Energy

Cheaper gas: Bad for climate and safety

March 28, 2020

By Joe Cortright  Gasoline prices will drop 50 cents per gallon in the next week or so, and cheap gas will fuel more bad results: more air pollution, more greenhouse gases and more road deaths Now is the perfect time to put a carbon tax in place Lower gas prices mean more driving, more pollution,…

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Application for 2,717 acre solar facility submitted

March 28, 2020

Bakeoven Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables LLC, submitted an application for site certificate (ASC) to the Oregon Department of Energy to construct and operate the Bakeoven Solar Project. The proposed facility would be a solar photovoltaic energy generation facility with a peak generating capacity of 303 megawatts that would occupy up to 2,717 acres of…

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2020 Gas Outlook • Market Fundamenatals

March 23, 2020

The technological renaissance that unlocked gas and oil from shale has gifted North America with a vast energy resource. (See Figures S1-S4 for current North American shale plays, production growth since 2000 and projected long-term supply through 2040.)  The Pacific Northwest is located adjacent to two prolific producing regions: The Western Canada Sedimentary Basin spanning…

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NOAH finds new liquified natural gas pipeline in Oregon will not jeopardize species.

February 2, 2020

By michael.milstein@noaa.gov at www.noaa.gov/ NOAA Fisheries has issued a final biological opinion on construction and operation of the Jordan Cove terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, and the associated 229-mile long Pacific Connector Liquid Natural Gas pipeline. After conducting a thorough review, NOAA scientists determined that the proposed action does not jeopardize protected species or adversely…

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Energy Saving Solutions + Energy and Production Efficiency = Better Product Quality & Lower Prices.

January 1, 2020

Cook Woods, a Klamath Falls-based, family-owned company mills exotic and domestic woods, and rare hardwoods, into specialty products for use by hobbyists, wood artists and instrument makers. Sustainability drives every part of the business. Having grown up in national parks as the son of a park ranger, founder Christopher Cook seeks to “have a light…

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Jordan Cove Project Welcomes Release of FERC Final Environmental Impact Statement as Positive Step Forward

November 18, 2019

November 18, 2019 – Coos Bay, OR – The Jordan Cove Project welcomes the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the FERC’s review of the Jordan Cove terminal and pipeline. The FEIS is the result of FERC’s comprehensive review process that Jordan Cove began in September 2017, and includes complete, comprehensive environmental,…

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Portland’s Climate Fail: More Driving

October 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright  Carbon emissions from transportation in Portland increased 6 percent last year In the one are where city policy can make the most difference, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing Portland has long prided itself in being one of the first cities in the US to adopt a legislated goal of reducing its greenhouse…

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Navigating a Complex Path to a Secure Energy Future

October 1, 2019

By BEN KUJALA Planning for the 2021 Power Plan Planning for the power system is challenging. As planners, we try to determine how much electricity we will need over the next 20 years by evaluating uncertainty about weather, fuel prices, and changes in technology. As energy technologies, from solar to electric vehicles, have advanced, planning…

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Douglas County PUD to Explore Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Production

October 1, 2019

Pilot project proposes producing hydrogen with surplus hydropower  By Carol Winkel, Northwest Power and Conservation Council Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future for vehicles? The Douglas County Public Utility District, which owns and operates Wells Dam on the Columbia River, is waging it could be an important resource to power clean transportation.  With recent Washington state…

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Springfield Branch Wins Airgas’ National Branch of the Year Award

September 22, 2019

A local gas, welding and safety distributor has earned the National Branch of the Year award from its company, Airgas, an Air Liquide company. Selected among more than 900 Airgas branches across the country, the Springfield, OR branch was selected as one of four national branches of the year, an award in its 15th year celebrating…

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U.S. utility-scale battery storage power capacity to grow substantially by 2023

August 2, 2019

Utility-scale battery storage units (units of one megawatt (MW) or greater power capacity) are a newer electric power resource, and their use has been growing in recent years. Operating utility-scale battery storage power capacity has more than quadrupled from the end of 2014 (214 MW) through March 2019 (899 MW). Assuming currently planned additions are…

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Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that 50 percent of the electricity Oregonians use come from renewable resources by 2040.

August 2, 2019

Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard sets a requirement for how much of the electricity we use must come from renewable resources. “Renewable” means the source of power can be used repeatedly because it is replaced naturally, like wind or the sun.   The original RPS was adopted in 2007, when just 2 percent of Oregon’s electricity needs were met with renewables.…

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