Energy

Northwest Energy Efficiency
4:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Oregon, Washington In Top 10 Energy Efficient States

Northwest states lead the nation in energy efficiency, according to a new report out today.

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Ore. Wind Farm Construction Blocked
5:12 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Obama Blocks Wind Farm Construction By China Company

President Obama has blocked a Chinese company from further construction on four Oregon wind projects.
Tedder Wikimedia Commons

President Obama has blocked a Chinese company from building wind farms in northeastern Oregon. the president cited national security concerns at a nearby Navy facility.

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Wave Energy
4:24 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Poll Shows Strong Support For Wave Energy On Oregon Coast

Residents along the Oregon Coast are big supporters of wave energy, according to survey results released today. Developers have identified Oregon as one of the best places in the United States to install wave energy buoys.

The survey asked coastal 400 residents, from Tillamook to Brookings, what they thought of building new infrastructure in the ocean to capture energy from waves. 78 percent said they supported more development. Support dropped to 61 percent when people were asked about development in their communities.

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Wave Research Grant
6:04 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Grant Funds Largest Wave Research Site In US

Oregon will soon be home to the first large-scale wave research site in the United States. A $4 million grant from the Department of Energy is helping fund the facility.

The project will be connected to the electrical grid on-shore so that researchers can test how much power the buoys convert into electricity. Belinda Batten is with Oregon State University and will direct the facility. She says the project will help developers make wave energy more commercially available with large-scale technology.

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Idaho Wind Energy
6:02 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Federal Energy Commission Makes Statement on Wind Energy

A wind turbine built by General Electric.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

A federal energy regulator sided with wind energy producers in their dispute with Idaho Power. Earthfix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Wind Tower Producer Closing Plants
5:45 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Wind Tower Manufacturer To Close Plants

Wind tower manufacturer Katana Summit is closing its plants in Washington and Nebraska.
Annawjacbos Wikimedia Commons

A wind tower manufacturer says it’s closing plants in Washington and Nebraska. Manufacturing company Katana Summit is looking for a buyer for its operations in the two states. If that doesn’t happen by November 1, the plants will shut down.

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Coal Train Study
4:48 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Multnomah County Conducting Coal Train Study

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen has ordered county officials to study the health impacts that coal exports could have on area residents. The county health department is expected to deliver its report next month.

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Energy Efficient Lighting
5:11 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

LEDs: The Light Bulb of the Future?

A new study says that LED bulbs are becoming the best environmental choice for lighting.
Energy.gov

Light bulbs that rely on LED technology may soon be the best way to light your home. Courtney Flatt checked into a study that says LED light bulbs are becoming the best environmental choice.

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Nuclear Plant Under Investigation
3:54 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

NRC Looking Into Wash. Nuclear Plant's 11-Year-Old Mistake

The Columbia Generating Station is the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant.
Energy Northwest

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking into an 11-year emergency planning mistake at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. Officials at the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington used faulty estimates of how much radiation could escape during a crisis.

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Northwest Gas Use
5:01 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Gasoline Consumption Drops In Oregon, Washington

Weekly gasoline use per person in Washington and Oregon has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 50 years.
Brian Sayrs Flickr

A survey by the website GasBuddy.com finds gasoline prices at the pump are stabilizing in the Northwest going into Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, they're stabilizing right around $4 per gallon for regular unleaded on average statewide . If it's any consolation, a study by a think tank in Seattle finds gasoline consumption in Oregon and Washington is "on a gentle downward slide."

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