renewable energy

Columbia River Treaty
5:25 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Canada, U.S. Disagree Over Value of Columbia River Treaty Benefits

The Columbia River's Chief Joseph Dam near Bridgeport, Washington. The dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library

British Columbia has staked out a negotiating position on a cross-border water treaty that puts it at odds with public utilities and rate payers in the U.S. Northwest. At issue is whether and how to renew the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty. 

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Renewable Energy
4:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Energy Storage Battery Heads To The Market

The push to build batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid is taking a big step forward.
Credit Jeffrey G. Katz / Wikimedia Commons

The push to build supersized batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid is taking a big step forward: private companies are interested in putting such technology into commercial production.

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Renewable Energy
5:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Floating Offshore Wind Farm Gets A Green Light

An offshore wind farm like the one pictured is proposed for the Southern Oregon Coast.
Credit Kim Hansen / Wikimedia

A proposal to build a floating wind farm off the coast of Southern Oregon took a step forward Wednesday. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that a Seattle developer is now free to submit plans for the project. 

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Energy Plan
6:37 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Obama's Hits And Misses With Northwest Environmentalists

Energy and the environment both got brief mentions in President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president pushed natural gas and solar power as ways to reduce carbon pollution.

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Electric Cars
6:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars

Commuter Steve Marsh (left) of Kent, Wash. was honored Monday as the first in the nation to log 100,000 miles on an all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:57 pm

Just like consumers who postponed buying new cars during the recent recession, government agencies also put off vehicle replacements. But now procurement officers are getting busy again.

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Unusual Power Plant
5:07 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Unusual Funding For Unusual Proof-of-Concept Power Plant

A renewable energy consultant and the Oregon Institute of Technology have come up with an unusual financing plan for an even more unusual power plant idea.

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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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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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Wheat Straw Energy
6:20 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Creating Power From Wheat Straw

Since 1978, one eastern Washington county has out-produced all other wheat-growing counties in the U.S. But what to do with all the leftover straw? Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt explains a group of students at Washington State University has found a way to provide power from farmers’ scraps.

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Forest Biomass
4:11 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

An Underused Resource In Washington: Forest Biomass

The forest biomass like that in the Wenatchee Mountains is an underused resource in Washington.
Photo credit: Walter Siegmund Wikimedia commons

Renewable energy is growing on trees in Washington, and right now, much of it is going up in smoke.

That’s the word from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who has released the results of a study on forest biomass. Goldmark says industry is currently using only about a third of the woody biomass that could be sustainably harvested and then converted into liquid fuel or heat for electricity generation.

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