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Desert Rain: Bend Home Meets Living Building Challenge

OPB | Jan. 14, 2017 9:40 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Tom Elliott and Barbara Scott have constructed the first single-family home to meet the Living Building Challenge.

Energy | Environment

The NW Will Meet Energy Needs Without New Power Plants. That's The Plan.

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 14, 2015 7 p.m.

A report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council finds the region can meet nearly all of its energy needs for the next 20 years without building new power plants.

Energy | local | Politics | News

Oregon Confident Of Meeting President's Carbon Goals

AP | Aug. 3, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Grants Pass, Oregon

The Clean Power Plan issued Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets a goal of a 20 percent reduction from levels in 2012 for Oregon.

Communities | Energy | Agriculture | Renewable energy | Environment

An Oregon City Braces For Legal Pot To Drive Up Electricity Costs

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon's city and county leaders are scrambling to understand how electricity supplies will be affected by power-hogging indoor marijuana growers after recreational pot becomes legal in the state.

Think Out Loud

Increasing Incentives for Energy Efficiciency

OPB | June 10, 2013 12:06 p.m.

A new Oregon State University study finds an emphasis on renewable energy overshadows the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency.

Land | Ecotrope

Newer, Larger Homes Use About As Much Energy As Older, Smaller Ones

Ecotrope | Feb. 12, 2013 1:21 a.m.

The Energy Information Administration reports that U.S. homes built since 2000 are only using 2 percent more energy than older homes despite being 30 percent larger on average. How is that possible?

Transportation | Ecotrope

Video: Buick Struts Its Fuel Efficiency

Ecotrope | Dec. 5, 2012 12:49 a.m.
Sustainability | Ecotrope

Green homes: Where the floors are made of recycled toilets

Ecotrope | Sept. 28, 2011 4:34 a.m.

So, I have a lot to learn about green homes...and how to tour more than one of them in a Saturday. I went on the Portland Build it Green! Home Tour this weekend. And when I say "home" tour I mean it. I only made it to one home – out of 21! (I also visited the June Key Delta ...

Energy | Ecotrope

A secret to reusing waste heat: Your microwave

Ecotrope | Sept. 20, 2011 3:51 a.m.

In the time it takes you to reheat yesterday's pizza, microwave energy can be used to create compounds that capture wasted heat from cars, machines and industry and turn it into electricity.

Transportation | Ecotrope

Report: Has the Northwest reached "peak gas"?

Ecotrope | Sept. 14, 2011 7:22 a.m.

Remember when Ezra Klein was wondering why Americans are driving less? Many, including Eric Hess at Seattle's Sightline Institute, suggested the U.S. might be seeing a generational shift in driving based on data showing fewer vehicle miles driven by Americans between age 20 and 40.

Energy | Ecotrope

The problem with energy efficiency

Ecotrope | Nov. 30, 2010 4:32 a.m.

One of Clark Williams-Derry's five thought-provoking ideas on The Daily Score blog reassures me that it's not crazy to question energy efficiency as public policy (as I mentioned earlier): His No. 2 thought-provoking idea is that energy efficiency doesn't always save energy:

Transportation | Land | Ecotrope

How to gobble less gas on Thanksgiving

Ecotrope | Nov. 24, 2010 8:03 a.m.
Land | Sustainability | Ecotrope

R2B2: Pedal power for kitchen appliances

Ecotrope | Nov. 23, 2010 2:39 a.m.

Check out these pictures of the pedal-powered kitchen center from FastCompany Design. The concept, from Christoph Thetard, is to power kitchen appliances such as a hand mixer, food processor and coffee grinder with a manual pedal. It could reduce a kitchen's carbon footprint and lower a home's electric bill. Does this retro reinvention have a a place in the modern ...

Energy | Ecotrope

Face off: Which Facebook data center is greener?

Ecotrope | Nov. 18, 2010 9:13 a.m.

Facebook's new data center planned for Forest City, N.C., might be greener than its Prineville data center in Oregon.

Transportation | Land | Ecotrope

The $600,000 hybrid and other plush green cars

Ecotrope | Nov. 15, 2010 2:48 a.m.

Even superluxury cars are going green. The Wall Street Journal reports Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley and other luxury carmakers are finally taking a stab at improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

Environment | Land | Sustainability | Ecotrope

Report: Smaller homes, smaller carbon footprints

Ecotrope | Oct. 26, 2010 6:34 a.m.

Headlines sure have a way of dumbing down the news, don't they?

Energy | Ecotrope

Speaking of energy efficiency … Dr. Chu

Ecotrope | Oct. 19, 2010 2:07 a.m.
Energy | Sustainability | Ecotrope

New energy-saving idea: Flip the fridge

Ecotrope | Oct. 4, 2010 4:54 a.m.

Bonneville Power Administration is testing a new kind of hot water heater in 40 homes across the Northwest as part of a national energy-savings experiment.

Energy | Ecotrope

Weatherization: Worthy of tax dollars?

Ecotrope | Sept. 23, 2010 12:41 a.m.