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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Unabridged Energy News Digest for September 27, 2011

Puget Sound Energy – Seattle-Area Home Explosion May Have Been Caused by Downed Power Line (Seattle Times)

Dead trees as biomass energy might lift economy (Grand Junction Sentinel, CO)

On global warming, Oregonians see 'separate realities,' survey finds (Oregonian, Portland)

Bonneville Power Administration Replacing Copper Wire with Less Valuable Substitute to Deter Substation Break-Ins (Bonneville Power Administration)

NV Energy gives Carson City School District $9.7 million rebate (Carson City Nevada News)