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
NEW YORK — Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over the long run, according to the surprising conclusion of
Date: 06/24/2015 | Business Wire
The justifications for taking real and effective steps to slow climate change and limit the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere continue to mount.Recent studies and events now add to the warnings and recommendations about the threat to our...
Date: 06/24/2015 | Editorials
STOCKHOLM — The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World
Deserved or not, government agencies and officials aren't always afforded a high degree of trust by the public, which is why it's important that they avoid the mere appearance of any conflict of interest.Tuesday's release of
Date: 06/04/2015 | Editorials
BEIJING — It took longer than expected to find the right weather, but a Swiss pilot is now airborne attempting something never attempted before — flying a plane across the Pacific with no fuel, only solar power.
Date: 05/30/2015 | Business Wire
PENDLETON, Ore. — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is asking officials to update Air Force radar in Fossil because the current system is outdated and preventing the generation of nearly 4,000 megawatts of wind energy across eastern Oregon and Washington.
Date: 05/29/2015 | Northwest
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University is pulling its institutional support for an on-board solar panel vehicle program that they say is losing industry interest.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Officials of the state Department of Commerce answered questions Thursday from state Senate committee members concerned about how public money was used in a clean-energy project that’s the subject of an ethics...
Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News
Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean."Climate change can no longer be denied ... and action can no...
Date: 05/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists
It's a good thing we have whistle-blowers. Without them, without their courage to speak up, the public can be left with decisions and situations that range from questionable to out-right damaging and dangerous.One celebrated whistleblower was Charles Hamel, who moved to...
Date: 05/08/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — A new $3.8 million contract for a clean-energy project is on hold because of the ethics investigation at the Snohomish County Public Utility District.The PUD's commissioners decided...
Date: 05/06/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Public Utility District’s board of commissioners has hired an independent investigator to look into allegations that the utility improperly awarded contracts worth millions of dollars to a clean-energy consultant.
Date: 05/03/2015 | Local News
When he introduced in November the report of a 21-member citizens panel recommending strategies for reducing carbon pollution, Gov. Jay Inslee expressed hope...
Date: 04/22/2015 | Editorials
BERLIN — Green energy is going to war.Starting in June, defense companies including Thales and Multicon Solar will join NATO to test the military's ability to use renewable power in combat.About 1,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization soldiers will spend...
Date: 04/12/2015 | Nation & World
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — President Barack Obama sought to gain support for his economic agenda in this heavily Republican state Friday as he launched a new initiative to expand the nation’s solar industry workforce.
Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World
PULLMAN — If Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories’ manufacturing plant loses power during an outage, the company can turn to huge batteries on its campus for electricity.The batteries could supply enough power to run most of the factory’s operations for about three hours.
Date: 04/03/2015 | Northwest
BEND, Ore. (AP) [--] State regulators say plans for a big wind farm in north-central Oregon have been scrapped.
Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest
On the average sunny day, Germany’s huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.
Date: 03/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists
YANGON, Myanmar — A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the latest leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy.Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2's arrival at the Mandalay International Airport for...
Date: 03/20/2015 | Nation & World
Republican-backed legislation in the Senate meant to require the state's utilities to reduce carbon emissions is worthy of praise. It's just too bad those backing the legislation couldn't show more confidence in why they proposed it in the first place.
Date: 03/12/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — A bill that would give large electric utilities an alternative way to comply with a state law requiring more energy from renewable sources passed the Washington Senate on Monday night after a protracted fight over whether climate change is real and if humans contribute to it.
Date: 03/09/2015 | Northwest
GOLDENDALE — A small utility plans a $2.5 billion water reservoir system near Goldendale as a way to store energy generated by Columbia River Gorge wind farms.
Date: 02/17/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state’s utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal.
Date: 02/14/2015 | Northwest
Following the lead of California and directed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the state Department of Ecology is slowly moving forward with a proposed rule that would require a reduction in the carbon emissions resulting from...
Date: 02/06/2015 | Editorials
SEATTLE — Washington state is inching toward a requirement to reduce carbon pollution from fuels for cars and trucks with a proposal released Wednesday.
Date: 02/05/2015 | Northwest
IRVINE, Calif. — Southern California officials have broken ground on a project that will power nearly 20,000 homes with electricity generated from methane produced by rotting garbage.
Date: 01/23/2015 | Business Wire
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A glitch-prone treatment facility in eastern Idaho has successfully completed a major test in which radioactive liquid waste was converted to solid form, federal officials say.
Date: 01/20/2015 | Northwest
Car nerds, you just got an extra present under the tree.Elon Musk has confirmed an upgrade for the Tesla Roadster, the electric car company's convertible model, and says that the new features significantly boost its range -- beyond what many traditional cars can get on a...
Date: 12/26/2014 | Business Wire
For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science.But now these industries are floating an intriguing new argument: They're admitting that human use of coal, oil and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere...
Date: 12/18/2014 | Opinion Columnists
As part of a broader package of proposals to be announced soon to address climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee wants to extend a sales tax break for those who purchase electric cars and open up car-pool lanes to the vehicles when they're driven solo.The intent is to encourage the...
Date: 12/01/2014 | Editorials
It's been suggested that the forecast for Gov. Jay Inslee's climate agenda became cloudier once the Nov. 4 election results showed our Majority Coalition Caucus will continue to lead the state Senate for the remainder of Inslee's term.Given how the governor seems willing to...
Date: 11/30/2014 | Commentary
SPOKANE — Solar energy intrigued Landy Comstock, but he wasn’t ready to fork out $30,000 to install solar panels on the roof of his home in Valleyford.Instead, he bought into a community solar project sponsored by his utility, Inland Power and Light Co.
Date: 11/25/2014 | Northwest
Groups call for closure of nuke plantRICHLAND— Two Seattle-based groups are calling for the closure of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant.
Date: 11/20/2014 | Northwest
CAMANO ISLAND — The Snohomish County Public Utility District’s newest Planet Power solar project, and the first on the island, is being installed this week at the Camano Center.
Date: 11/07/2014 | Local News
The guest commentary, "Feds should pitch in on PUD-tidal project," in the Oct. 23 Herald, raises questions about decisions made by elected Snohomish Public Utility District commissioners and senior...
Date: 11/05/2014 | Commentary
We in Washington state are blessed that much of our electricity is generated by hydroelectric dams.Hydropower is not without its own environmental costs, but it does not emit the greenhouse gases that fuel climate change.Because of the dams, we can claim we're...
Date: 11/03/2014 | Editorials
If ever there was a time for President Obama to intervene in renewable energy, it is now.The Snohomish County Public Utility District has been one of the most responsible, innovative leaders in this field, constantly trying to move the needle in ways that make sense for its...
Date: 10/23/2014 | Commentary
Bruce King has been ringing doorbells to introduce himself as the candidate who is challenging longtime Snohomish County PUD Commissioner Dave Aldrich in the Nov. 4 election.Often, King said, he has had to explain what the PUD is and what its three commissioners do —...
Date: 10/19/2014 | Local News
CHICAGO — Lockheed Martin Corp.’s secretive Skunk Works unit, which designed the U-2 spy plane and F-117 stealth fighter jet, is developing a reactor to harness nuclear fusion, the process that powers the sun.
Date: 10/16/2014 | Nation & World
The races every two years among those seeking a spot on the Snohomish Public Utility District's board of commissioners ought to earn just as much attention from voters as campaigns for city council, county executive or the Legislature. The Snohomish...
Date: 10/16/2014 | Editorials
A boat, the weekend sailor's gripe goes, is a hole in the water you fill with money.You might be tempted now to swap out "boat" for "tidal energy turbine."Earlier this month, the Snohomish
Date: 10/13/2014 | Editorials
EVERETT — Confusion about a funding agreement contributed to the sudden end of an eight-year, multimillion-dollar tidal energy project near Whidbey Island.The...
Date: 10/03/2014 | Local News
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be...
Date: 09/25/2014 | Business
Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it plans to buy some biofuels made from waste wood, for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years.
Date: 09/25/2014 | Business
PORT ANGELES — The Nippon Paper Industries mill at Port Angeles expects to have a stalled wood-waste boiler operating by November.The biomass co-generation plant will produce steam for the mill and electricity for sale to buyers of green energy.
Date: 09/23/2014 | Northwest
Robert Bryce, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, suggests that fossil fuels are here to stay (The Herald, Viewpoints, Sept. 7)...
Date: 09/21/2014 | Commentary
SEQUIM, Wash. — The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is equipping two 10-ton buoys at its Marine Science Lab in Sequim to help research offshore wind power.
Date: 09/12/2014 | Northwest
Viewpoints: Solar energy’s gains can't match fossil fuel use
Date: 09/07/2014 | Commentary
IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif.— Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair
Date: 08/18/2014 | Off the Wire
Economist, illustrator team to explain global warming
Date: 08/17/2014 | Commentary