energy

Hanford Cleanup
6:49 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Wyden To Question Energy Nominee Moniz On Hanford

White House

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:37 pm

President Obama’s pick for energy secretary can expect a lot of questions about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation at a confirmation hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden chairs the committee considering physicist Ernest Moniz to head the sprawling federal agency.

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Biofuel Plant Layoffs
4:50 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Biorefinery Lays Off Eastern Oregon Workers

An eastern Oregon biofuel plant has announced it’s laying off workers. The news comes three weeks after it began producing ethanol.

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Coal Exports
7:26 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Kitzhaber, Inslee Push For Emissions Accounting For Coal Export Proposals

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Jay Inslee continue to push for a tougher federal review of proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. Monday the governors sent a letter to the President’s top environmental advisors, asking them to consider the impact of coal exports on the climate. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Electric Vehicle Charger
4:33 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

An Electric Vehicle Charger To Help Balance The Grid

Northwest researchers have developed a smart charger to help balance the grid and save the user money.
Credit Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Charging your electric vehicle could help balance the grid and save you money. Northwest researchers have developed a smart charger to do just that.

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Boardman Coal Port
5:29 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Ambre Energy Asks For Coal Export Permit Delay

Ambre Energy hopes to move coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia through a facility at the Columbia River Port of Morrow in Boardman.
Credit EarthFix

An Australian coal company has asked for more time to answer questions from the State of Oregon about its plans for a coal port in Boardman.

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Voices of Coal
6:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Voices Of Coal: Rail Town Mayor

This week we’re bringing you our special EarthFix series, "Voices of Coal."

Each day we'll hear from someone with a personal stake in the Northwest's debate over coal export terminals.

Hanford Leaks
5:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Inslee: Leaking Tank Waste Removal Can’t Begin For Two To Four Years

Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured the under-construction waste treatment plant at Hanford on Wednesday.
Credit Office of the Governor

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says it may take two to four years to begin removing liquids from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Geothermal Power Plant
5:07 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Malheur County Geothermal Plant Exceeding Expectations

Operators of a geothermal power plant in Malheur County say that facility is producing more electricity than originally anticipated.

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Shell Oil Drilling
6:33 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Shell Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, with three tugboats and an escort ship, on its way from Kodiak Island to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Credit Photo by Sara Francis / US Coast Guard

Shell Oil has put Arctic drilling on hold. The company announced Wednesday that it will not attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. The announcement comes after a year of accidents and setbacks for Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts. KUOW’s John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Sen. Wyden: Hanford Will Be Priority For Next Energy Secretary

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:53 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Problems at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be a key issue in the confirmation hearings for the next Secretary of Energy. That’s what Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said after he toured the southeast Washington site Tuesday.

Wyden chairs the Senate committee that will consider President Obama’s pick to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The Oregon Democrat toured Hanford’s tank farms, where millions of gallons of radioactive waste is stored. Two of those tanks have possible leaks.

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