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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 an agreement with Kootenai County to burn the methane gas generated by the Fighting Creek landfill to produce power.

Weatherization Man

As a business student, crunching numbers and trying to grasp and then synergize varied approaches to economic, social and business challenges, it can be difficult to envision your future niche in the world. Not for lack of options, but because it is impossible to pin down a single, satisfyingly multi-faceted identity.

SNAP will take energy aid calls

The Spokane Neighborhood Action Program will take energy assistance calls for one more Saturday before spring, the agency announced this week.

Thwart energy vampires in your home

Even though vampires are all the craze in Hollywood right now, you might not have to look to the big screen to see them; they could be lurking in your home, and not on the pages of “Twilight” either.

Hanford’s risks are large

Even after billions of dollars are spent cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, radioactive waste could threaten the Columbia River for thousands of years to come. A government analysis shows that hot spots of uranium, strontium 90 and other potential carcinogens could linger in Hanford’s groundwater for nearly 10,000 years. The analysis is part of a 6,000-page document outlining the U.S. Department of Energy’s options for dealing with leaky underground storage tanks.

In brief: Energy Department to discuss Hanford

The cleanup of underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be the topic of a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. U.S. Department of Energy officials will talk about alternatives for the cleanup of 53 million gallons of radioactive waste in 177 underground storage tanks and the decommissioning of Hanford’s Fast Flux Test facility, which tested designs for commercial reactors. As part of the cleanup work, Hanford would accept low-level radioactive waste from other nuclear sites for disposal. A proposed settlement with Washington state says that Hanford wouldn’t accept off-site waste until at least 2022, when a plant to treat the tank wastes was up and running.

Nuclear plans gain foothold

WASHINGTON – More than $8 billion in new federal loan guarantees to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia could be the first step toward a nuclear renaissance in the United States, three decades after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident halted all new reactor orders. With the nuclear industry poised to begin construction of at least a half dozen plants over the next decade, President Barack Obama announced the first loan guarantees Tuesday, casting them as both economically essential and politically attractive. He called nuclear power a key part of comprehensive energy legislation that assigns a cost to the carbon pollution of fossil fuels, giving utility companies more incentive to turn to cleaner nuclear fuel.

Utilities panel agrees to stop surcharge

Electricity bills for Avista’s Eastern Washington customers will fall by 7 percent after state regulators eliminated a monthly surcharge that dated to the 2001 West Coast energy crisis. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission agreed to allow the utility to remove the surcharge, which will save most customers about $5.35 per month. Residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatts a month will see their monthly electric bill drop from $77.14 to $71.79.

Avista customers will see bills drop about $5

Electricity bills for Avista’s Eastern Washington customers will fall by 7 percent after state regulators eliminated a monthly surcharge that dated to the 2001 West Coast energy crisis.

Earth shelter

An earth-shelter home is unusual. And a home that has power but is completely off the power grid isn’t something you see every day. But an earth-shelter home that’s off the grid? Jena Pittmon isn’t sure, but she thinks there could be just one.