Viewpoints: Should U.S. coal stay in the ground?
Date: 06/26/2016 | Commentary
Plastic pollution is a colossal environmental problem, with millions of tons of it dumped into the ocean every year. And while many nations around the world have made an effort to step up their recycling game in recent years, there’s clearly more work to be done: When it comes to plastic water...
Date: 06/19/2016 | Nation & World
NASA is developing an electric plane to accelerate the introduction of zero-emission aircraft that use less energy and cruise at higher speeds than the aircraft of today. If successful, the plane could become a significant first step toward a new era of more efficient and environmentally friendly...
Date: 06/19/2016 | Business Wire
BERLIN — What weighs 77 pounds, goes 50 mph and looks like a Swiss cheese on wheels?An electric motorcycle made from tiny aluminum alloy particles using a 3D printer.
Date: 05/20/2016 | Off the Wire
PRIMM, Nev. — A small fire shut down a generating tower Thursday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said.
Date: 05/20/2016 | Nation & World
Just days after London’s new mayor revealed plans to clamp down on the city’s toxic smog, the Chinese owner of the London Taxi Co. raised $400 million for a project to electrify its fleet of iconic black cabs.
Date: 05/20/2016 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — When turbines start spinning at the first U.S. offshore wind farm near Rhode Island later this year, some energy developers will already be eyeing a bigger prize.
Date: 05/19/2016 | Business Wire
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s comptroller says Best Buy and Nordstrom have agreed to increasingly use renewable energy in their operations and supply chains.
Date: 05/18/2016 | Business Wire
Massachusetts lawmakers are drafting a bill that would jump-start the offshore wind industry in the U.S., helping trigger a $10 billion building spree off the Atlantic coast.The energy bill is expected to require utilities to purchase power from offshore wind farms.
Date: 05/15/2016 | Business
When West Virginians voted in Tuesday's presidential primary, their choices included Donald Trump, who promises to put coal miners back to work, and Hillary Clinton, who promises to put them out of business. It's not hard to see why Trump had a stronger claim on voters' sympathies.
Date: 05/15/2016 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning.
Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World
DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. racked up a big loss in the first quarter because of production problems with its new SUV, but investors cheered the news that it’s on target to meet its delivery goals this year and bring its new, low-cost car to market by 2017.
Date: 05/05/2016 | Business Wire
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.
Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World
New solar legislation, in the Washington Legislature, House Bill 2346, which would have reformed and extended production credits for solar panel installations, was not successful. Recently, the solar...
Date: 04/24/2016 | Commentary
The timing is coincidental but no less appropriate: During National Parks Week and a couple of days before today's observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill that accomplishes more than any previous energy legislation in nearly a decade.
Date: 04/22/2016 | Editorials
So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners...
Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists
HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company's CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles."Definitely going to need to rethink production planning," a...
Date: 04/01/2016 | Business Wire
DETROIT — The promise of an affordable electric car from Tesla Motors had hundreds of people lining up to reserve one.Tesla planned to unveil its Model 3 Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. It doesn't go on sale until late 2017, but potential buyers could...
Date: 03/31/2016 | Business Wire
RICHLAND — Energy Northwest has unexpectedly shut down its nuclear power plant near Richland after operators received an indication that a system used to cool equipment wasn’t working.
Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest
Rooftop solar is casting a $2 billion shadow over power generators across the eastern United States.With more than a million U.S. houses set to have solar panels by the end of next month, grid managers serving the eastern U.S. plan to cut the amount of electricity they buy...
Date: 03/20/2016 | Business Wire
In Washington state, we get enough sun to power our needs 21 times over. Solar power not only provides clean, local energy; it also creates jobs and local economic development — like my job, designing and selling solar systems here in the sate.Solar power is a growing...
Date: 03/19/2016 | Commentary
NEW YORK — Federal officials Wednesday dedicated more than 125 square miles in the waters off the coast of Long Island for the development of commercial wind energy, pushing forward a renewable energy proposal initially created by New York utilities.
Date: 03/16/2016 | Business Wire
Edmonds Lutheran Church has new solar panels on the roof
Date: 03/12/2016 | Local News
WASHINGTON — Statistics just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration suggest that in the coming year, the booming solar sector will add more new electricity-generating capacity than any other — including natural gas and wind.
Date: 03/03/2016 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — Bill and Melinda Gates want young people to get involved in solving major world problems, like finding clean energy sources and changing the division of household and childcare labor between men and women.
Date: 02/22/2016 | Northwest
Washington state's Clean Energy Fund shows that this corner of the nation is committed to developing the energy technologies needed by 21st-century industry. The state Legislature wisely voted last session to renew this critical initiative.But the fund is not without fierce...
Date: 02/07/2016 | Commentary
OUARZAZATE, Morocco — Morocco's King Mohammed VI unveiled one of the world's biggest solar plants Thursday, taking advantage of the Sahara sunshine and a growing global push for renewable energy.The $3.9-billion project in the southern town of Ouarzazate, also known as...
Date: 02/05/2016 | Business Wire
GREIFSWALD, Germany — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.
Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World
It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public's craving to install solar panels and build wind turbines.Well, let's try to reason again. A lot of opposing forces are shaking the old...
Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists
Tesla is gearing up for its biggest-ever unveiling: the Model 3, an affordable electric car that's supposed to take the company from 50,000 vehicle sales last year to 500,000 in 2020. Here's what we know so far.There will...
Date: 01/29/2016 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — A state ethics board has tossed out complaints against several former and current Department of Commerce officials accused of improperly steering a multimillion-dollar grant to a clean-energy project in...
Date: 01/27/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — The Snohomish County PUD is giving a boost to budding young scientists and engineers with grants worth a total of $6,222 to 13 local public schools. The Public Utility District awarded up to $500 to each school to pay for...
Date: 01/27/2016 | Local News
SAN DIEGO — The Navy is launching a carrier strike group to be powered partly by biofuel, calling it a milestone toward easing the military’s reliance on foreign oil.
Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World
EVERETT — Snohomish County Public Utility District is closing the book on its mulitmillion-dollar experiment to draw electricity from ocean tides.The
Date: 01/07/2016 | Local News
RALEIGH, N.C. — The company that lets you compare air fares and translate foreign languages online wants to make it easier to weigh the costs and benefits of installing solar panels on household rooftops.Google is rolling out a new online service that quickly tallies...
Date: 01/04/2016 | Business Wire
Negotiators from more than 190 countries on Saturday approved a far-reaching agreement to slow the emission of greenhouse gases and the advancement of climate change.Regardless of whether the pact is ultimately ratified by those nations, and what it will spell out in the...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Editorials
It had been about a month since chemical explosions blasted and burned through the port of Tianjin, killing 173. Pictures of rescue workers in hazmat suits became some of the signature images of the disaster. And despite incredible censorship, it was clear to most that unsafe chemical storage —...
Date: 12/05/2015 | Nation & World
As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world's biggest economy gets left behind.President Obama is trying his best to ensure...
Date: 12/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Siudzinski travels around town just fine in his six electric vehicles. He can get by with a 15-minute charge on a round trip from his home to the San Francisco airport, or a breakfast break and a longer top-off on a drive to Monterey, about 50 miles south.
Date: 11/28/2015 | Business Wire
LOS ANGELES — An auto industry magazine has named the 2016 Chevrolet Volt its “Green Car of the Year.”The hybrid gas-electric Volt was honored Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Business Wire
EVERETT — A Snohomish County PUD whistleblower says he has been harassed and endured retaliation at the utility district since bringing attention to a series of no-bid contracts given to a former district employee.The...
Date: 11/16/2015 | Local News
ALBANY, Mo. — One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material and let it bake until gas from the manure rises. Then, use special equipment to clean the gas of its impurities and ship the finished product...
Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — An experimental project that spurred a whistleblower complaint at the Snohomish PUD is running and churning out data for more research and development work.The PUD hopes the project can help the utility drive down the cost of its power grid and make greater...
Date: 11/12/2015 | Local News
A group of researchers just put a price-tag on poop: extracting biogas from the world's annual human waste output could be worth the equivalent of up to $9.5 billion in natural gas, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment...
Date: 11/03/2015 | Off the Wire
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Ilam Mougy wanted to green up his condominium with solar power.
Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire
EVERETT — The former head of the Snohomish County PUD has requested several hundred emails, expense reports and other public records related to a whistleblower working at the utility.
Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News
Couple exploring country after creating fully sustainable vehicles
Date: 09/05/2015 | Local News
The Republican talking point on climate change is evolving, thankfully, from "I'm not a scientist" to "Let's solve it through innovation." That's good news for the nation and generations of Americans to come. After all, the first step to solving a problem is to...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary
EVERETT — Solar energy is booming in Snohomish County.The Snohomish County Public Utility District says solar energy capacity has increased by 70 percent in the past year.
Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News
Audi plans to challenge Telsa’s dominance of the luxury electric vehicle market when it introduces a sport-utility vehicle at the Frankfurt, Germany, auto show next month.
Date: 08/20/2015 | Business Wire
Utility and power grid managers in the United States are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs.The nation's largest grid, serving more than 61 million customers from Washington to Chicago, is...
Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire
Along with being great Scrabble words, rare earth elements — with names like europium. promethium and scandium — are key components in our cellphones and other consumer electronics as...
Date: 08/12/2015 | Editorials
Time to drop this "war on coal" talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama's beefed-up plan to combat global warming.No, the Clean Power Plan will not ruin their local economies, because coal has already done that,...
Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — State officials and utilities say Oregon is in good shape to meet the lower carbon emissions goals for power plants set by President Obama’s new plan for combating climate change.
Date: 08/03/2015 | Northwest
The odds that Congress will reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it is scheduled to expire Sept. 30 improved...
Date: 07/28/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — A hydroelectric systems company near Bellingham says the Snohomish County Public Utility District improperly skewed its bid to build two turbines, which tipped the contract to a British competitor.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News
Viewpoints: Can technology cut airliners' carbon emissions?
Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary