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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

5 projects in line for state energy tax credits

A quick share the projects that have made it over the latest hurdle in the state Business Energy Tax Credit program for a share of $10 million in tax credits. They still have to go through a technical review. But I thought the list was interesting. They're the top tier projects – worth $6 million or more – and they've been narrowed from a list of 16 applicants to these five. The companies are going through the new BETC approval process. The state Legislature scaled back the BETC program last year following criticism that the state had given out too much money – particularly for commercial wind energy projects. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, BETC, Oregon Department of Energy, Renewable energy tax credits


April 19, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Repine: For more renewable power, mix and match

[module align="right" width="half" type="pull-quote"]"I think you're going to see a lot more mixing and matching of renewables in the years to come form these companies industries now located in Oregon."         -- Bob Repine [/module] I got a chance to talk with Oregon Department of Energy Director Bob Repine about the future of energy in Oregon last week. Among other things, he told me the new secret to developing more renewable energy in the state is to mix and match various renewable sources to balance the highs and lows in the power generation capabilities of each. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bob Repine, Oregon Department of Energy


July 16, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Kulongoski on LNG: Why all the fuss?

In a surprisingly candid interview with The Daily Astorian this week, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski moved another step away from his earlier suggestions that a liquefied natural gas import facility would help bridge the state's current energy portfolio to a new, all-renewable future. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Renewable energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Liquefied natural gas, Natural gas, Oregon Department of Energy



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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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