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Alaska Airlines testing ‘optimized’ landings

SEATAC– Long after dark one night last week when few planes were in the air, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 descended toward Seattle-Tacoma International Airport its engines at idle power. Aboard were Alaska pilots and technicians and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. The occasion was the latest test of an experimental landing procedure at the airport that promises to save millions of gallons of fuel, lessen jet noise, cut pollution and save airlines precious dollars.

Final weekend of clunkers program draws crowds

From Vermont to California, exhausted but appreciative car dealers watched their lots grow empty as crowds rushed to trade in gas guzzlers during the final weekend of the popular Cash for Clunkers program.

Company’s background checks at forefront of nuclear security

Nuclear reactors are anything but radioactive for Pinnacle Investigations. Each time one shuts down for maintenance, as they must every 18 months, the Spokane Valley company conducts background checks on every worker – carpenter, boilermaker, electrician – who will enter the plant, said Ryan Brewer, who is responsible for business development.

NW Power Council deadlocks over proposal

Members of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council have deadlocked over a plan that calls for 85 percent of the region’s new power needs over the next 20 years to be achieved through conservation.

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 and Conservation Council, meeting this week in Spokane. Wind and natural gas sources should provide the rest of the new power, the council proposed.

Want to Be an Energy-Efficient Shopper?

When you stop and think about it, most folks aren’t expert shoppers when it comes to buying major appliances like a furnace or a water heater- Why? We seldom do it. The average household buys a major appliance once or perhaps twice in a lifetime. So, if you’re in the market for buying a new appliance and want to be in the driver’s seat, stay tuned for some no-fail tips for a cost-effective purchase.

Pyrotek branch gets stimulus grant

An East Coast subsidiary of Spokane Valley manufacturing company Pyrotek has landed $11.3 million in federal stimulus money to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. The money will continue development of carbon powder anode material that improves the life and performance of batteries, said Don Ting, executive vice president of Pyrotek.

Crews working weekend to restart WA nuke plant

YAKIMA — Crews were set to work through the weekend to clean up and repair damage caused by a fire at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant, which is losing power sales estimated at $800,000 a day, officials said.

Official: Better transmission grid needed

The United States needs a bigger, better transmission grid to best exploit solar, wind and other technologies that are reshaping the nation’s energy future, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Phil Moeller said Tuesday. Moeller, who was in Spokane to address a national hydroenergy conference, also said regulations should be flexible enough to allow the testing of new ways of harnessing water power.

A picture of potential energy

BOISE – The Pacific Northwest, on both sides of the Canadian border, is the “Middle East of North America” when it comes to energy resources, participants at a regional conference say, and it eventually will supply both nations with an array of fuels, from wind, geothermal and biofuels to oil, coal and uranium. “The resources are there, and in my opinion, they will get used in the future,” said John Grossenbacher, director of the Idaho National Laboratory. “So let’s do it in a way that 50 and 100 years away, we’re happy with the outcomes.”

NW energy resources form the ‘Middle East of North America’

The Pacific Northwest, on both sides of the Canadian border, is the "Middle East of North America" when it comes to energy resources, experts say, and it will eventually supply both nations with an array of fuels, from wind, geothermal and biofuels to oil, coal and uranium.