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Alternative Energy

Coal's role in our future

Viewpoints: Should U.S. coal stay in the ground?

Date: 06/26/2016 | Commentary

How to fix plastic pollution: Turn it into fuel

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 electric plane could spur cleaner aviation

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

Airbus unveils 3D-printed electric motorcycle

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

Mirrors blamed for fire at world’s largest solar plant

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

London black cabs raise $400 million to electrify taxi fleets

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

New California Gold Rush beckons wind developers off coast

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

NY comptroller: Best Buy, Nordstrom to pursue renewables

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

State’s law could supercharge offshore wind farms

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

Let coal die, but help coal workers

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

GOP states benefit from shift to wind, solar energy

WASHINGTON — If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World

Tesla Motors loss widens on Model X woes

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

Solar-plane pilots say cross-ocean trip also was a test of human endurance

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

Shine light on why solar tax credit bill died

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

Senate energy bill powered by compromise

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

Clean energy advances validate U.S. investment

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

Tesla gets 198,000 orders for new Model 3

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

Presales begin for Tesla’s affordable Model 3

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

Nuclear power plant near Richland unexpectedly shut down

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

Utilities lose $2 billion as U.S. roofs go solar

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

Lawmakers should extend incentives for residential solar

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

125 square miles off New York dedicated for wind power

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

Sun-powered sanctuary

Edmonds Lutheran Church has new solar panels on the roof

Date: 03/12/2016 | Local News

Solar energy poised for an unforgettable year

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

Bill Gates: Young people needed to help solve energy problem

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

Politics behind attacks on state's Clean Energy Fund

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

Morocco unveils huge new solar plant

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

Scientists switch on nuclear fusion experiment

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

Cheap oil isn’t reversing gains of clean energy

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

What to know about Tesla’s secret Model 3

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

Ethics complaints related to PUD clean-energy project dismissed

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

Snohomish County PUD grants boost young engineers, scientists

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

Navy to launch carrier group powered by biofuels

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

PUD officially pulls the plug on tidal-energy project

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

Google helps analyze if rooftop solar panels are good deal

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

Paris talks and local efforts

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

China, with awful safety record, plans 110 nuclear plants

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

Heed boarding call for clean energy train

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

Other cars block electric charging stations

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

Chevrolet Volt wins ‘Green Car of the Year’

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

Claim filed for PUD worker who says he was retaliated against

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

Manure from millions of hogs fuels natural gas project

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

PUD's experimental energy storage system is missing crucial software

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

Human poop could yield up to $9.5 billion

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

Solar panels get cool reception from homeowners associations

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Ilam Mougy wanted to green up his condominium with solar power.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire

Ex-PUD CEO seeks records from whistleblower incident

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

Have vegetable oil, will travel

Couple exploring country after creating fully sustainable vehicles

Date: 09/05/2015 | Local News

A climate solution GOP can advance

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

Incentives draw PUD customers to solar power

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 challenges Tesla’s Model X with luxury electric SUV

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

LED lightbulb savings outshine solar and wind power

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

Making the most of a 'rare earth' opportunity

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

Coal isn’t the energy source for 21st century

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

Oregon confident of meeting president’s carbon goals

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

A bill for parks and much more

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

Bidder cries foul on PUD turbine contract

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

Flying climate-friendly skies

Viewpoints: Can technology cut airliners' carbon emissions?

Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary

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