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President’s windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding offshore, with big …


Washington falls slightly in State Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings

While Gov. Jay Inslee’s emphasis on combating climate change has helped the state land at the No. 10 spot on the list last year, the ranking represented a slight fall …


Climate change debate in the focus at Exxon’s annual meeting

Activist shareholders used Exxon Mobil’s annual meeting to renew their accusations that the company is failing to confront a future that may include stricter regulations to limit climate change caused …


Shawn Vestal: New safety standards for oil trains are needed to prevent tragedy

Washington’s new law to establish safer standards on the highly flammable oil trains that pass regularly through Spokane – past hospitals, a high school, a freeway – is likely headed …


Marathon Petroleum combines midstream operations for $9B

Marathon Petroleum Corp. is merging two of its oil and gas pipeline, transportation and storage operations for $9 billion.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Avista seeks Washington regulatory approval for rate increases over two years

Avista Corp. filed a request Tuesday with Washington regulators to raise electric and natural gas rates over the next two years.


Legislature passes clean energy bill

Legislature passes 100% clean energy bill.


State legislators’ HEAL Act targets environment, inequality

In the 2019 legislative session, HEAL translates to a “healthy environment for all.”


Ask Dr. Universe: Why do gadgets need batteries? How do they work?

To find out how batteries work, I decided to visit my friend and materials engineer Min-Kyu Song. He makes batteries in his lab at Washington State University.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

First U.S. coal plant in years to open where no options exist

One way to boost coal in the U.S.: Find a spot near a mine with no access to oil or natural gas pipelines, where it’s not particularly windy and it’s …


Rob Curley: How one defining moment in Avista CEO Scott Morris’ life helped him work through another – the proposed sale to Hydro One

Scott Morris is the CEO of Avista as it heads directly into one of the biggest and more important moments in the iconic Spokane company’s 128-year history: its pending $5.3 …


State approves request to fill aging Hanford tunnel

The Department of Energy has been cleared to immediately begin stabilizing a tunnel containing highly radioactive waste that is at risk of collapse.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

State board OKs Kittitas County solar farm; final decision up to Inslee

A state energy council on Tuesday, in a 5-1 vote, backed the permitting of a solar project that would spread across more than 200 acres of farmland in Kittitas County.


Senate approves $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

The Senate on Monday approved a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans’ programs for the next budget year.


Avista extends energy efficiency incentives to indoor growers

Cannabis growers looking to save money can start by looking at their lighting.


Lawsuit contends energy lease sales will affect environment

Environmental groups and three Montana landowners sued Tuesday to cancel hundreds of recent oil and gas lease sales, saying the U.S. government’s leasing of public lands is skyrocketing without understanding …


Large Midwest energy project turns to ex-Missouri governor

Stymied by state regulators, a renewable energy company seeking to build one of the nation’s longest power lines across a large swath of the Midwest has turned to a prominent …


Winds of change: What will power the Northwest’s future?

Carl Borgquist wants to spend more than $1 billion to transform a remote butte fringed by pine trees into a giant water battery. Borgquist is betting this technology — called …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 7:33 a.m.

Testifying before Senate committee, heads of NW energy companies say region major player in future of energy

Philip Mezey, president and CEO of Liberty Lake-based energy and resource management giant Itron, spoke before a full committee hearing on energy infrastructure Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Brutal U.S. cold snap highlights higher energy costs

Plunging temperatures across half the country on Thursday underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren’t going to go as far this winter …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Workers finish cleaning up nuclear burial ground

Workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished cleaning up one of the nation’s most contaminated radioactive waste sites, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday.


U.N. report: Access to energy crucial for escaping poverty

A United Nations report says the world’s least developed countries need access to electricity if they are to break out of poverty.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers bill speeding up hydropower dam licensing clears U.S. House

The congresswoman said in an interview before the legislation passed Wednesday the goal is to increase access to renewable energy by making it easier to build and re-license dams.


Energy surge sends U.S. consumer prices up 0.5 pct.

U.S. consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in September, the largest increase in eight months. The result reflects another big jump in energy prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which …


China plans nationwide ethanol use by 2020

China plans to promote use of ethanol in gasoline nationwide by 2020, joining the United States, Brazil and other governments that use blended fuel to curb emissions and fossil fuel …


OPEC said to discuss extending cuts by more than 3 months

OPEC and its allies are discussing extending by more than three months the oil production cuts that expire in March 2018, potentially prolonging them well into the second half of …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. One executive says the decision breaks a personal promise from …


Total chases growth with $5 billion purchase of Maersk Oil

Total agreed to buy the oil and gas unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, the French company’s biggest acquisition since 1999 and another sign of the accelerating pace of energy deals after …


Astoria, Ore., opposes proposed Vancouver oil terminal

Astoria, Ore., has added itself to the list of cities opposed to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.


In blow to OPEC unity, Ecuador exits deal to cut oil output

Ecuador has dealt a blow to OPEC unity by announcing it will start raising oil production this month, arguing it needs the money.