Energy in the News

Oregon’s biggest solar project, for Apple, nears completion
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, September 21, 2017

The New Economy of Excrement
Chelsea Wald in Scientific American, September 13, 2017

These New Solar Cells Are Modeled After a Fly’s Eye
Molly A. Seltzer in Smithsonian Magazine, September 18, 2017

NW Natural applies to lower gas rates
The Daily Astorian, September 15, 2017

Major Companies Set Carbon-Slashing Goals
Benjamin Hulac in Scientific American, September 18, 2017

Hood River County holds Energy Plan meetings
Hood River News, September 15, 2017

Company maps energy plan for Idaho, Oregon
The Associated Press in The Register Guard, September 17, 2017

Electric Cars May Rule the World’s Roads by 2040
Stephen Leahy in National Geographic, September 13, 2017

Solar farm north of Bend to provide green energy
Jacob Larsen in KTVZ.com, September 14, 2017

Solar panel product follows sun through sky
Caitlin Fowlkes in the Astoria Daily Tidings, September 14, 2017

EPA long-term plans to manage Hanford office in limbo
Annette Cary in the Tri-City Herald, September 12, 2017

The Way We Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever
Tom Randall in Bloomberg, September 13, 2017

How California could remake the Western grid
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, September 13, 2017

Apple Inc.’s massive Oregon wind farm breaks ground
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, September 14, 2017

DOE gets another pass on estimating Hanford cleanup costs
Annette Cary in the Tri-City Herald, September 12, 2017

DOE expands SunShot program after hitting original cost goal 3 years early
Krysti Shellenberger in Utility Dive, September 13, 2017

Electric car dream collides with reality on profits
Peter Campbell and Patrick McGee in the Portland Business Journal, September 15, 2017

Are The Car-Sharing and EV Revolutions Leaving Poor People Behind?
Cassandra Profita in OPB, September 15, 2017

Gorge gets challenged to ‘Drive Less’
Patrick Mulvihill in Hood River News, September 12, 2017

Hubbard hazelnut company goes green with solar
Woodburn Independent, September 13, 2017

Why Are Storage Firms Selling Their Project Portfolios?
Jason Deign in Greentech Media, September 11, 2017

Residential solar installations stay strong in Oregon, on pace for record year
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, September 11, 2017

Richland nuclear plant running again after 13 days offline
Annette Cary & Sara Schilling in the Tri-City Herald, September 3, 2017

Scientists Harnessing Power From Hawaii’s Waves
PBS Newshour, September 3, 2017

Oregon hazelnut company celebrates shift to solar power
AP in the Register-Guard, September 2, 2017

NW Hazelnut Company cuts ribbon on first all-solar processing plant in Hubbard
Cooper Green in the Statesman Journal, September 1, 2017

Workshop to drill down on Newberry’s energy potential
Stephen Hamway in The Bulletin, September 1, 2017

Solarize Milwaukie contracts solely with Sunlight Solar Energy
The Clackamas Review, September 2, 2017

Making Communities of Color Part of Ore’s Clean-Energy Future
Public News Service, September 2, 2017

Insurers and energy companies count the cost of Harvey
Portland Business Journal, August 28, 2017

City violating geothermal ordinance; looks at options
Holly Dillemuth in the Herald & News, August 23, 2017

Portland agrees to sell hydroelectric power to PGE for undisclosed amount
Jessica Floum in The Oregonian, August 30, 2017

New path sought for high-voltage transmission lines in Idaho
Keith Ridler in the Idaho Press-Tribune, August 28, 2017

Oregon regulators may deflate PacifiCorp’s $3.5B renewables plan
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, August 31, 2017

Carbon calculus: more states are adding carbon costs to utility planning guidelines
Herman K. Trabish in Utility Dive, August 31, 2017

What to watch in the wake of the DOE grid study
Robert Walton in Utility Dive, August 28, 2017

Citizens speak out against project
Cherise Kaechele in The Observer, August 25, 2017

Wyoming embraces wind energy, and the jobs that come with it
Barry Petersen in CBS, August 4, 2017

Citizens speak out against project
Cherise Kaechele in The Observer, August 25, 2017

Updated: Richland nuclear plant shut down over valve problem
Wendy Culverwell in the Tri-City Herald, August 22, 2017

DOE releases highly anticipated grid study, faults natural gas for baseload retirements
Krysti Shallenberger in Utility Dive, August 23, 2017

Solar-Plus-Storage Poised to Beat Standalone PV Economics by 2020
Julian Spector in Greentech Media, August 22, 2017

Corvallis Airport Now Run By Solar Power
Rachael McDonald on KLCC, August 24, 2017

Planning pays off for eclipse rush
George Plaven in the East Oregonian, August 22, 2017

Behind PGE and PacifiCorp’s EV programs
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, August 24, 2017

Powerful opponent emerges to fight PGE’s EV plan
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, August 24, 2017

Power sector’s response to solar eclipse highlights need for flexible resources
Robert Walton in Utility Dive, August 24, 2017

NREL: Solar-plus-storage could be competitive by 2020
Peter Maloney in Utility Dive, August 24, 2017

Eclipse 2017: Did Oregon really welcome 1 million visitors?
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian, August 22, 2017

Oregon shines after eclipse
The Oregonian Editorial Board

Eclipse drives Oregon gas prices to highest jump in nation
Joseph Ditzler in The Bulletin, August 22, 2017

Eclipse Not A Problem For NW Solar Power Distribution
Courtney Flatt in OPB, August 21, 2017

States Work To Help Marijuana Industry Reduce Power Costs
Grace Hood in NPR, August 21, 2017

Eclipse watch: Updates on travel, fuel, fire and more
Pamplin Media Group, August 20, 2017

Solar energy generation in Oregon rises markedly
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, April 18, 2017

Officials say there’s enough fuel to go around
NBC on August 18, 2017

Gas prices creep up, local stations busy as eclipse approaches
Ian Campbell in The News-Review, August 18, 2017

12-hour drives to Portland? Earthquakes? Water shortages? Busting Oregon eclipse rumors
Whitney M. Woodworth in Statesman Journal, August 18, 2017

Early solar eclipse arrivals clog roads, gas stations in Central Oregon
Eder Campuzano in The Oregonian, August 16, 2017

Gas shortages, long waits reported at Central Oregon stations
Nate Hanson in KGW, August 17, 2017

Oregon’s eclipse blues: motorists hit mid-valley gas stations; heavy traffic plagues state
Gillian Flaccus in the Democrat-Herald, August 17, 2017

Long lines, dry pumps and high gas prices in Central Oregon
Joseph Ditzler in The Bulletin, August 17, 2017

Eclipse Chasers Are Descending on Oregon
Kate Massinger in Slate, August 15, 2017

Heavy eclipse traffic expected today throughout Central Oregon
KGW News, August 18, 2017

U.S. cities are starting to expand transportation options for low-income residents
Shruti Vaidyanathan in ACEEE, August 10, 2017

Energy Northwest barred from shipping nuclear waste after mislabeled shipment
Wendy Culverwell in the Tri-City Herald, August 11, 2017

19 years later, DOE close to emptying radioactive waste from first tank farm
Annette Cary in the Tri-City Herald, August 10, 2017

Next step at Newberry may be one of world’s hottest wells
KTVZ.com on August 10, 2017

Cold Food, Hot Air
John Fialka in Scientific American, August 18, 2017

Total U.S. energy expenditures in 2015 were the lowest in more than a decade
U.S. Energy Information Administration, August 10, 2017

United States expected to become a net exporter of natural gas this year
U.S. Energy Information Administration, August 9, 2017

TriMet’s electric buses will debut in Beaverton
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, August 10, 2017

Next step at Newberry may be one of world’s hottest wells
KTVZ.com on August 10, 2017

This Summer’s Eclipse Will Sap Solar Panels of Enough Energy to Power Seven Million Homes
Tim Nelson in Architectural Digest, August 9, 2017

Burning greater Portland’s trash for energy ruled out for now
Toby Van Fleet in Metro News, August 9, 2017

Solar Power Does What? 4 Unusual Uses of Photovoltaic Technology
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, August 9, 2017

EIA: Solar eclipse will impact almost 2,000 utility-scale solar plants
Robert Walton in Utility Dive, August 9, 2017

Regulators deny gas plant expansion
George Plaven in The Oregonian, August 8, 2017

Sage grouse conservation changes draw mix of praise, alarm
Associated Press in The Oregonian, August 8, 2017

US solar energy grid braces for solar eclipse event
Andrew Craft in Fox News, August 8, 2017

No panic necessary: Eclipse won’t dramatically affect grid stability
Christin Roselund in PV Magazine, August 8, 2017

Radioactive chemicals detected in air at Hanford nuclear site
The Associated Press in The Register-Guard, August 9, 2017

Solar farm near Estacada wins approval
Peter Wong in the Portland Tribune, August 7, 2017

Feds to shift approach on sage grouse
Stephen Hamway in The Bulletin, August 7, 2017

Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country
U.S. Energy Information Administration, August 7, 2017

Portland, Multnomah County back big PGE renewable energy buy
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, August 7, 2017

Portland heat wave: Metro area sets summer energy use record
Samantha Matsumoto in The Oregonian, August 5, 2017

What a West Coast Gas Terminal Could Mean for the Rockies
Dan Boyce in Inside Energy, August 4, 2017

PGE Customers Broke Records in Portland Heat Wave, Using Enough Energy on Air Conditioning to Power Nearly Four Cities the Size of Seattle
Sophia June in Willamette Week, August 5, 2017

Region’s AC, fans set records for power use as heat scorched valley
Portland Tribune, August 4, 2017

Death of a nuke build: Summer abandonment leaves ratepayers holding the bag
Peter Maloney in Utility Dive, August 4, 2017

Jacobs agrees to buy CH2M, including Hanford contract
Annette Cary in the Tri-City Herald, August 2, 2017

Richland Nuclear Plant under ‘no touch’ order during heat wave
Annette Cary in the Tri-City Herald, August 2, 2017

Walden tours Oregon Tech energy resources
Holly Dillemuth in Herald & News, August 2, 2017

Natural gas-fired electricity generation so far this summer is below last year’s level
U.S. Energy Information Administration, July 27, 2017

Eclipse plea from regulators: Stay in the dark
David R. Baker in SF Gate, July 23, 2017

PGE’s Piro set to retire, company taps familiar name to replace him
Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal, July 28, 2017

Solar ‘pioneer’: Renewable energy project coming to HR public works
Patrick Mulvihill in Hood River News, July 28, 2017

Oregon’s controversial Clean Fuels Program revs its engine
Pete Danko in the Portland Tribune, July 26, 2017

Energy storage group outlines ways for states to promote the technology
Pete Maloney in Utility Dive, July 25, 2017

Metro may trash plan to burn garbage rather than bury it
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune, July 25, 2017

Future fuels: City of Portland contracts with LBCC to convert vehicles to natural gas
Jennifer Moody in the Democrat-Herald, July 21, 2017

How the Clean Fuels Program could pay off for electric-vehicle owners
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, July 24, 2017

Gas plant makers embrace batteries with hybrid machines
Peter Maloney in Utility Dive, July 25, 2017

Northwest utility Avista sold to Canadian company for $5.3 billion
Mike Rosenberg in the Seattle Times, July 19, 2017

Pacific Power seeking applications for renewable energy projects through Blue Sky program
Debra Flax in the Daily Energy Insider, July 19, 2017

More electric car charging stations could come to Roseburg
Emily Hoard in the News-Review, July 19, 2017

Umatilla council approves annexation and rezone for Amazon
East Oregonian, July 20, 2017

DOE outlines options for second Hanford waste tunnel
Annette Cary in the Tri-City Herald, July 20, 2017

DOE geothermal project aims to expand technology’s reach
Robert Walton in Utility Dive, July 21, 2017

Port’s expansion proposal would plant industry on ag land
Eric Mortenson in Capital Press, July 19, 2017

Electric Vehicle showcase opens in downtown Portland
Jeff Zurschmeide in Portland Tribune, July 23, 2017

Yucca Mountain: High stakes and high hurdles
Peter Maloney in UtilityDive, July 21, 2017

Oregon solar dustup: Green acres vs. green energy
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, July 19, 2017

Bend landfill can now burn 3 times the methane
Scott Hammers in the Bend Bulletin, July 20, 2017

From Food to Fuel
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune, July 18, 2017

More electric car charging stations could come to Roseburg
Emily Hoard in The News-Review, July 19, 2017

NextEra acquires rights to build 500-MW wind farm in Oregon – report
Renewables Now, July 19, 2017

Apple’s Oregon wind farm cleared for super-sized turbines
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, July 18, 2017

New Metro Rule Could Turn Food Scraps Into Renewable Energy
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune, July 18, 2017

How Giant Batteries Can Help Reduce Emissions
Jen Fifield in Huffington Post, July 17, 2017

The western U.S. sub-hourly wholesale electricity market is expanding
U.S. Energy Information Administration, July 14, 2017

Why Gov. Kate Brown will tackle a climate bill in 2018
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, July 14, 2017

GEO trail gives walkers an energy boost
Lee Juillerat in Herald & News, July 14, 2017

Overall Residential Electric Utility Customer Satisfaction Increases for Sixth Consecutive Year, J.D. Power Finds
J.D. Power, July 12, 2017

PGE and PacifiCorp face big headwinds on resource plans
Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian, July 16, 2017

Bloomberg: August eclipse could hurt 9,000 MW of solar output
Peter Maloney in Utility Dive, July 18, 2017

This long-shot climate policy now has a shot in Oregon
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, July 12, 2017

Wind farm changing hands
George Plaven in the East Oregonian, July 17, 2017

OSU’s record $121 million grant to build new research vessel
KTVZ.com on July 13, 2017

NAACP Seeks Changes in Oregon’s Green Energy Sector
Melanie Sevcenko in The Skanner, July 13, 2017

Portland on track to pay $8 million for hydroelectric plant operations with risk of losses
Jessica Floum in The Oregonian, July 13, 2017

One Electrician’s Work Makes a Big Difference at a Hospital for Refugees
Christina Nunez in National Geographic, July 14, 2017

Electric Avenue: Energy-Harvesting Tiles Line London ‘Smart Street’
Mindy Weisberger in LiveScience, July 17, 2017

Plan Ahead For Heavy Traffic In August
Lukas Eggen in the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, July 11, 2017

Seafloor survey done from potential offshore renewable energy projects
Saphara Harrell in The World, July 11, 2017

Looking for Hanford’s radioactive hot spots from the air
Annette Cary in the Tri-City Herald, July 11, 2017

Back from the brink: Cash infusion will keep SolarWorld’s Hillsboro plant alive
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, July 12, 2017

How Oregon got an electric-car rebate and what it means
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, July 10, 2017

State waives Hanford fine in return for waste storage improvements
Annette Cary in the Tri-City Herald, July 7, 2017

EIA: Renewable generation beats nuclear for two consecutive months
Robert Walton in Utility Dive, July 7, 2017

Electric vehicle incentives included in transportation package
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, July 7, 2017

The World’s First Power Plant To Combine Hydro And Solar Opens In Portugal
Alexander C. Kaufman in Huffpost, July 7, 3027

Surveying sea floor animals for offshore renewable energy
Phys.org on July 7, 2017

2nd tunnel at Hanford at high risk for collapse
Nicholas Geranios in The Register-Guard, July 1, 2017

PacifiCorp Looks To Expand Wind Energy As Coal Plants Retire
Cassandra Profita in OPB, June 29, 2017

FERC employs new comment format at scope session
Spencer Cole in The World, June 28, 2017

How The Hanford Tunnel Failed
Anna King and MacGregor Campbell in OPB, June 27, 2017

China Just Ran an Entire Region on 100% Renewable Energy for 7 Days
Carly Cassella in Science Alert, June 27, 2017

Turning Urine Into Electricity Can Also Kill Pathogens in Wastewater
Signe Dean in Science Alert, June 20, 2017

Biotech veteran engineers algae breakthrough for biofuel
Jennifer A. Dlouhy in The Seattle Times, June 24, 2017

PGE embraces public in push for new renewables
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, June 23, 2017

Oregon’s wave-funding tsunami
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, June 22, 2017

Grant-winning Portland State researcher looks to overcome skepticism – his own – on ocean energy
Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal, June 22, 2017

USGS survey analyzes earthquake hazards, geothermal resources
George Plaven in the East Oregonian, June 19, 2017

BNEF: More than 70% of global power investment will target renewables
Robert Walton in Utility Dive, June 16, 2017

AquaHarmonics snares $5M to scale up prize-winning wave energy device
Pete Danko, June 16, 2017

Burning trash for electricity? No problem, report says
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune, June 13, 2017

Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time
U.S. Energy Information Administration, June 14, 2017

Energy Department official says more Hanford nuke mishaps likely
Associated Press in The Oregonian, June 15, 2017

Pour to Recharge Your Electric Vehicle
Emily Matchar in Smithsonian, June 14, 2017

The Electric, Driverless Revolution is About to Hit the High Seas
Jess Shankleman in Bloomberg, June 12, 2017

The results are in: here are the most energy-efficient utilities in the US
Grace Relf in ACEEE, June 13, 2017

Apple Issues a Second Green Bond to Finance Clean Energy
Alex Webb in Bloomberg, June 13, 2017

Household savings: LED bulbs gaining in cost efficiency
Kellie Ell, USA Today, June 9, 2017

Columbia River Methanol Plant Gets Approval On Two Washington Permits
Tony Schick in OPB, June 8, 2017

Report: Utility-scale solar prices drop below $1/watt for first time
Robert Walton in Utility Dive, June 12, 2017

Biggest Job Growth Expected in Health Care & Renewable Energy
Laurie Meisler in Bloomberg, June 8, 2017

Does Nuclear Energy Have a Future in the United States
Brian Isom and William F. Shughart II, June 12, 2017

Utility-Scale Energy Storage Surges in Q1, While Behind-the-Meter Falters
Julian Spector in Greentech Media, June 12, 2017

Elon Musk: All Superchargers Are Being Converted to Battery and Solar Power
Karla Lant in Futurism, June 12, 2017

Wine country a bright spot for solar
Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune, June 6, 2017

State issues project order for Boardman Solar Energy Facility
George Plaven in The East Oregonian, June 6, 2017

EIA: Power sector coal consumption drops to lowest point since 1984
Robert Walton in Utility Dive, June 5, 2017

The Biggest, Strangest ‘Batteries’
Diane Cardwell and Andrew Roberts in The New York Times, June 3, 2017

Predictions About Global Energy Efficiency Since the 1980s Have Been Wildly Conservative
Stephen Lacey in Green Tech Media, May 30, 2017

After 75 years, Grand Coulee Dam is still a powerful manmade wonder
Jamie Hale in The Oregonian, June 1, 2017

Portland Wants All Renewable Energy By 2050
Laura Klinkner in OPB, June 1, 2017

Clean Fuels Program pumps up demand, jobs at biodiesel maker
Mara Stine in the Portland Tribune, June 6, 2017

Waste plant ‘shining example’ of sustainability
Christopher Keizur in Outlook, June 1, 2017

Oregon Will Join Climate Change Coalition To Meet Paris Goals
Jeff Mapes on OPB, June 2, 2017