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March 05, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland In-Pipe Hydro Company Goes Global With Crowd Funding

Portland-based Lucid Energy has rounded up $600,000 from an Israeli crowd-funding group called OurCrowd.

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Filed under: Environment, Lucid Energy, Hydropower


Dec. 29, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

In Pendleton: Newfound well power

Twenty years ago, the state shut down eastern Oregon farmer Kent Madison's water well to protect overdrawn groundwater below. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Water, Aquifer recharge, Hydropower


Sept. 13, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

As dams come down, a look at new hydropower

As utilities are knocking out the dams across the Northwest, several federal agencies are investigating the potential for developing new hydropower at existing facilities across the country. The announcement from the Obama administration about grants for hydropower projects in the Northwest reminded me of a report that came out earlier this year listing 192 sites across the country that have the potential to deliver new or additional sources of hydropower. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Water, Hydropower, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation


Sept. 06, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Feds grant millions for small, fish-friendly hydro

The Obama Administration is spending almost $17 million on grants for research and development projects that could make hydropower more efficient, less expensive and more sustainable. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Hydropower


May 20, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

BPA: "We have all this power and nobody wants it."

I just had another talk with Michael Milstein at the BPA about the question of how much spill is too much for salmon. He reiterated a key point in the dilemma of having too much water in the Columbia. Namely, that BPA is not making money off the hydropower it's generating now. And in some cases, it's costing them money to generate it because they have to pay for transmission costs to get people to take free electricity. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Hydropower, Wind vs. Water


May 20, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Gassing salmon with spill water: A real risk or an excuse to shut off wind turbines?

An intriguing question has come up in the power struggle between hydropower and wind energy in the Northwest: Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Dams, Hydropower, Wind energy, Wind vs. Water


May 18, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Wind power shut down to make way for hydro

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Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Dams, Hydropower, Salmon, Wind energy, Wind vs. Water



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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