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Oregon Regulators Approve ‘Super-Sized’ Wind Turbines

Portland Business Journal: Regulators have cleared Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest. Project developer Avangrid Renewables said it hasn’t made a final decision on the machines it will use at the Montague Wind Power Facility, but regulators last week granted a site-certificate amendment that allows […]

July 21, 2017 Read More →

Op-Ed: A Road to Nowhere

Seattle Times: The reality is that the economic prospects for West Coast coal exports have collapsed. China’s demand for coal, which once seemed limitless, has been falling for three consecutive years. India’s coal imports fell last year and are projected to drop even further as the country increasingly taps domestic coal reserves to fuel its […]

April 26, 2017 Read More →

State Report Encourages Enactment of a Cap-and-Trade Program in Oregon

Peter Danko for Portland Business Journal: Depending on exactly how it is designed, a program in Oregon could place new emissions restrictions on around 100 big carbon emitters in Oregon — several Metro area tech companies, including Intel, among them. But the effects on statewide economic output would likely be small, coming in at “slightly […]

February 15, 2017 Read More →

Company Drops Plans for Coal-Export Dock in Oregon

From the Associated Press: An energy company has scrapped plans to build a coal dock on the Columbia River in eastern Oregon. The East Oregonian reports that the proposed Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman would have shipped 8 million tons of coal down the river each year for export to […]

November 14, 2016 Read More →

Both Promoters and Opponents Sense a Pulse in Dormant Gateway Pacific Coal-Export Project

Christopher Coats for SNL: Months after federal and Washington state officials effectively halted progress on the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal, project backers have moved to ensure that they can return to the project at a later date, while opponents are moving to halt it completely with an expansion of state protection. The proposed […]

September 20, 2016 Read More →
Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →

Solar Glut in California Highlights Demand for a More Integrated Regional Grid

Lauren Sommer and Stephanie Joyce: In California, there is so much solar energy that grid operators have to switch off solar farms. One solution of dealing with the additional power generated is to share the renewable wealth across state borders. Right now, California’s grid runs mostly on its own, like an island. But if there […]

June 7, 2016 Read More →

Op-Ed: Oregon Leads Way in U.S. Energy Transition

Mike Riley and Susan Brody for the Bend (Ore.) Bulletin: Oregon leads the way in more than beer, sneakers, and computer chips. We have long been out in front on key environmental issues. We are justly proud of our public beaches and of our recycling and land use planning innovations that have been emulated across […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

Oregon Enacts Coal-Generation Phase-Out

Kristena Hansen for the Seattle Times: With the stroke of Gov. Kate Brown’s signature Friday, Oregon became the first state to eradicate coal from its power supply through legislation and now boasts some of the most stringent demands for renewable energy among its state peers. The new law will wipe out coal-generated energy in phases […]

March 14, 2016 Read More →

Oregon Lawmakers Agree to 50% Renewables, Phase-out of Coal

Jeff Stanfield for SNL: The Oregon Senate on March 2 passed a measure that requires the state’s two major investor-owned utilities to quit selling electricity from all but one coal-fired generating plant by 2030 and obtain 50% of power sold to retail customers from renewable energy by 2040. Senate Bill 1547 B passed the Senate […]

March 4, 2016 Read More →