energy

Energy Secretary
6:20 am
Tue June 18, 2013

New U.S. Energy Secretary Set To Visit Hanford This Week

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:35 pm

Ernest Moniz, the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy visits Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington on Wednesday. Among the issues he will have to deal with are the leaking underground tanks of radioactive waste and the troubled waste treatment plant.

From his resume, it appears Moniz isn’t short on brainpower. He’s been on the faculty of MIT since 1973. Secretary Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University.

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Compressed Air
4:48 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Compressed Air Technology To Store Wind Energy

Renewable energy storage is one step closer becoming a reality in the Northwest. Researchers are proposing a new system that could store enough wind energy to power 80,000 homes for a month. But researchers aren’t proposing fields lined with batteries. They’re using some of the Columbia River Basin’s natural geography and compressed air.

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Green Housing
6:44 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Super-Energy Efficient Homes Built To Inspire More Stringent Codes

A NEEA "Next Step Home" pilot home in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The homes of the future will come with remarkably low heating bills. At least that's the hope of a Portland-based non-profit showcasing 13 super energy efficient homes in four Northwest states. The question is, can you afford to buy one of these houses? Correspondent Tom Banse has this report.

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Portable Turbines
6:49 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Portable Wind Turbines Bring Renewable Energy To Cities

Tall, noisy wind turbines may not go over well in some urban areas. A Northwest company has developed residential-sized turbines to push renewable energy to cities. The portable turbines could also generate power during disasters.

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Nuclear Power Plant
4:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating

Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:59 pm

Federal regulators say the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is now back on course after an 11-year safety miscalculation. The new designation means the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington gets a more relaxed inspection and oversight status.

Between 2000 and 2011, workers at the nuclear plant used faulty estimates for how much radiation could escape during a crisis. That mistake and others were found in an inspection just last year.

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No New Wind Turbines
9:16 am
Thu May 9, 2013

No New Wind Farm Construction In PNW This Year

You may have seen wind turbines springing up all over the Pacific Northwest in the past decade. So far this year, the region’s wind industry has faced a different story. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Green Energy Credit
6:45 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Idaho Power Seeks to End Excess Green Energy Credit Payouts

Idaho Power addresses public about it's application to change procedure for net metering customers.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

If you use solar panels or wind turbines to generate your own power, you can sell the electricity you don’t use back to your utility. But one Northwest power company wants to stop sending checks to customers who are big energy producers. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Bullitt Center
6:41 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Seattle’s Bullitt Center: Ready To Debut As World’s Greenest Office Building

The Bullitt Center, which opens this week in Seattle, is expected to be the greenest office building in the world and is built to last 250 years.
Credit Michael Werner

After breaking ground a year and a half ago, Seattle’s Bullitt Center is nearing completion and tenants have begun to move into what is being billed as the greenest office building in the world. The grand opening is set for Monday, which is Earth Day.

Joe David is standing beneath a sprawling ceiling made entirely of 2x6 wooden beams lying on edge like rows of popsicle sticks. And it’s all being held up by thick timber columns.

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New Oil Facility
6:54 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Grays Harbor Signs Option To Lease For Train-To-Barge Oil Facility

The Port of Grays Harbor near Aberdeen has announced an agreement to lease property for a crude oil unloading and storage facility. The oil would arrive by train and then be loaded on to barges bound for refineries on the West coast. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Columbia River Treaty
6:43 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Columbia River Treaty Public Meetings Begin In Spokane

A decades-long treaty between the United States and Canada will soon be up for renewal. It governs power management and flood control in the Columbia River Basin. Next year is the first time in 50 years either country can end or revise the treaty.

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