energy

Shipwrecked Oil Rig
4:46 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Shell’s Beached Kulluk Oil Rig Towed To Safe Harbor

The Kulluk aground off Sitkalidak Island, Ala.
Credit Travis Marsh / U.S. Coast Guard

A shipwrecked oil rig that was bound for Seattle has been floated off the rocks and towed to a safe harbor in the Gulf of Alaska. A fleet of nine ships accompanied Shell Oil’s Kulluk drill rig on the 45-mile tow.

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Explosions At UO
4:18 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Explosions Rock UO Campus Monday Morning

The University of Oregon experienced power outages in several buildings Monday.
Credit Visitor7 / Wikimedia Commons

On the first morning back from winter break the University of Oregon campus community experienced a series of explosions. The booms and resulting smoke were traced to an underground tunnel which houses the electrical power system.

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Carbon Tax
5:43 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Taxing Carbon To Pay For Transportation Infrastructure

Keeping up with transportation infrastructure isn’t cheap. The Washington State Transportation Commission estimates that in the next 20 years around $200 billion needs to be put towards the maintenance of roads, ferries and more.

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Algae Biofuels
5:18 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Northwest Biotech Firms Will Benefit From Algae Biofuel Tax Credit

If you read the fine print of the tax bill Congress passed this week, it includes a shout-out to algae, cyanobacteria and duckweed. For the first time, algae biofuels are eligible for a dollar a gallon tax credit.

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Grounded Drilling Rig
6:46 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Grounded Drilling Rig Remains Stable In Alaska

An Alaskan oil drilling rig.
Credit Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg / U.S. Coast Guard

A grounded oil drilling rig remains in stable shape off the coast of Alaska Wednesday. Shell Oil’s Kulluk ran aground on New Year’s Eve on an island in the Gulf of Alaska. The vessel hasn’t spilled any oil so far, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Energy Tax Credit
4:41 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Congress Extends Key Tax Credits for Wind, Biofuels

Wind farms cash in on the tax credit based on how much power they produce.
Credit Steve Wilson / Wikimedia Commons

A last minute deal passed by Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff extended a key tax credit for the wind power industry. The tax credit has helped turn wind energy into a more than $10 billion industry in the Northwest. It expired on the 31.

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Wind Power Tax Credit
6:15 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Wind Power Tax Credit to Expire Soon

Some clean energy jobs will disappear from the Pacific Northwest in 2013. Industry leaders say that’s a consequence of letting a wind tax credit expire on Monday. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Tidal Energy
7:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Not Easy To Find Room For Ocean Energy

A wave energy generator built by Ocean Power Technologies rests on its side on a dock in Scotland, just prior to deployment. OPT says its Reedsport, Ore. project will use the same type of buoy.
Credit Photo courtesy OPT

It goes without saying that the Pacific Ocean is vast. So it may come as a surprise to hear the sea described as "crowded." Perhaps even too crowded to make room for the nascent industry of wave and tidal energy. Taxpayers and investors have pumped tens of millions of dollars into finding ways to turn the ocean's power into electricity. Correspondent Tom Banse reports high stakes negotiations to identify wave energy sites on the Oregon Coast are finally getting somewhere.

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Offshore Wind Energy
6:23 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Seattle Firm Wins Grant To Build Offshore Wind Platform

Seattle company Principle Power wants to take turbines out to sea. The feds today awarded the company 4 million dollars to design an offshore wind power facility. It would be anchored off the Oregon coast near Coos Bay. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Coal Terminals
6:20 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Coal Export Opponents Dominate Vancouver Hearing

About 700 people gathered in Vancouver, Washington, Wednesday to comment on a coal export terminal that could be built near Bellingham.

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