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Land-use group tries to stop Oregon solar farm

The land-use group 1000 Friends of Oregon is trying to block a large solar farm planned for prime agricultural land outside Medford.


Edmonds takes clean energy pledge

Edmonds, Washington, has pledged to have clean, renewable energy powering its homes, offices and other buildings by 2025.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

Congress unnerved by energy grid cyberattacks

For months, Sen. Maria Cantwell has been warning in letters to the Trump administration and colleagues that Congress needs to do more to keep the nation’s energy supply safe from …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Coal-fired plants top polluters in Europe

Coal-fired power stations are responsible for the most pollution in Europe, with Britain among the top polluters, the European Union says.


German prosecutors probe Porsche employees over diesel cars

German prosecutors say they’ve opened an investigation into employees of Porsche, which is a unit of Volkswagen AG, and an American subsidiary over the possible manipulation of diesel emissions.


Tesla to build giant battery in Australia amid energy crisis

Tesla says it will build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in southern Australia, part of a bid to solve an energy crisis that has led to ongoing blackouts across the …


After dismal 2016, shale gas drillers begin to turn a corner

Pennsylvania’s moribund drilling industry, which has struggled with persistently low prices and a dearth of infrastructure to get its product to market, is showing signs of life.


Regulatory staff: Puget Sound Energy should lower rates

The staff of a state regulator says Puget Sound Energy’s request to charge customers more for electricity should be rejected.


Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

The world’s biggest coal users – China, the United States and India – have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for …


Democratic senators urge President Trump to study Russia’s capability to hack power grid

On Thursday, 19 Democratic senators sent President Donald Trump a letter urging him to direct the Energy Department to conduct an analysis of Russia’s capability to hack into and disrupt …


U.S. consumer prices slipped 0.1 percent in May

Consumer prices declined in May, reflecting a big drop in energy prices and smaller declines in a number of other areas. It was the second monthly decline in the past …


State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland

The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

Researchers: We’ve discovered power-grid-wrecking software

Researchers have discovered a troubling breed of power grid-wrecking software, saying in a report published Monday that the program was very likely responsible for a brief blackout in Ukraine late …


Idaho officials approve utility’s plan to close coal plant

State officials have approved an Idaho utility company’s plan to close a coal-fired power plant in Nevada about 10 years sooner than planned and raise monthly bills for customers.


A look at how Trump’s climate moves affect the coal industry

President Donald Trump says withdrawing from a global climate change agreement will boost the U.S. economy, but existing market forces have had far more of an effect on the fossil …


OPEC committee recommends nine-month oil-cuts extension

OPEC and its allies came one step closer to agreeing to extend their oil supply deal after a ministerial committee recommended another nine months of cuts.


No power in large section of downtown Portland

A big chunk of downtown Portland is without power because of a fire in an underground vault.


U.S. shale roars back at OPEC

OPEC may get its members to agree to continue to tamp down oil production, but it will be a Pyrrhic victory. The biggest threat to the 13-member group’s dominance has …


Portland utility suspends effort on new natural gas plants

Portland General Electric has suspended its effort to get permits for two new natural gas-fired power plants in eastern Oregon.


Libya says its oil production tops 800,000 barrels per day

Libya’s national oil company says oil production in the violence-plagued country has exceeded 800,000 barrels a day for the first time since 2014.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …