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Plaintiffs Call For More Court-Ordered Spill At Columbia River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 10, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit over dams in the Columbia River Basin are asking the court to order federal agencies to spill more water over the dams this spring to help threatened and endangered fish.

Sustainability | Renewable energy | Environment | News | Water | Energy

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.

Energy | Environment

Portland's Hydropower In A Pipe Attracts Global Interest

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 17, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Portland

A renewable energy project in Portland has cities across the globe taking a closer look at their water pipes. It's a hydropower system that draws power from drinking water as it makes its way to the tap.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Judge To Hear Arguments On Columbia River Dams And Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | June 22, 2015 4:15 p.m. | Portland

The longstanding legal battle over maintaining dams and salmon in the Columbia River is back in court this week. On Tuesday, a new judge will hear arguments on the Obama administration's latest salmon plan.

Water | Environment

Less Water In Northwest Rivers Will Mean Less Hydropower

OPB | May 5, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Water supply forecasts are looking bleak for many Northwest rivers this year. Managers say that means the region will generate less hydropower.

Environment

What a Record-Low Snowpack Means For Summer In The Northwest

KUOW | March 5, 2015 midnight

As any skier will attest, it’s been a bad year for snow. What’s that mean for the rest of us?

Energy | Environment | Economy | Renewable energy

Report: Wash., Ore. Could Vastly Expand Renewable Power Production

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015 5:16 p.m. | Ashland, Ore.

New reports say that Northwest states have the capacity to transition almost completely from fossil fuels to renewables in just 15 years - and that doing so would provide a significant economic boost.

Think Out Loud

A New Source Of Hydropower: City Water Pipes

OPB | Jan. 23, 2015 12:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A Portland startup is generating renewable power with small hydroelectric turbines inside the city water system.

Environment | Ecotrope

Portland In-Pipe Hydro Company Goes Global With Crowd Funding

Ecotrope | March 5, 2013 8:45 a.m.

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

Water | Energy | Ecotrope

In Pendleton: Newfound well power

Ecotrope | Dec. 29, 2011 9:30 p.m.

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

Water | Renewable energy | Ecotrope

As dams come down, a look at new hydropower

Ecotrope | Sept. 13, 2011 4:34 a.m.

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 ...

Energy | Ecotrope

Feds grant millions for small, fish-friendly hydro

Ecotrope | Sept. 6, 2011 9:12 a.m.

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.

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

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

Ecotrope | May 20, 2011 5:17 a.m.

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 ...

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

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

Ecotrope | May 20, 2011 1 a.m.

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