Energy

Coal Terminal
6:39 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Public Meetings On Coal Exports Heat Up In Northwestern Washington

The environmental review process for the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast is underway. Public meetings are being held around the state to get feedback from citizens. EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn was at the most recent hearing in Ferndale, Washington, which took place Thursday night.

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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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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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Natural Gas Exports
6:06 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Hearing On Natural Gas Exports Turns Raucous

The prospect of coal exports has stirred controversy in the Northwest this year. But near Astoria last night, it was natural gas exports that drew a capacity crowd. Correspondent Tom Banse reports what happened when federal regulators invited comment on a proposed natural gas export terminal at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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Energy Efficient TV
6:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

"Are You Fan Enough" Campaign Promotes Energy Efficiency

These stickers point out TV's that use the least amount of power. If everyone purchased these TV's the energy saved could power 290,000 homes every year.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

An alliance of Northwest power utilities kicked off a campaign this month to curb energy use by college football fans. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Proposed Coal Terminal
5:29 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Governmental Agencies To Jointly Review Longview Coal Terminal

Governmental agencies announced Tuesday plans to conduct a joint environmental review of a proposed coal export facility near Longview, Wash.

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