energy

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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Coal Exports
6:50 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Where Coal Divides, Community Remains

Lisa McShane and Mark Lowry are long-time Bellingham residents and friends. They disagree on the issue of exporting coal but they're still talking about it.
Credit Photo by Ashley Ahearn

The largest coal export facility on the West coast is proposed to be built near Bellingham, WA. Some people see it as an opportunity to create jobs. Others worry about the potential environmental impacts of dusty coal trains and climate change. It’s an issue that’s dividing communities around the Northwest.

EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn went to Bellingham, Washington to visit one community at the center of the coal export debate.

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BPA Agreement
6:12 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

BPA Deal With Alcoa Promises Job Security, Utility Savings

Hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in utility savings are the big benefits of a new power agreement announced Friday in Northwest Washington.

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Coal Export Terminal
6:11 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Factual and Moral Questions Raised At Spokane’s Public Hearing About Coal Shipments

Hundreds of people attended Tuesday's public hearing in Spokane about a proposed coal export terminal in the Northwest. The meeting brought out strong emotions, and raised a moral question about how the hearings are run. Paige Browning reports the event focused on the proposed Gateway Terminal for Whatcom County, which would ship coal to Asia.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:08 am
Thu December 6, 2012

DOE Economic Study Finds Exporting Natural Gas Would Benefit the U.S.

The Department of Energy released a study today/ Wednesday that finds exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy. That may clear the way for the feds to grant licenses to 15 proposed export terminals, including two in Oregon. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:18 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New Federal Plan Forward On Hanford Tank Farms Coming Soon

The new document maps out decisions like where to bury the radioactive waste, and how much to leave in place.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The federal government plans to release a major document early next week that could guide a couple of decades worth of cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. This is important because it maps out decisions like where to bury the radioactive waste, and how much to leave in place.

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Coal Exports
4:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

First Meeting on Oregon Coal Export Terminal

The Morrow Pacific Project would transport coal by train to the eastern Oregon port city.
Credit Callum Black / Wikimedia Commons

A series of public meetings about a proposed coal export terminal kicked off Thursday night in Boardman.

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Idaho Nuclear Energy
4:58 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Idaho Task Force Considers Nuclear Waste

Idaho's Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission meeting on August 16, 2012.
Credit Aaron Kunz / Boise State Public Radio

A task force in Idaho today issued a first draft of recommendations that could include the shipment of spent nuclear waste into the state.

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Battery Performance
5:39 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Future of Energy Storage, Electric Cars: Batteries

High-tech batteries could be a solution to storing renewable energy. They could also help electric cars drive farther before needing to recharge. A Washington laboratory is joining a nationwide team of scientist and industry professionals to advance battery performance.

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Electric Buses
6:56 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Federal Grant Money Pays For Battery Electric Transit Buses

Link Transit has deployed this battery-electric trolley bus on downtown circulator routes.
Credit Photo courtesy Link Transit

In the last couple years, you've seen mass-produced, 100 percent electric cars take to the streets in the Northwest. In the same vein, now come the first battery powered buses. And we're not talking about trolley buses that get juice from overhead wires, as correspondent Tom Banse explains.

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