November 6, 2019
Project to reintroduce salmon to the Columbia River system continues
Source: BC Local News, Nov 4, 2019 Work continues on how to bring salmon back to the Columbia River. Back in July, the five governments of the basin signed the Salmon Letter of Agreement, agreeing to work together to attempt to bring salmon back to the headwaters of Columbia Lake. “A piece of paper doesn’t […]

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November 6, 2019
Commerce awards $483K for wood energy projects
Source: WA State Department of Commerce, Nov 5, 2019 The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $482,768 in grants from the Forest Products Financial Assistance Program to four proposed projects that provide heat, power, engineered fuel products and/or significant energy efficiency improvements. The program emphasizes projects that use woody biomass from forestry management activities […]

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November 4, 2019
California’s blackouts could make fighting climate change even harder
Source: Sammy Roth, LA Times, October 29, 2019 The state’s electric grid was experiencing rapid and unprecedented changes even before Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison began shutting off power to millions of people in a desperate scramble to prevent their transmission lines from sparking wildfires. Solar and wind power were booming. Gas-fired […]

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November 4, 2019
Avista would not use California blackout strategy to prevent wildfires
Source: Megan Rowe, Spokesman-Review, October 29, 2019 The wildfires in California were described to Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer as severe, and so the city of Spokane, along with Spokane Fire District 8 and Stevens County Fire District 1 sent 18 firefighters and five brush engines to help. An estimated 2.5 million people are without […]

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October 30, 2019
Oregon Battery Maker Raises $30M from Breakthrough Energy
Read more here. The VertueLab-supported startup ESS, Inc., maker of large, nontoxic flow batteries used for large-scale energy storage, has raised $30 million in a Series C round led by the Breakthrough Energy Fund, launched by Bill Gates. Early funding and support from VertueLab helped ESS secure a $2.1 million ARPA-E grant from the U.S. […]

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October 29, 2019
Commentary: Pulling Water Right Out Of The Sky
Source: Jim Conca (UFA Ventures), Forbes, October 29, 2019. Billions of people spend several hours a day searching for water. So if we could pull water right out of thin air, it would go a long way to achieving global peace and ending global poverty. That’s just what a new technology does. It’s called WEDEW […]

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October 24, 2019
Puget Sound Energy wants 14% increase on natural-gas bills
Source: David Gutman, Seattle Times, October 24, 2019 Puget Sound Energy wants to increase natural-gas bills by 14%, about $8 a month for a typical customer and the latest in a slew of rate increases from local utilities. The utility is adjusting its rates to reflect wholesale natural-gas prices over the past year, which were […]

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October 22, 2019
State regulators approve increase to NW Natural customer rates
Source: UTC, October 21, 2019 State regulators today approved an all-party partial settlement increasing NW Natural customer rates. The three-member commission approved an agreement that increases NW Natural’s natural gas annual revenues by $5.1 million (or 7.8%)—less than the $8.3 million (or 12.6%) the company originally requested. The general rate increase is the first for […]

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October 22, 2019
State clean buildings standard rulemaking process kicks off with Oct. 30 webinar
Source: Washington State Department of Commerce, October 21, 2019 The Washington State Department of Commerce is hosting a public webinar at 2 p.m. PDT on Oct. 30 to introduce the upcoming process that will develop rules for adoption of the state energy performance standard for commercial buildings. The on-line session, which will be recorded and […]

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October 18, 2019
Notice for Grant Funding Opportunity: Scrap and Replace Fossil Fuel Powered School Bus with All-electric School Bus
Source: Washington Department of Ecology, October 2019 Beginning Thursday, October 17, the Washington Department of Ecology will provide about $12,000,000 statewide to help school districts buy all-electric school buses. To help pay for the cost difference between electric and diesel buses, Ecology will provide up to $325,000 per electric bus.  Grant recipients may elect to […]

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