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  • Dean Rudolf: Federal policy stymies renewable energy

    The issue of biomass became hotter this year after 100 forest scientists sent the EPA administrator a letter about the science of biomass.


  • Avista, Inland Power’s results differ with new energy standards

    Wind turbines spinning on the Palouse are the final piece of Avista Utilities’ strategy to meet Washington’s new renewable energy standards. Energy from the 58-turbine Palouse Wind farm, which started …


  • Avista wants to expand program

    Avista Utilities is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to allow an increase in the size of customer-owned power generation projects that qualify for the company’s net metering program. Avista …


  • Biomass challenge

    KETTLE FALLS, Wash. – Roaring furnaces unleash the energy of wood at Avista Corp.’s Kettle Falls generating station. Chips and bark become white-hot ash as temperatures soar to 2,500 degrees …


  • Small-scale projects utilize energy, heat

    The Northwest gets about 2.4 percent of its energy from biomass. Mills often burn wood waste for steam to run equipment and generate electricity. Wood also heats rural schools and …


  • Stevens County company has state energy tie

    Borgford BioEnergy LLC in Stevens County is one of four Washington companies that will work with the Department of Natural Resources on renewable energy projects using biomass from state lands. …


  • Fueling a new industry

    When Shawn Montee finished a logging job, thousands of BTUs of energy used to go up in smoke. His crews gathered up the logging slash and torched it. To Montee, …


  • Sawmills could fuel vehicles, experts say

    Once upon a time, logs were used for making houses and paper. Now, they’re being looked at as one of the most promising tools for helping the United States grow …