is close to deploying the first submerged wave power generator on the West Coast. M3 Wave Energy Systems plans a temporary deployment late this summer in shallow water off the northern Oregon coast.

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Hydropower
6:07 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Report Says Climate Change Is Likely To Reduce Hydropower In The Northwest

The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state.
Credit Joe Nicora / Flickr

If the Northwest continues to operate dams as it does now, the region could be left with 20 percent less hydropower by 2080.

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Renewable Energy
4:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Energy Storage Battery Heads To The Market

The push to build batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid is taking a big step forward.
Credit Jeffrey G. Katz / Wikimedia Commons

The push to build supersized batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid is taking a big step forward: private companies are interested in putting such technology into commercial production.

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Gov. Mansion Updates
5:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Oregon's First Lady Shows Off Energy Efficiency Improvements At Governor's Mansion

Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes gave reporters a tour of energy efficiency upgrades at Mahonia Hall.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 5:04 pm

Thanks to a series of energy efficiency improvements, the heating bills are lower at the Oregon Governor's Mansion this winter.

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Electric Cars
6:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars

Commuter Steve Marsh (left) of Kent, Wash. was honored Monday as the first in the nation to log 100,000 miles on an all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:57 pm

Just like consumers who postponed buying new cars during the recent recession, government agencies also put off vehicle replacements. But now procurement officers are getting busy again.

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Triple-paned Windows
6:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Triple-Paned Windows: Are They Worth The Cost?

The windows are expensive and could take 20 to 50 years to start paying you back.
Credit Courtney Flatt

If you’re looking to keep out the winter cold, triple-paned windows will do the trick. But Northwest researchers have found have found it can take decades before savings from these highly insulated windows pay you back.

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Biomass Proposal
6:02 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Biomass Proposal in Lakeview Sparks Concerns About Particulate Pollution

Regulators have approved an air pollution permit for a proposed biomass power plant in Lakeview, Oregon, which already struggles with pollution from wood stoves.
Credit Galina Mikhalishina / Creative Commons

Regulators have approved an air pollution permit for a proposed biomass power plant in Lakeview, Oregon. Some residents have questioned the permit because the town is already struggling with pollution from wood stoves.

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Food Waste Power Plant
4:36 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Oregon Celebrates Power Plant Run On Commercial Food Waste

The new power plant in Junction City turns food waste into electricity.
Credit bluebike / Flickr

Oregon's first utility-scale facility to turn commercial food waste to electricity is up and running in Junction City.

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WSU Jet Fuel Research
4:52 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

WSU Tri-Cities To Head New Federal Jet Bio-fuel Research Center

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 4:46 pm

Washington State University will lead a new federal research center focused on finding new biofuels for jet airplanes.

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Northwest Coal Transportation
5:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Columbia River Coal Comments Most in DEQ History

Comments ranged from support for jobs to concerns about climate change.
Credit Chris McKenna / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon environmental regulators have been sifting through more than 16,000 comments about a proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River. the public comment period recently closed.

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