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The Best Of EarthFix 2016

EarthFix | Dec. 18, 2016 1:51 p.m.

From an international investigation into electronic waste to a study of the U.S. military's environmental legacy in the Northwest, here is the best reporting from EarthFix in 2016.

Renewable energy | Environment | Climate change | Energy

Google's All-Renewable Energy Plan To Include Data Center In Oregon

NWPR/EarthFix | Dec. 6, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Google announces that all of the energy it consumes globally — including at its data center in The Dalles, Oregon — will soon operate without directly relying on fossil fuels.

Renewable energy | Land use | Agriculture | Climate change | Environment

How Lakes Can Work Like Batteries That Charge The Electricity Grid

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 5, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

A project in Oregon’s Klamath County is aiming to complement renewable energy development in the Northwest by creating a giant water battery.

Renewable energy | Sustainability | Environment | Energy

Where Do Wind Turbines Go To Die?

Inside Energy | Sept. 9, 2016 3:16 p.m.

Wind turbines don't last forever. And when they come down, these giant structures can leave a lot of waste behind. The steel towers can be recycled, but the fiberglass blades typically end up in landfills.

Renewable energy | Environment | Pacific Ocean | Energy

Oregon Offshore Wind Project Stalls

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 9, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The company behind the project has asked federal regulators to stop processing its lease application.

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Scientists Tackle Mercury Woes In River On Idaho-Oregon Border

AP | Aug. 14, 2016 12:49 p.m. | Boise

A multiyear study of mercury contamination is underway in a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border that's part of a power company's effort to renew its license with the federal government.

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NW Cities Turn To Local Action To Block Oil Trains

AP | July 28, 2016 8:33 a.m. | Seattle

Voters in Spokane will get to decide whether the city should prohibit the shipment of crude oil or coal by rail. The ballot measure, if approved, would make rail shipments of crude oil or coal a civil in  

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OSU Creates New Software To Assess Global Hydropower Potential

OPB | July 5, 2016 3:01 p.m.

Engineers at Oregon State have created a free, open-source computer program that can determine a stream or river’s potential as an energy source.

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10-Megawatt Solar Farm Slated For Central Oregon

AP | May 8, 2016 1:01 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

A Canadian energy developer is closer to putting a solar farm in central Oregon.

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Oregon Kite Power Start-Up Gets State And Federal Funding

OPB | April 18, 2016 11:15 a.m. | Portland

An Oregon start-up that’s trying to use kites to generate electricity has secured close to a quarter of a million dollars from the US Department of Agriculture and state agencies.