energy

Safety Culture
5:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Study: Energy Department Has More Work To Do On Safety Culture

Hanford’s 100 Area, located along the banks of the Columbia River.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy still has work to do to improve its own safety culture. That’s the upshot of a recent study on the federal agency that heads environmental cleanup of nuclear waste across the country, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Smart Thermostat
5:21 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A Smarter Thermostat To Save Energy

The programmable Nest Learning Thermostat connects to wifi so that you can access it remotely from your smartphone or tablet.
Credit Northwest Public Radio

About half of the energy you use comes from heating and cooling your home. So, what if a smart thermostat could help you use less? An energy innovation can help you change your thermostat even if you’re miles away from home.

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Energy Conservation
6:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Hints To Winterize Your Home

Most ways to weatherize a home are relatively inexpensive.
Credit Basher Eyre / Wikimedia Commons

Updating your home can have a dramatic effect on energy savings. One Central Washington couple reduced their energy use by about one-third.

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Geothermal Power Plant
5:21 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Northwest's Second Geothermal Power Plant Enters Service

Geothermal energy plant at The Geysers near Santa Rosa, Calif.
Credit Dept. of Energy

The Northwest's second geothermal power plant has entered service. A Boise-based company called U.S. Geothermal built the project at Neal Hot Springs, near the small town of Vale in eastern Oregon.

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Klamath Water Rights
6:13 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Klamath Tribes and Farmers Consider Extending Water Agreement

A major water rights agreement in the Klamath Basin is set to expire in December 31st. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports that farmers, tribes, and power company PacifiCorp are getting behind an extension.

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Wind Company Layoffs
5:31 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

More Layoffs For Major Wind Company

A global wind company with offices in the Pacific Northwest has announced more layoffs. Vestas says it will cut an additional 3,000 jobs by the end of next year. That nearly doubles the number of jobs the wind turbine company had planned to eliminate.

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Coal Export Terminal
6:28 am
Tue November 6, 2012

New Report: Gateway Pacific Terminal Means Traffic In Seattle

Governmental agencies have begun the environmental review process for the largest proposed coal export terminal in the Northwest. It would be located near Bellingham, Washington. If it’s built the Gateway Pacific Terminal would draw trains from across the region, carrying coal from Wyoming and Montana to be exported to Asia.

And those trains would come through Seattle. That would lead to more traffic, according to a new report from the Seattle Department of Transportation. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Oregon Renewable Energy Requirements
5:53 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Proposal For 2014 Would Change Oregon's Energy Standards

A measure filed in Oregon would allow more power from hydroelectric dams to be part of the state’s renewable energy requirements.
Credit U.S. Army Corps

Even as voters decide this year’s ballot measures, initiative activists are already preparing for 2014. One new measure filed in Oregon would allow more power from hydroelectric dams to be part of the state’s renewable energy requirements.

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Presidential Candidates Ignore Environment
6:43 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Presidential Candidates Not Focused On The Environment

The environment hasn’t been a big issue during this presidential campaign. It mainly comes up in the context of energy independence.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:12 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Natural Gas: Keep It Here Or Export? Debate Comes To The Northwest

Portland attorney Robert Lorey (left) and Astoria marine biologist Dave Lillis protest natural gas exports outside the Warrenton Community Center
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Natural gas production in North America has increased so dramatically that no fewer than 17 companies have now applied to export the fuel overseas. Two gas export terminals are proposed in the Northwest - one near Coos Bay, Oregon, and the other at the Port of Astoria. This week, federal energy regulators are getting an earful of public testimony. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the possible effects all this could have on the price you pay for natural gas.

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