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July 29, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Vancouver Oil Terminal Lease Would Allow Exports

The Port of Vancouver has released copies of the lease agreement Port commissioners approved last week for a controversial oil terminal. The lease does't prevent the terminal from exporting oil overseas.

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Filed under: Environment, Energy, Vancouver oil terminal


July 19, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

As Pipelines Fill Up, More Oil Travels – And Spills – By Rail

The U.S. is producing more oil than it has the pipelines to transport. That means more oil is traveling – and spilling – by rail.

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Filed under: Environment, Energy, Oil trains


July 08, 2013

Oregon Senate Votes To End Clean Fuels Program In 2015

Legislators voted against Senate Bill 488, which would have lifted the 2015 sunset on the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

The program would ultimately cut the carbon intensity of fuel sold in Oregon by 10 percent over 10 years. But with the 2015 sunset in place, the program cannot possibly be fully implemented.

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Filed under: Environment, Energy, Clean Fuels


July 03, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Chart: How Energy Use Has Changed Since The U.S. Was Born

Tomorrow's Fourth of July holiday marks the 237th birthday of the United States of America. This chart from the U.S. Energy Information Administration illustrates how energy use has changed since the country was founded: From wood and water mills to coal, petroleum and natural gas.

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Filed under: Energy, Environment


May 31, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Solar-Powered Kettle Chips Will Help Test Renewable Energy Batteries In Salem

Kettle Brand has enough solar panels on the roof of its Salem plant to make 250,000 bags of Kettle Chips. But they only work when the sun is out.

A new smart grid project launching today in Salem is aiming to fill the gaps in solar power at the Kettle Chips plant with renewable energy stored in a room full of lithium ion batteries. It's a major breakthrough in smart grid technology, though it's just starting up as a demonstration project.

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Filed under: Environment, Energy, Smart grid


April 17, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

9 Big Companies That Use A Lot Of Green Power

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is tracking organizations that make a point of using "green power" and ranking them by counting the kilowatts consumed. Care to guess who made the top 10 list?

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Filed under: Environment, Energy


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


April 02, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

ZeaChem Halts Biofuel Production In Boardman

Less than a month after starting production of cellulosic biofuel at its Boardman demonstration plant, ZeaChem has laid off employees and scaled back operations. Biofuels Digest posted a statement from the company's director of public affairs, Carrie Atiyeh, saying additional funds will be needed to re-start production.

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Filed under: Environment, Energy, Biofuel, ZeaChem


March 27, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland Council Votes For Hydropower In City Pipes

The Portland City Council voted 4-0 today to approve a franchise agreement Lucid Energy needs to operate a hydropower system in city water pipes.

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Filed under: Environment, Energy


March 13, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Boardman Biofuel Plant Starts Production

The ZeaChem biorefinery in Boardman is officially producing ethanol from sawdust.

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Filed under: Energy, Renewable energy, ZeaChem, Biofuel



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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