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Renewable energy goal creates familiar tension between business, environment concerns

The Spokane City Council will consider a law Monday that calls for the city to use 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030. Spokane Mayor David Condon has expressed …


Renewable energy field’s flourishing brings new careers

More students than ever are enrolling at the Northwest Renewable Energy Institute, a program offered by the International Air and Hospitality Academy. A career as a wind turbine technician, with …


Samsung joins global pledge to increase renewable energy use

Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest smartphone maker, joined on Thursday a growing list of companies that are promising to increase their use of solar and other renewable energy to …


In shadow of Germany’s climate conference, a village disappears to make way for coal

The demolition of Immerath – making way for the expansion of mega-mines that will produce billions of tons of carbon emissions in the coming decades and leave a deep gash …


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 6:34 p.m.

Bird, bat deaths could top predictions at Montana wind farm

A wind farm in Montana might be killing more birds and bats than expected, according to preliminary findings of a study by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


Renewable sources of electricity outpace nuclear plants

For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April.


Budweiser’s brewer won’t burn coal Trump vows to revive

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest beer maker, plans to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

Avista seeks proposals for a second solar energy project

Avista Corp. is considering a second solar project to meet customer demand for renewable energy.


Google says it will hit 100 percent renewable energy next year

Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday – by next year, it forecasts that it’ll be purchasing as …


Big companies push NW utilities to produce clean sources for electricity

Demand for carbon-free energy is starting to influence how electricity is produced in Washington state.


Dean Rudolf: Federal policy stymies renewable energy

The issue of biomass became hotter this year after 100 forest scientists sent the EPA administrator a letter about the science of biomass.


NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the …


Terry Flores: Snake River dams vital to renewable energy future

These activists continue to peddle a demonstrably false fish tale: that solar power and other renewables could replace the reliable carbon-free energy produced by the Snake River dams.


GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added …


Froma Harrop: Renewable energy grows despite cheap oil

Alternative energy prices also falling while more heed global warming alarms.


Deane Osterman: Utilities’ solar programs deliver benefits

As someone who has spent his entire career working in natural resources management, everything comes down to the relationship between energy and the environment. Increasingly, state and federal mandates, and …


Schweitzer Labs puts ‘game-changing’ battery power to test in Pullman

PULLMAN – If Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories’ manufacturing plant loses power during an outage, the company can turn to huge batteries on its campus for electricity. The batteries could supply enough …


Community solar project to pay off

Solar energy intrigued Landy Comstock, but he wasn’t ready to fork out $30,000 to install solar panels on the roof of his home in Valleyford. Instead, he bought into a …


Avista testing batteries that store wind, solar energy

Avista Corp. will use a $3.2 million state grant to test how effectively large batteries store energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources. The three-year demonstration will occur at …


D.C. wood stove competition draws global competitors

Keeping the flames leaping in 14 stoves will be Ben Myren’s task at the Wood Stove Decathlon starting Friday in Washington, D.C. It’s a job for an expert “fire master” …


Avista, Inland Power’s results differ with new energy standards

Wind turbines spinning on the Palouse are the final piece of Avista Utilities’ strategy to meet Washington’s new renewable energy standards. Energy from the 58-turbine Palouse Wind farm, which started …


Feeling the wind’s worth

OAKESDALE, Wash. – Even five years ago, putting up 58 turbines to harvest the wind gusting across the rolling hills of the Palouse in northern Whitman County wouldn’t have made …


Wind farm stirs breeze for ailing town

OAKESDALE, Wash. – This farming town south of Spokane, population 420, has suffered through the slump of other rural communities across America. A restaurant bought out by a California developer …


Avista names new director of government relations

A man who has managed Avista’s government relations in Washington state for 22 years has been tapped as the company’s director of government relations.


Grid operators say Germany must invest $25 billion

BERLIN — The operators of Germany’s electricity grid said today the country must invest about (euro) 20 billion ($25 billion) in new transmission networks over the next decade as the …


More natural gas vehicles hitting the market

DETROIT — More natural gas-powered vehicles will hit the market soon, as rising gasoline prices, booming natural gas production and proposed tax credits make them a more attractive option. But …


Measure broadens Washington’s renewable energy law

SEATTLE — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a bill that for the first time broadens the definition of renewable energy.


Renewable energy thirst fueled wind farms on gusty ridges

ELLENSBURG – Gusty winds sweep through Central Washington’s Kittitas County, scattering tumbleweeds and spinning the blades of 149 turbines on Whisky Dick Mountain. The westerly wind is a gift of …


Idaho takes comments on energy plan update

BOISE – As Idaho lawmakers work on the first major update to their groundbreaking 2007 state energy plan, draft recommendations would have them back off from pushing incentives for renewable …


Idaho seeks input to shape new energy plan

As Idaho lawmakers work on the first major update to their groundbreaking 2007 state energy plan, draft recommendations would have them back off from pushing incentives for renewable energy development …