Tag Archives: Energy

Emergency fuel a concern during Cascadia

Pendleton’s police cars, ambulances and fire engines could run out of fuel in two-and-half days during the Cascadia earthquake. Other local agencies might not make it that long. Pendleton Public Works Director Bob Patterson revealed the duration at a recent city council work session on the new fire station. Beyond police and paramedics, the city […]
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Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites

Coal-fired power plants keep closing and communities around the country must decide what to do with those sites. Pennsylvania has a plan, aiming to create new jobs where the old ones have been lost. Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been “retired” since 2010 according to the Sierra Club, a trend that continues despite President […]
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Renewable Energy Production Jobs in Oregon Totaled 1,825 in 2018

Earth Day is held every year in the United States on April 22nd as a day intended to raise awareness and invoke an appreciation for the Earth’s environment. In honor of the 49th official Earth Day, here is some information about renewable energy production jobs in Oregon! In the U.S., renewables provided 13 percent of […]
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Is There Room For Hydrogen-Powered Cars In A Future That Looks Electric?

Fifteen years after the idea of a great “hydrogen highway” from Canada to Mexico was initially floated, it may finally be gaining steam. Fifteen years ago, the California and British Columbia governments sketched bold plans for a “hydrogen highway” for clean cars stretching from Whistler, British Columbia, to the Mexican border. Then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger […]
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Heiting: Opportunity to partner with natural gas

State Library Ed. Note: Op/Ed briefly mentions an inventory of renweable natural gas available from the Oregon Department of Energy. At NW Natural, we welcome a partnership with the City of Eugene to address the climate imperative that we face together. At an upcoming City Council work session, we will share NW Natural’s low-carbon plans […]
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Americans’ energy use broke record in 2018

Americans burned a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in consumption from booming natural gas helping to lead the way, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says. Overall consumption of all kinds of fuels rose 4% year on year, the largest such increase in eight years, a report this week from the […]
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Editorial: Bill would cost power customers more

Oregon House Bill 3174 surely is among the shortest in the Legislature this session. Sponsored by Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, and Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, the measure directs the state’s Public Utility Commission to order natural gas and electricity utilities to allow residential customers to use analog meters instead of smart readers, and to use […]
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Some Central Oregon gas stations see supplies running low

Snowblower owners buy up ethanol-free gas. From La Pine to Redmond, Central Oregon gas stations were slammed with customers filling up with gas to power snowblowers, heaters, snowmobiles, trucks and cars. If that wasn’t challenging enough, those companies jockeyed workers around to cover shifts from snowed-in workers. Source: Some Central Oregon gas stations see supplies […]
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Oregon’s Energy Intensity and Household Spending

Energy costs can have big impacts on the economy. This has certainly been the case historically with the 1973 oil crisis and U.S. recession being a prime example. More recently we can observe the impact of gas prices on American automobile purchases. When gas is near $4 per gallon, we buy more cars, but when […]
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Trump Backs Wood Power Scientists Call Dirtier Than Coal

The Trump administration endorsed burning trees and other biomass to produce energy on Thursday, vowing to promote a practice some scientists have declared more environmentally devastating than coal-fired power. The Environmental Protection Agency joined the departments of Energy and Agriculture in a letter to congressional leaders committing to “encourage the use of biomass as an […]
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