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Sept. 12, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Report: To use more wind energy, add electric cars

One of the big questions facing renewable energy advocates in the West is how to add more wind power without overwhelming the transmission system. As the wind picks up and dies down, power managers need to balance out the increase and decrease in wind energy generated by dialing up other power sources or absorbing extra electricity when no one needs it. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Transportation, Electric cars, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Smart grid, Wind energy


Aug. 30, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

5 ways to store renewable energy

In response to my post about the cost of delivering wind power in the Northwest, Dave Miller asked me to write about the potential for storing renewable wind and solar energy. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Energy storage, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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


Aug. 23, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

5 ways the Northwest grid is getting smarter

The Northwest has set goals to use more renewable energy over the next 15 years, but the existing power delivery system wasn’t set up for getting variable wind and solar power to your house efficiently. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, ColumbiaGrid, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Smart grid, Wind energy


May 16, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

How the Northwest power grid is getting smarter

So, the power grid in the Pacific Northwest is still dumb. But that's not the end of the story. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Smart grid


April 14, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Who needs foreign oil when you have algae (and lots of water)?

Researchers with the Pacific Northwest National Lab have discovered that algae could replace 17 percent of U.S. oil imports. Their study, published in the journal Water Resources Research, was the most detailed look so far at how much biofuel algae could make and how much land and water it would take to do it. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Biofuel, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Oct. 19, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

A super-value menu for fast-food energy savings

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory says coffee shops and fast-food joints can reduce their energy usage by 41 to 52 percent with upgrades to four areas of their restaurants: Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory



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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