Thursday, December 15, 2011

With rise of eco-friendly cars, Wash. sees slump in gas tax revenue (KOMO-TV, Seattle)

Vestas' Martha Wyrsch: Save the Production Tax Credit (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Thou Shalt Covet Thy Neighbor?s Electric Bill (Electric Light & Power)

California - Salmon flood hatcheries, great 2012 predicted (SF Chronicle)

Pacific Gas & Electric cuts power to three SmartMeter opponents who removed devices (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Green energy: Silicon Valley leads a back-to-basics revolution (Christian Science Monitor)

Towns Fighting to Stand Ground Against Gas Drillers (NY Times)

N Central WashingtonPower Rates Cheapest In Washington State (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

Thousands of households face cuts in energy aid (The Tennessean, Nashville)

Montana - Northwestern Energy urges state to OK $86 million wind deal (Helena Independent-Record, MT)

Mason County PUD 1 Budget Approved (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Washington State Legislature adjourns 17-day special session in Olympia (The News Tribune)

Greenpeace finds common cause with Facebook on clean power for data centers (Oregonain, Portland)

Duke Energy, Progress Energy merger delayed (Dayton Business Journal, OH)

US natural gas supplies shrank last week (Associated Press)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman goes nuclear with rage, abuse, colleagues say |(Seattle Times)

Arch Coal secures $300M Wyo. coal lease (Associated Press)

BPA Unaffected - Department of Energy Implementation Activities in the Case of a Lapse of Appropriations (US Department of Energy)

Energy Northwest gives out toys and clothing (KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA)|

British Columbia - $200-million river-power project clears key hurdle (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oregon - Power purchase costs fuel Springfield Utility Board rate hike (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

Power purchase costs fuel rate hike | The BPA and corroding water pipes force SUB to increase its electric and water budgets

Fight among nation's top nuclear regulators gets airing before Congress (Christian Science Monitor)

Fight among nation's top nuclear regulators gets airing before Congress

Canada - Scientists, land professionals protest BC Hydro's plan to close wildlife offices (Victoria Times-Colonist, BC)

Scientists, land professionals protest BC Hydro's plan to close wildlife offices

Governor weighing changes to Washington State clean-energy law (The Olympian, WA)

Governor weighing changes to Washington State clean-energy law

Big N.C. wind project a 'no go' for now - Charlotte Business Journal

Big N.C. wind project a 'no go' for now - Charlotte Business Journal

Oklahoma - Seismologist says fracking not the cause of recent earthquakes (Tulsa World, OK)

Seismologist: Fracking not the cause of recent earthquakes

PSE accused of charging improper fee (KING-TV,Seattle)

PSE accused of charging improper fee

Feds move closer to approving new nuclear reactor (Associated Press)

Feds move closer to approving new nuclear reactor

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cold weather leaves high Lewis County heating bills looming (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

(CHEHALIS) – This cold weather could leave you facing a shocking home heating bill. We’ve seen a stretch of overnight lows temperatures well below freezing.  Here’s a low-cost alternative if your home has a furnace.  Changing the air filter should help increase efficiency. The Lewis County PUD has a number of other tips on conservation at the PUD’s website.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Company Delays Planned Lewis County Wind Farm (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

(DOTY) – That $230 million wind farm planned near Doty is being put on hold.  The company says they don’t have customer demand for the electricity for the power.  EverPower calls the situation a temporary setback. They’re aiming for a new operational date of sometime in 2013. The company adds they remain committed to the project which would line a series of ridges with up to 47 wind turbines.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Lewis County PUD chief selected (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

(NEWPORT, WA) – The next top staffer for the Lewis County PUD hails from Newport, Washington.  Bob Geddes is being selected to be the local power provider’s next manger manager. Geddes was tapped for the job following the upcoming retirement of current PUD manager Dave Muller.  Geddes has 27 years experience working in public utilities.  The PUD says he he has a wealth of experience when it comes to management and leadership.  He also has ties to Southwest Washington.  The new head of the local PUD gradated high school from Aberdeen.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Puget Sound Energy Reduces Natural Gas Bills (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

(CENTRALIA) – Here’s a bit of good news for your wallet if you heat your home with natural gas. Puget Sound Energy will be cutting rates 4-percent for some residential customers.  The reduction equals a monthly savings of more than $3.  The rate decrease follows cheaper wholesale prices for natural gas.  The Bellevue-based utility provides natural gas service in six western Washington counties including Lewis and Thurston. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Condit Dam to be breached Wednesday | The Columbian, Vancouver, WA

Special Report: Singed by Solyndra | Reuters

Texas - Bayfront wind turbines can't keep a pace » Corpus Christi Caller-Times, TX

Solar: Chinese efficiency vs. U.S. innovation | Seattle Times

150 years ago, a primitive Internet united the USA (Seattle Times)

Getting smart, Flathead Electric Co-op installs appliances to study efficiency - Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, MT

Using Oregon's forests for bioenergy production has a down side: increased carbon emissions | Oregonian

Maine reflects solar industry's rapid growth | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

Solar power is beginning to go mainstream (Associated Press)

A White Salmon River free of Condit Dam is monumental for tribal elder, kayaker and a fish biologist | Oregonian

Pinchot embraces his family name, its calling » Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA

How the web has powered work for 20 years — GigaOM


The Energy Efficiency Paradox - Big Think

Olympia seeks proposals for solar-panel work - Business - The Olympian, WA

Natural-gas-fired plant proposed for Troutdale's former Reynolds Aluminum plant, just a mile from Columbia River Gorge | Oregonian

Avista’s light-bulb mailing going ‘seamlessly’ - Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA

China blasts SolarWorld's request for tariffs, says cheap solar panels help economy, environment |

Southern Montana Electric board refuses to seat new Beartooth co-op member, prompting walkout (Billings Gazette, MT)

Southern Montana Electric files for bankruptcy (Billings Gazette, MT)

E.ON moves wind development office to Portland | Sustainable Business Oregon

Fitch Rates Snohomish PUD No.1, WA Electric System Bonds 'AA-'; Outlook Stable - MarketWatch

A 'Renewable' That's Worse Than Coal? | EarthTechling

Kansas company turns trash into alternative energy | Wichita Eagle, KS

Biomass plant standoff could head to court (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA)

Burning wood to save West’s trees - The Salt Lake Tribune, UT

Iberdrola halts work on $100 million Lakeview biomass project - Oregonian

Friday, October 21, 2011

A skeptical physicist ends up confirming climate data - The Washington Post

PG&E, Sempra Get Approvals for Western U.S. Solar Deals - Bloomberg

How The New Mars Rover's Power Supply Works (This Sucker's Nuclear!) - Gizmodo

Sacrament Municipal Utility District won't install Hwy. 50 solar panels, Cites high bid & right of way issues - Sacramento Bee

Inspection prompts Pacific Gas & Electric to examine overhead electrical lines - San Jose Mercury News

Winter forecast cold, wet with increased mountain snow for Northwest | KING-TV Seattle

Renewable Energy Development: Smaller Projects That Think Big | Renewable Energy World

23 WA companies named in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 - Puget Sound Business Journal

Beyond Green: A Net-Zero College Community -

Folk Icon's Time At Bonneville Power Administration Celebrated In Film · OPB News

Electric vehicles generating buzz in Clark County | The Columbian

California approves carbon market rules | Reuters

Lines Go Up to Ferry Wind Energy to Major Cities - NY Times

BC Hydro plays NAFTA card in bid to win green status in California (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Biomass Carbon Debate: When To Start Counting? | Renewable Energy World

Is NIMBYism a Threat to Small-Scale Renewables? | The Energy Collective

Utilities want you to go ductless (Olympian, WA)


B.C. Hydro boss resigns after 16 months on job (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Ultra-green Seattle office project draws corporate HQ, complaints (Seattle Times)

SolarWorld ups the ante in global solar trade war | Reuters

A social energy network turns to solar chargers & shopping (GigaOM)

Solyndra puts off asset auction until Nov. 18 (SF Chronicle)

The Columbia River's Extreme Math- Forbes

Customers think rates too high, but love PUD (St. Helens Chronicle, OR)

In PUblic Power Pursh - Xcel Says Boulder Customers Could Lose Solar Rebates If 2B, 2C Pass (Energy Boom)

How Can I Avoid Static Electricity Shocks in Cold, Dry Weather? (Gizmodo)

Energy Department Altered Loan-Related Release - CNBC

PUDs to pay for fish hatchery in Canada (Wenatchee World, WA)

Is Wind Worth It? - NY Times

Sleuth seeks to slash home heating bills | Baker City Herald, OR

From coal to biomass for some Virginia power | Green Tech - CNET News

California treasurer defends tax break for energy firms (Associated Press)

Despite Solyndra's collapse, other government bets pay off (Associated Press)

Energy storage key for wind power producers (Edmonton Journal, AB)

Japan eyes renewable energy deregulation: report | Reuters

$165 million biomass-fired plant earmarked for heart of oil country (Renewable Energy Magazine)

UK boosts support for marine, biomass power | Reuters

Council Approves Skamania County Whistling Ridge Wind Farm with Limits (Hood River News, OR)

Mason County Recreation Area Infield Project – Mason County PUD 3 helps with volunteer replacement of light poles (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Plugging in the Power of Social Networking (The Energy Collective)

Auditor: State workers used state time, computers for personal gain (KOMO News, Seattle, WA)

Starbucks worries that climate change is putting world's coffee supply at risk (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Grays Harbor County Cities to Get Energy Frugal (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

$10 mil bird bond may doom Naselle wind farm (Chinook Observer, Long Beach, WA)

America's Largest Coal Power Plant Burns 11 Million Tons of Bituminous a Year (Gizmodo)

Seattle City Light Restores Historic Ladder Creek Light Show (Electric Energy Online)

Subsidized charging stations: Will Electric Vehicles follow? (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

How FERC Order 1000 Could Affect Hydro (Renewable Energy World)

Port Angeles residents to pay more for utilities next year (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Obama pushes power line projects (Wyoming Business Report)

Texas sets wind power record as coastal wind grows (Reuters)

Snohomish PUD harvests power with new hydropower project (Everett Herald, WA)

Sharp Solar launches first two products since Camas move (Sustainable Business Oregon)

New York Planting One Million Trees, Too Many for Some - NY Times

Studies Clash on Impact of Indian Point Shutdown - NYTimes

The Lesson from Solyndra: It’s Time to Deregulate the Energy Market (Washington Post)

California Has One in Four US Solar Energy Jobs, Study Says (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

California's green tax breaks in question - San Jose Mercury News, CA

Solar Market Scouts for Cash as Subsidies Fade (Reuters)

Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) to Bring Cable Internet to Rural Areas (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Umatilla Electric puts $15M loan into regional power lines - East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR

115-Year-Old Electric Car Gets Same 40 Miles to the Charge as Chevy Volt (The Daily Caller)

TransAlta preparing to retrofit plant to control haze creating emissions (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

( CENTRALIA ) – Plans are underway to install $10 million worth of new pollution controlling equipment at the TransAlta coal fired steam plant.  The plant is being retrofitted for new gear that reduces the amount of pollution that’s cited for creating haze in national parks and wilderness areas.  The project aims to cut the amount of nitrogen oxide emissions from the Centralia area coal burning plant.  The project is part of the agreement that phases out the local burning of coal.  The new pollution gear is set to be installed for operation by January.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Electric vs. gas lawnmowers: Which is cheaper? (CSMonitor)

SolarWorld reportedly preparing complaint accusing China of unfair solar trade (Oregonian, Portland, OR)

Seattle City Light disputes fallen line cause in natural gas explosion ( Seattle)

Solar projects bring discontent to farmers (Imperial Valley Press, El Centro, CA),0,7369951.story

Can the wind industry survive without federal tax credits? (Grist Online)

How Much Energy Do YOU Use Brewing A Pot Of Coffee And Toasting Bread? (The Energy Collective)

Cowlitz County to start efficiency retrofit on county buildings )Longview Daily News, WA)

US natural gas supplies increased last week - (Associated Press)

Paris Readies Electric Car-Sharing Program (Associated Press)

Help Prevent Future Lewis County Power Bill Sticker Shock (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

(CHEHALIS) – Crisp overnight weather might have you reaching for the thermostat.  A recent rate hike by the Lewis County PUD means you’ll  be dipping further into your wallet later.  There was an 8-percent increase at the first of the month.  There’s also a 5-percent hike looming by next spring.  The local power provider wants you to think conservation to help ease the burden.  The PUD’s Norm Goodbla says one simple step is to unplug all those electronic gadgets when they’re not being used.  Goodbla says DVD players, cordless phones, and other electronics are a growing part of the average household’s energy usage. The PUD links the rate increases to the BPA and a voter approved initiative that requires the local utility to increase the use of green energy.