June 18, 2019
Volkswagen to Pay for WA’s New Fleet of Electric Buses
State officials see the money from VW as offering “a critical opportunity” to put more zero-emission vehicles, including school buses, on the streets. Source: Hannah Weinberger, Crosscut, June 18, 2019. In July 2018, the U.S. government forced Volkswagen to pay $30.4 billion to settle claims that the auto maker had intentionally deceived regulators gauging emissions in its diesel […]

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June 14, 2019
IRENA: Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2019
Source: International Renewable Energy Agency, June 2019. The widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies creates employment opportunities up and down the supply chain. Worldwide, the sector employed 11 million people at the end of 2018, according to this sixth edition of the Renewable Energy and Jobs series. More countries were manufacturing, trading and installing renewable […]

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June 11, 2019
Colstrip Steam Electric Station Units 1 and 2 to Retire
Source: Talen Energy Press Release, June 11, 2019. COLSTRIP, Mont., June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Talen Montana, the operator of the Colstrip Steam Electric Station (“Colstrip”), announced that, effective December 31, the owners of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 (Talen Montana and Puget Sound Energy) will permanently retire the units, which have a total 614 megawatt capacity rating. Colstrip’s other two units, […]

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June 11, 2019
Bullitt Foundation Will Wind Down Giving
By Hal Bernton and Evan Bush, Seattle Times, June 11, 2019. The Bullitt Foundation, an agenda-setting funder of the Northwest environmental movement, plans to wind down a quarter-century of grant-giving that has pumped more than $200 million into efforts ranging from restoration projects on the Green River to climate activism, as it pushed the region toward a greener future. The foundation, […]

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May 28, 2019
U.S. Department of Energy: Promoting Advanced Manufacturing & Supercomputing
Earlier this month, DOE convened an InnovationXLab Summit focused on Advanced Manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The event showcased the broad array of technical resources available from DOE’s 17 national laboratories that can be leveraged by industry, investors, universities, and government partners to address challenges in energy innovation.  Secretary Perry provided opening remarks, toured the innovative Xlab […]

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April 16, 2019
K&L Gates’ Energy Storage Handbook 4.0
As a courtesy to clients and friends, the K&L Gates Power practice has updated the Energy Storage Handbook. This Energy Storage Handbook is designed to be a basic primer on what energy storage is, how it is regulated by federal and state governments, and what sorts of issues are encountered when such projects are financed […]

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April 15, 2019
Vashon Bioenergy Farm Ribbon Cutting and Tour
Source: Washington State Department of Commerce, April 8, 2019. The Farm’s Ribbon Cutting and Tour is scheduled to be held on April 16. Vashon Bioenergy Farm is a community-scale bioenergy system on Vashon Island. The project, through Impact Bioenergy, was funded under the Clean Energy Fund II for RD&D, Sustainable Energy Trust, King County Department […]

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April 4, 2019
Climate Change: ‘Magic Bullet’ Carbon Solution Takes Big Step
Source: BBC, Matt McGrath, April The quest for technology for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) from the air received significant scientific endorsement last year with the publication of the IPCC report on keeping the rise in global temperatures to 1.5C this century. In their “summary for policymakers”, the scientists stated that: “All pathways that limit global warming to 1.5C […]

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