Stories tagged: renewable energy
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 1:12 P.M.
Google says it will hit 100 percent renewable energy next year
Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday – by next year, it forecasts that it’ll be purchasing as …
THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2016, 2:26 P.M.
Big companies push NW utilities to produce clean sources for electricity
Demand for carbon-free energy is starting to influence how electricity is produced in Washington state.
SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016
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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016, 3:52 P.M.
NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts
State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the …
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016
Terry Flores: Snake River dams vital to renewable energy future
These activists continue to peddle a demonstrably false fish tale: that solar power and other renewables could replace the reliable carbon-free energy produced by the Snake River dams.
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 5:21 P.M.
GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy
If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added …
SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016
Froma Harrop: Renewable energy grows despite cheap oil
Alternative energy prices also falling while more heed global warming alarms.
SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2015
Deane Osterman: Utilities’ solar programs deliver benefits
As someone who has spent his entire career working in natural resources management, everything comes down to the relationship between energy and the environment. Increasingly, state and federal mandates, and …
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015
Schweitzer Labs puts ‘game-changing’ battery power to test in Pullman
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 …
TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014
Community solar project to pay off
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 …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
Avista testing batteries that store wind, solar energy
Avista Corp. will use a $3.2 million state grant to test how effectively large batteries store energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources. The three-year demonstration will occur at …
TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013
D.C. wood stove competition draws global competitors
Keeping the flames leaping in 14 stoves will be Ben Myren’s task at the Wood Stove Decathlon starting Friday in Washington, D.C. It’s a job for an expert “fire master” …
SUNDAY, AUG. 25, 2013
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 …
TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013
Feeling the wind’s worth
OAKESDALE, Wash. – Even five years ago, putting up 58 turbines to harvest the wind gusting across the rolling hills of the Palouse in northern Whitman County wouldn’t have made …
FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012
Wind farm stirs breeze for ailing town
OAKESDALE, Wash. – This farming town south of Spokane, population 420, has suffered through the slump of other rural communities across America. A restaurant bought out by a California developer …
THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012, 10:49 A.M.
Avista names new director of government relations
A man who has managed Avista’s government relations in Washington state for 22 years has been tapped as the company’s director of government relations.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012, 7:42 A.M.
Grid operators say Germany must invest $25 billion
BERLIN — The operators of Germany’s electricity grid said today the country must invest about (euro) 20 billion ($25 billion) in new transmission networks over the next decade as the …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012, 3:02 P.M.
More natural gas vehicles hitting the market
DETROIT — More natural gas-powered vehicles will hit the market soon, as rising gasoline prices, booming natural gas production and proposed tax credits make them a more attractive option. But …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012, 2:40 P.M.
Measure broadens Washington’s renewable energy law
SEATTLE — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a bill that for the first time broadens the definition of renewable energy.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2011
Renewable energy thirst fueled wind farms on gusty ridges
ELLENSBURG – Gusty winds sweep through Central Washington’s Kittitas County, scattering tumbleweeds and spinning the blades of 149 turbines on Whisky Dick Mountain. The westerly wind is a gift of …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2011
Idaho takes comments on energy plan update
BOISE – As Idaho lawmakers work on the first major update to their groundbreaking 2007 state energy plan, draft recommendations would have them back off from pushing incentives for renewable …
MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011, 4:50 P.M.
Idaho seeks input to shape new energy plan
As Idaho lawmakers work on the first major update to their groundbreaking 2007 state energy plan, draft recommendations would have them back off from pushing incentives for renewable energy development …
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
Sandpoint engineer gets research funds to test panels
Paving U.S. roadways with solar panels could wean the nation off of coal-fired power plants and provide other benefits, too, says a North Idaho electrical engineer. Scott Brusaw has spent …
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011
Lights out around the world honor Earth Hour
For an hour Saturday, millions of people and thousands of businesses around the world shut off their lights in recognition of Earth Hour. Landmarks around the world went dark for …
SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010
Utility to mine landfill for fuel
For the first time in its 72-year history, the largest electric cooperative in Idaho is planning to generate its own renewable energy. Hayden-based Kootenai Electric Cooperative will do so through …
FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, 9:20 P.M.
Kootenai Electric will mine landfill for power
For the first time in its 72-year history, the largest electric cooperative in Idaho is planning to generate its own renewable energy.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2009
Power council says conserving can meet needs
About 85 percent of the Northwest’s new power needs over the next 20 years can be achieved through conservation, according to a new plan being developed by the Northwest Power …
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009, 8:16 A.M.
Officials vow support for renewable energy in West
PARK CITY, Utah — Cabinet leaders in the Obama administration promised Monday to help Western states develop a robust system for delivering renewable energy.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009
Plant’s electricity could gain value with ‘renewable’ status
OLYMPIA – How do you instantly boost the value of the electricity generated by Spokane’s waste-to-energy incinerator? You declare it renewable energy.
SUNDAY, NOV. 30, 2008
Avista to put wind farm on hold
Avista Corp. will delay building a wind farm south of Reardan by at least two years, citing the high cost of the wind turbines. “This stuff is really expensive,” said …