Energy

Bellingham Export Terminal
5:34 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Review Process Kicks Off For Gateway Pacific Terminal In Bellingham

Some protestors wore gas masks in opposition to a proposed bulk export terminal in Bellingham.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

BELLINGHAM -- SSA Marine has submitted a permit application to build a bulk export terminal in Bellingham.

If approved, the terminal will be large enough to handle up to 54 million metric tons per year.

That could include wheat and grains but the majority will be coal. It will be delivered by train from mines in Wyoming and Montana – and then shipped out of Washington to Asian markets.

Ashley

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Electric Car Fees
5:05 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Fee On Electric Cars In Wash. To Offset Unpaid Gas Tax

Electric car owner Dick Hauser lives in Olympia, WA.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Electric car owners in Washington state would pay a $100 fee under a measure headed to the governor's desk. The aim is to offset the gas taxes these drivers are not paying. The bill passed Thursday night in one of the final votes of this year's regular session of the Washington Legislature, as Tom Banse reports.

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Idaho Wind Power
6:48 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Landowner Caught In Middle Of Wind Moratorium

Wind turbines on Randy Reynold's Mountain Home land.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

BOISE, Idaho -- Wind energy is facing some tough opposition in one Northwest state. Idaho lawmakers are hearing concerns that utilities and their customers are paying too much for power because of subsidies for wind energy. But on the other side of the argument, there are some who benefit from wind. Aaron Kunz reports.

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Idaho Natural Gas
6:05 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Idaho Senate Voices Concern Over Natural Gas Regulations

The dome of the Idaho capitol building.
Photo by: Eric Hunt Wikimedia Commons

BOISE, Idaho -- Some Idaho legislators are concerned about a bill that reduces county control over the oil and gas industry.

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee grilled industry leaders and stakeholders Wednesday over legislation that gives the state control to regulate the natural gas industry.

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Coal Terminal Petition
5:50 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Coal Export Terminal Opponents Submit Petition

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Some Washington citizens are voicing opposition about plans to build three new coal export terminals in their communities. Opponents of those proposals delivered more than 40,000 signatures to the state capitol in Olympia Wednesday.

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Wind Farm Moratorium
6:05 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Idaho Panel Advances Wind Energy Moratorium

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

BOISE, Idaho — A controversial bill that would stop the wind energy industry for two years has narrowly passed an Idaho House panel.

The House Local Government Committee passed the measure late Wednesday. The vote followed nearly four hours of testimony from supporters and opponents.

This bill doesn’t do away with government subsidies for wind farms. But it does put the brakes on an industry that has seen tremendous growth over the past several years.

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Hanford Clean Up
5:17 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Energy Secretary Says Hanford Cleanup May Be Delayed

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Image courtesy of C-SPAN

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant has been scheduled to begin operations in 2019. But U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday that the southeast Washington facility might not start on time.

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Hanford Radiation Leak
6:27 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Small Radiation Leak Contained At Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford Nuclear Reservation managers say they have contained a few drips of radioactive condensation found near a waste container. Federal Department of Energy officials say the contamination did not get off site, and is not a danger to workers at the southeast Washington facility.

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Idaho Energy Commission
5:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Otter Creates Commission to Study Nuclear Energy Issues

Idaho Governor Butch Otter
Photo by: justmaketheshift.idaho.gov Northwest News Network

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has created a nuclear energy commission to look at the future role of the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Natural Gas
6:09 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Wind Farm Developer Announces Layoffs

PORTLAND, Ore. - Iberdrola Renewables, one of the Northwest's biggest wind and solar power companies, let go about 50 workers out of a nationwide staff of more than 900. The cuts affect 25 workers based at its North American headquarters in Portland. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Energy company Iberdrola Renewables cited multiple factors for a decision to scale back on new projects. That led directly to layoffs in engineering, construction and development.

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