Stories tagged: energy
Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
Tesla CEO says company to start selling solar roof tiles
Tesla will soon begin selling solar roof tiles.
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 6:11 p.m.
Itron acquires Georgia-based energy services company in $100 million cash deal
Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc. has acquired a privately held company that provides software, hardware and services to electric utilities implementing demand response and energy efficiency programs. The cash transaction is …
Wed., May 3, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Saudi Arabia now controls the largest oil refinery in North America
The Port Arthur refinery in Texas is North America’s largest oil refinery, and as of this week Saudi Arabia controls all of it. With the stroke of a proverbial pen, …
UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
Review: Coal terminal would boost pollution, safety issues
A new environmental study says a coal-export terminal proposed in southwest Washington would have major impacts on local communities, access to tribal fishing sites and rail safety.
UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that could open large parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new oil and gas drilling, creating yet another clash …
Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:59 p.m.
Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants
The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants …
Sun., April 9, 2017, 7:17 a.m.
Knowledge gained as power conserved
A volunteer group of Pullman Avista customers saw their power consumption decline by 9.3 percent after they were given high-tech thermostats.
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:40 a.m.
Oil spikes as U.S. strike against Syria roils global markets
Oil jumped as the U.S. cruise-missile attack against Syria roiled global financial markets.
UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Thousands of defects found on oil train routes
When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 8:35 a.m.
Senators want more details on Corps’ Dakota Access decisions
Two Democratic U.S. senators want the chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to explain the agency’s decision-making that ultimately paved the way for completion of the disputed Dakota Access …
Mon., April 3, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Alaska oil pipeline leak stopped, threat to wildlife unclear
The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska’s southern Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, but it’s unclear how much crude poured into the …
Sat., April 1, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Trump’s rollback of coal rules electrifies Wyoming workers
So when President Donald Trump lifted a federal coal leasing moratorium and ordered a review of greenhouse gas regulations, the announcement electrified many workers here who depend on fossil fuels …
Wed., March 29, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
Putin visits Arctic archipelago to reaffirm Russian presence
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited an Arctic archipelago, part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
Westinghouse files for bankruptcy
Westinghouse, one of the most storied names in the nuclear energy business, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the future of the nuclear power industry and leaving …
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
A look at how Trump’s moves on coal will affect the industry
Experts say coal’s biggest problem isn’t a shortage of the fuel to dig or even climate change regulations but cheap and abundant natural gas. Gas prices dropped as advances in …
Wed., March 22, 2017, 9:56 a.m.
Bill altering regulation of oil and gas moves to Idaho House
An Idaho legislative panel has advanced a bill that significantly alters the state’s rules on natural gas and oil production to the full House for amendments.
Tue., March 21, 2017, 7:52 p.m.
Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built
Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said …
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Avista seeks proposals for a second solar energy project
Avista Corp. is considering a second solar project to meet customer demand for renewable energy.
UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
Company claims largest U.S. onshore oil discovery in 30 years
Spanish energy company Repsol says an oil reserve of 1.2 billion barrels has been identified in Alaska’s North Slope, which the company is the largest onshore discovery in the United …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Judge won’t stop construction of Dakota Access pipeline
A federal judge declined Tuesday to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, clearing the way for oil to flow as soon as …
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
Exxon says it’ll spend $20 billion on Gulf Coast projects
Exxon Mobil is spending $20 billion through 2022 to expand its chemicals and fuel-making capacity in Texas and Louisiana to transform U.S. shale oil and natural gas into products for …
Thu., March 2, 2017, 9:05 a.m.
Idaho lawmakers eye changes to natural gas and oil rules
A bill intended to make significant changes to how Idaho regulates the state’s developing natural gas and oil industry has been introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 6:11 p.m.
Canada’s fading oil promise leaves U.S. majors struggling
Oil-sands investments in Western Canada that gobbled tens of billions of dollars over the past decade are proving an Achilles heel for some of the world’s biggest energy producers.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 8:05 p.m.
Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared by police
Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 5:14 p.m.
Report: Shutting Columbia Generating Station nuclear facility could save millions
A new study says Pacific Northwest utility ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars if the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Northwest close the region’s only commercial nuclear power …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Corps won’t extend deadline for protest camp disbanding
The Army Corps of Engineers says it won’t extend a deadline for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to vacate their encampment in North Dakota. The Corps early this month told …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 11:14 a.m.
Williams makes good on plan to double down in heart of shale
Williams Cos. is following through on a promise to unload assets and double down in a region of the U.S. where natural gas production is still booming: the Marcellus shale …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:55 a.m.
Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor
Indiana’s large utility companies want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller competitors from the emerging solar energy market.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 5:06 p.m.
Solar industry clamors for workers as jobs climb by 25 percent
U.S. solar-industry employment in 2016 grew at the fastest pace in at least seven years, with growth in all sectors including manufacturing, sales and installations, as demand for clean power …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 7:48 p.m.
Trump’s vow to break from OPEC oil imports echoes old refrain
President Donald Trump’s pledge to make America independent from OPEC isn’t a new refrain in Washington. It’s not an easy task. It would mean replacing about 3 million barrels a …