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PacifiCorp putting customers, shareholders at risk

PacifiCorp, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, produces 77 percent of its energy via coal (as of 2012, the most recent data available) and provides electric power, transmission, and distribution services to customers in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. While other utilities are transitioning away from coal, PacifiCorp plans to invest billions to


Oregon’s Solar Feed-In Tariff: WINNING

We don’t hear a lot of solar news from Oregon, but we have been hearing lately about successful feed-in tariff (FiT) programs. Oregon has one of its own. Though not a top solar state, Oregon ranks at a not-so-shabby #12 in number of solar PV installations, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Open PV rankings. The


House of Representatives Passes Hemp Amendment

Here’s a surprise – the House of Representatives, which has barely passed any legislation this year, has passed an amendment making industrial hemp farming legal. The bi-partisan amendment to the House version of the FARM Bill was passed 225-200 (the Farm bill was voted down). Sponsored by Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), colleges and universities


Empire State Building Retrofit: Here Come the Copycats

Energy efficiency upgrades to NYC’s Empire State Building have been so successful they are seen as a model for building retrofits that’s being rolled out across the US. For the second consecutive year, the building exceeded its “guaranteed energy savings.” In 2011, the Empire State Building beat its year-one energy-efficiency guarantee by 5%, saving $2.4 million, and in year two, it beat


The World’s 10 Greenest Ski Resorts

Aspen Skiing Company The ASC or Aspen Skiing company is the leader in making environment friendly skiing experience. They own four mountains in the Aspen region named- Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. They started early on their mission of creating environment friendly skiing resorts. They use wind power for running their establishment and have


Oregon’s 10-Year Clean Energy Plan

Noting that energy is the issue of our time, Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber released a 10-year action plan to “shape our energy future through intentional investment and development,” rather than allowing it to shape us. The comprehensive energy strategy is focused on cutting greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation. It includes “specific


With DOE Loan Guarantee, SoloPower Opens Oregon Plant

  SoloPower is preparing to receive dispersement of a $197 million U.S. DOE Loan Guarantee. Federal loan guarantees supporting solar manufacturing have gone the way of the Dodo since the demise of Solyndra, but SoloPower was grandfathered into the program, and as it prepares to open its new manufacturing facility this Thursday (Sep. 27), it’s


Portland, Oregon: Getting Energy Efficiency Right

Portland, Oregon’s Climate Action Plan is working – greenhouse gas emissions are now 6% below 1990 levels and down 26% per person, even though population has grown 26% over that time. Over the same period, US emissions rose 12%. Portland and Mutnomah County released a 2-year progress report on their 3-year Climate Action Plan, which


Solar Group Buying Gains Momentum in Oregon

Solarize Eugene kicked off March 19 and will offer bulk discounts to Eugene, Ore., residents looking to go solar in the next three months. The Resource Innovation Group, a local nonprofit, organized the solarize effort and modeled it after other successful programs, particularly the Portland, Ore., program that pioneered the solarize movement. The model selects


Fact or Fiction: Are U.S Prisoners Manufacturing Solar Panels?

For the past few months stories about escalating solar trade tensions between the US and China have dominated the headlines. During this time Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has emerged as a passionate and vocal advocate for US solar manufacturing facilities, as he should considering SolarWorld’s Oregon plant employs a lot of the Senator’s constituents. However,


The Baldock Solar Highway Breaks Ground

Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez congratulated Oregon for its leadership in sustainable transportation as Portland General Electric and the Oregon Department of Transportation broke ground today on the nation’s largest solar highway project.The $10 million project, at the Baldock Safety Rest Area on Interstate 5 northbound near Wilsonville, will include an interpretive display where the