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April 05, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Plunge to 18-Year Low

With less energy coming from coal last year and more coming from cheap natural gas, energy-related carbon emissions in the U.S. dropped to their lowest level since 1994, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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Filed under: Environment, Energy, Coal, Coal exports


Aug. 02, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Grant Funds Bio-Brick That Could Replace Coal

Oregon-based start-up HM3 Energy and Oregon State University researchers just got an $86,000 grant to launch new technology that turns forest waste into a cleaner-burning alternative to coal. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Biomass, Coal


Aug. 01, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

U.S. Carbon Emissions Hit 20-Year Low This Year

Man, I love getting updates from the Energy Information Administration. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Carbon dioxide, Coal, Natural gas


June 08, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

A Dramatic Decline In Coal-Fired Power

New graphs from the Energy Information Administration illustrate how coal is becoming a smaller component of the energy mix in the U.S. and on the West Coast. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Coal, Coal exports


Aug. 25, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

A cheaper way to clean up coal plant emissions

Speaking of retrofitting coal plants, the Pacific Northwest National Lab operator Battelle just got a $2 million grant to study a cheaper way to remove carbon dioxide from power plant emissions. PNNL has developed a new carbon capture process that uses organic liquids to pull carbon dioxide out of power plant flue gas. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Battelle, Clean coal, Coal, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy


July 07, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

A loophole for coal-fired power hiding in the grid?

You know how Oregon imports coal-fired power from other states through the grid? Well, that could create a problem for regulators trying to stop utilities from buying coal-fired power, according to Thane Jennings. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Coal, greenhouse gases, Hermiston Generating Station, Oregon Department of Energy


July 07, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Oregon tells utilities not to buy coal-fired power

I spent a lot of time this morning trying to understand Oregon's new greenhouse gas emissions standard for utilities. A new set of rules triggered by a 2009 law is on its way through the Oregon Department of Energy and the Oregon Public Utility Commission. The idea is to control the greenhouse gases emissions associated with Oregon's electricity use by telling utilities not to make long-term plans to invest in coal-fired power. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Coal, greenhouse gases, Oregon Department of Energy


May 10, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Clever hoax: Free vanity inhalers from Peabody coal

Yes, May is Asthma Awareness Month. No, you can't get a free Justin Bieber inhaler from Peabody Coal. But it looks like you can at a new Coal Cares website. Continue reading →

Filed under: Air, Coal


Jan. 05, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Gregoire on coal export terminal: No shortcuts

OPB's Tom Banse got Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire's response to criticism from Montana officials that her state is standing in the way of a coal-export facility in Longview. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is headed to Washington today to visit the export terminal site, meet the Cowlitz County commissioners who approved the site for development and give Gregoire a piece of his mind. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Brian Schweitzer, Chris Gregoire, Coal, Longview coal export


Jan. 03, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Montana to Washington: Let our coal through

Montana's governor took a shot at Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire last week, after the Washington Department of Ecology requested to intervene in an appeal by environmental groups that aims to stop the Longview, Wash., coal-export facility. Montana officials say as long as the world is going to burn coal, why not make it coal from Montana? Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Coal, Longview coal export, Washington Department of Ecology



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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