Category Archives: Dept. of Energy

Regulators Discuss New Plans For Nuclear Waste At Hanford

Federal and state energy regulators will hold back-to-back meetings in Portland on Tuesday for a proposal to reclassify some of the high-level nuclear waste at the Hanford Site in Washington. Federal and state energy regulators will hold back-to-back meetings in Portland on Tuesday for a proposal to reclassify some of the high-level nuclear waste at the Hanford […]
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B2H information meeting slated for Monday

Now that the Bureau of Land Management has released its “record of decision” regarding the route of the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line over federal land, the action shifts to the Energy Facility Siting Council for its review of a site certificate application for the line. Idaho Power Company and its partners, PacifiCorp and the […]
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Opponents may fight proposed route of transmission line north of Vale

A review of Idaho Power Company’s application to construct a 500-kilovolt transmission line from northeast Oregon to southwest Idaho is now underway by the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. The agency is weighing it up against about 20 standards which the power line must meet. According to a document from the Oregon Department of Energy, […]
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Oregon claws back $13 million for inflated solar tax credits

The state of Oregon has clawed back $13 million from SolarCity and its accountant after investigators determined the cost of 14 commercial-scale solar projects had been inflated more than 100 percent to qualify for higher state tax credits. Source: Oregon claws back $13 million for inflated solar tax credits

Boardman to Hemingway applies for site approval

The Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line is churning its way toward regulatory approval from the Oregon Department of Energy, which is kicking off the review process with a series of public meetings across all four Eastern Oregon counties that the line will run through. Idaho Power is proposing a 500-kilovolt, 273-mile transmission line from Boardman […]
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Tainted state energy tax credit program cleans up its act

In the wake of a scandal over the state’s handling of energy tax incentives, Oregon’s Department of Energy has cleaned up its process, state auditors say. In a new report released Wednesday, Oct. 10, the state Audits Division assessed whether energy officials implemented recommendations made earlier by state and private auditors and state lawmakers. Auditors found the […]
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Audit: Problems cleaned up in Oregon Department of Energy

In the wake of a scandal over the state’s handling of energy tax incentives, the Oregon Department of Energy has cleaned up its process, state auditors say. The state Audits Division report, released Wednesday, assessed whether energy officials implemented recommendations made earlier by state and private auditors and state lawmakers. Auditors found the Energy Department […]
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Oregon could produce one-fifth of its natural gas with renewable green energy

State Department of Energy issues report charting the potential for developing the industry here. Source: Oregon could produce one-fifth of its natural gas with renewable green energy

Oregon wind developer Avangrid contemplates super-tall turbines

A proposed Oregon wind farm could become home to the nation’s tallest wind turbines, with blade tips reaching 650 feet into the air — more than 100 feet higher than the loftiest Portland skyscraper. Avangrid Renewables is considering the turbines for the Golden Hills Wind Project near the town of Wasco, about 100 miles east […]
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The Oregon Department of Energy Recommends Denying Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas Project an Exemption

Recommendation could slow development of controversial, long-planned Coos Bay facility. he staff of the Oregon Department of Energy is recommending the denial of an exemption sought by developers of the proposed Jordan Cove liquified natural gas project in Southern Oregon. If built, the project would be by far the most expensive project in Oregon history—but […]
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