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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.

Want to be an Energy Star?

We have something to be proud of here in the Pacific Northwest – we lead the nation in ENERGY STAR frontload washer use. Now, that may not seem like a lot to get excited about, but a front-load washer uses up to 50 percent less energy than a top load model. Plus a front-load washer uses much less water.

What’s so Green about geothermal heat pumps?

With all the hyperbole surrounding the word Green in the current lexicon of American politics and pop-culture, finding a balance between cost and benefit is often lost in the shuffle.

Q-and-A: Energy prices could impede recovery

Energy prices are starting to soar again. Oil prices, for starters, have broken free of the fundamentals that usually rule the market, rising despite a glut in surplus crude oil. Benchmark crude climbed to its highest level in eight months Thursday, touching $73.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

This Little Light of Mine

A light bulb with a life of 8,000 hours? Yeah, right! Well, actually, such an idea has just entered the marketplace with the launch of GE's newly remodeled bulbs, the covered Energy Smart Compact Fluorescent Lights.

Wind power may not be so abundant, study warns

WASHINGTON – The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming – the very problem wind power seeks to address. The idea that winds may be slowing is still a speculative one, and scientists disagree whether that is happening. But a first-of-its-kind study suggests that average and peak wind speeds have been noticeably slowing since 1973, especially in the Midwest and the East.

Delving again into nuclear generation

RICHLAND – A quarter century after its ambitious plan to build five nuclear plants crumbled into a punch line for government incompetence, a regional power consortium in the Pacific Northwest is quietly shopping the idea of building another reactor. Energy Northwest, which is already expanding its wind, solar and biomass electricity generation, aims to satisfy increasing demand for carbon-free power in one of the country’s most environmentally conscious regions.

Energy Northwest eyes more nuclear power

RICHLAND, Wash. — A quarter century after its ambitious plan to build five nuclear plants crumbled into a punch line for government incompetence, a regional power consortium in the Pacific Northwest is quietly shopping the idea of building another reactor.