Category Archives: Dept. of Energy (DOE)

Salem Jewish temple, United Methodist churches win PGE solar grants

Kim Herb wants her synagogue to become a “base camp” for Salem if disaster strikes. Temple Beth Sholom, where Herb’s husband Eli is the rabbi, already agreed to house a shipping container with supplies for the City of Salem’s Community Emergency Response Team. Source: Salem Jewish temple, United Methodist churches win PGE solar grants

With solar power, Salem places of worship aim to be base camps if disaster strikes

Kim Herb wants her synagogue to become a “base camp” for Salem if disaster strikes. Temple Beth Sholom, where Herb’s husband Eli is the rabbi, already agreed to house a shipping container with supplies for the City of Salem’s Community Emergency Response Team. Source: Statesman Journal

You’re still paying for a failed company lured by city and state incentives

In 2012, SoloPower opened the doors to its North Portland manufacturing facility with the promise of jobs for a city coming out of recession. The company is gone, but the public is still paying for it. How much? The City of Portland is writing a $119,000 check every month through next October. Multnomah County just […]
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Three Talent solar projects will boost clean energy effort

“Solar’s Got Talent” is the name given by an Oregon clean energy co-op for a collaboration with three Talent institutions that obtained $149,656 in state grants to help construct solar arrays with battery backups. Electrical energy generated will replace from 55% to nearly 100% of current consumption at the locations. The projects will help the […]
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B2H Transmission Line still has opposition

Oregon Trail remnants in path, according to opponents. While the Oregon Department of Energy is reviewing the public comments on its recommendation for approval of the siting of a transmission line from Boardman southwest Idaho, a coalition in northeast Oregon has announced its continued opposition to the proposed 300-mile line. Source: B2H Transmission Line still […]
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Union County asks state to address B2H issues

The Union County Board of Commissioners is requesting the state address six issues in the event the proposed Boardman to Hemingway transmission line is approved despite the county’s objections. The construction of the proposed B2H project through Union County could make the county more vulnerable to wildfires, road damage, the spread of noxious weeds and […]
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Ashland is a leader in electric vehicle use

James Stephens of Ashland not only has a Tesla EV, he built himself a solar travel trailer to extend its 325-mile range for vacations. At ElectroQuest, his 20-year-old business, he devotes himself to research and marketing electric vehicles, sustainable energy generation and heightened battery storage. His EV passions are contagious. Source: Ashland is a leader […]
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Oregon electric-vehicle count rises, but still off Gov. Kate Brown’s goal pace

Electric vehicle adoption appears to be accelerating in Oregon, and the state is now more than halfway to Gov. Kate Brown’s goal of 50,000 registered plug-in cars by the end of 2020. Brown promoted the news with a press release Wednesday, but the pace will have to pick up further for EV registrations to hit […]
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State energy agency announces next cycle of grant funding

The department announces more than $1.25 million in funding for renewable energy project. The Oregon Department of Energy announced last week six recipients of Renewable Energy Development Grant funds, totaling $1.25 million in funding. Source: Pamplin Media Group – State energy agency announces next cycle of grant funding

Making solar power real

Solar installation for buildings lived in by lower-income families, older adults and people with disabilities is now a possibility in La Grande, thanks to a $90,000 grant awarded by the Oregon Department of Energy. A grant for $250,000 will cover the cost for a similar project in Wallowa. ODOE awarded $1.25 million in grants as […]
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