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March 28, 2017

The President signed an Executive Order today that puts in motion the reversal of policies and programs that address the ominous advance of climate change. This Order moves our economy and our environment in the wrong direction. Northwesterners care deeply about clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. We want to continue to transition away from fossil fuels. The region’s utilities,

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February 8, 2017

"Ten years ago, Washington state voters, recognizing the imperative need to address climate change and cleaner air, passed Initiative 937, which requires the state’s electrical utilities to use renewable resources for a portion of the electricity they provide to their customers. Many utilities, public and private, balked. But since passage those utilities have been able to meet the initiative’s

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July 21, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. — Decades after water contamination problems started at the Colstrip coal-burning power plant, an agreement filed in court today between conservation groups, the facility’s owners and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will result in far safer disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal-ash waste generated each year by burning coal at the plant. The plant’s coal-ash

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July 14, 2016

Renewable Northwest applauds the diverse parties for resolving clean air litigation over Montana’s coal burning power plants, Colstrip Units 1 and 2, and agreeing that they will retire no later than July 2022. In an historic agreement reached between Puget Sound Energy, Talen Energy, Sierra Club, and Montana Environmental Information Center, shutting down two of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest

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June 1, 2016

Olympia, Washington – Washington State Governor Jay Inslee took a critical step in October and charged the state’s Department of Ecology with developing the Clean Air Rule - a comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction regulation that could facilitate the transition to clean energy. A draft of that rule was made public today and we are pleased that Governor Inslee continues to move Washington along

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April 28, 2016

HELENA, MT – A new marketing campaign will appeal to Montanan’s ‘can-do’ pioneer spirit to build demand for a new energy economy as regional markets gradually shift toward cleaner forms of energy. ‘Charge!’ was unveiled today by the Montana Renewable Energy Association and Renewable Northwest who say Montana can’t afford to wait and see what happens as west coast energy markets continues to move

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April 1, 2016

PORTLAND, Oregon – Renewable Northwest commends the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) for its sound rulings on two Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) dockets, March 29. PURPA was passed to promote independent energy generation and renewable energy by requiring utilities to purchase energy from certain independently developed renewable projects. Idaho Power (docket UM

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March 2, 2016

PORTLAND,Ore. – The Oregon Legislative Assembly today approved a landmark bill that will commit the state to eliminate its use of coal power by 2035 and double the amount of clean, renewable energy serving Oregonians to 50 percent by 2040. Otherwise known as the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan, Senate Bill 1547-B received final approval on the Senate floor today after the Oregon House

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February 29, 2016

Renewable Northwest Analysis Shows Oregon’s Clean Electricity & Coal Transition Plan will eliminate coal and double Renewable Portfolio Standard without increasing costs Today, Renewable Northwest, a nonprofit that supports the environmentally responsible expansion of renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest, released its “Estimated Rate Impacts” analysis report showing the goals of the

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February 15, 2016

SALEM, Ore. -- Today, Oregon’s House of Representatives kept up the energy behind the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition bill (HB 4036) with a bipartisan vote to pass the clean energy legislation. While many Oregonians used this holiday weekend to enjoy the great outdoors, legislators got down to business in a bipartisan 39 to 20 vote to support a bill which sets Oregon on a path to eliminate

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February 11, 2016

"If Oregon’s utilities and clean energy advocates have their way, the state will soon be rapidly accelerating its transition toward a clean energy economy. This month, the Oregon legislature is considering HB 4036, a comprehensive plan crafted by a broad set of stakeholders that would double the state’s commitment to renewable energy, lock in cost-effective efficiency investments, and completely

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February 10, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan pending further review and a final legal decision. We support the Clean Power Plan and are optimistic it will withstand the objections of its detractors upon thorough review by the Supreme Court. “The region is already undergoing a transition away from fossil fuels toward clean

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January 6, 2016

Some great things happening in Oregon that reflect the spirit of collaboration and compromise demonstrated recently in Paris. In recent weeks, a diverse group of utility, energy industry, advocacy organizations and community groups worked together to develop the next generation of energy policy for Oregon, transitioning Oregon away from coal towards more clean, renewable energy. The result is a

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January 2, 2016

The worldwide move toward cleaner energy continued to gain momentum in 2015. Actions at the state, national and international level are all sending an undeniable message that the rise of clean energy is here to stay. As usual, states are leading on clean energy. In May, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to require that all electricity be sourced from renewable resources by 2045. In

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December 18, 2015

This is a great day for renewable energy in America! Coming on the heels of the Paris Agreement, we applaud the news of Congress passing an omnibus appropriations bill that includes extension of both the solar Investment Tax Credit and the wind Production Tax Credit through 2019. This puts an end to years of policy uncertainty and ensures five years of predictability that will encourate

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November 20, 2015

Recent weeks and months have proved to be an exciting time for solar energy in Montana. Homeowners, businesses, electric cooperatives, and large utilities have all shown increasing interest in solar at all scales as prices have declined by more than 80 percent over five years. Rooftop, community, and utility-scale solar energy have all been gaining momentum in Montana over the past year,

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September 29, 2015

“We have incredible potential for wind energy.” – Gov. Steve Bullock, at the first ever Montana Wind Forum, sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association, on Sept. 9 in Bozeman. To date, Montana has developed 665 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, supporting hundreds of well-paying jobs in the state and creating $1.2 billion in capital investment. Montana landowners currently receive

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August 31, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Costs for meeting the state’s renewable energy targets are going down for all three of Washington’s investor-owned electric companies.  The companies told the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) they are on track to meet the state’s renewable energy requirements, and are reporting lower costs to meet those requirements.  “These filings reinforce the trend that we have

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August 17, 2015

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final Clean Power Plan rules last week, the carbon emissions reduction goals for the nation were higher than expected — even more so for Montana. The overall goal is a nationwide carbon emissions reduction of 32 percent below 2005 levels, by 2030. Depending on how carbon pollution is calculated, Montana is responsible for cutting

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August 3, 2015

Renewable Northwest is pleased the federal government is stepping forward with the Clean Power Plan. This is a watershed event that will bring far-reaching economic and environmental benefits to the country and the Pacific Northwest. The new carbon emissions standards established within the Clean Power Plan will contribute directly to improvements in public health, national security, energy

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July 23, 2015

In response to the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA’s) final Record of Decision (ROD) in the current two-year rate case, Cameron Yourkowski, senior policy manager with Renewable Northwest, commented, “We are deeply disappointed with BPA’s decision to continue its outdated practice of ‘pancaking’ rates charged for transmission of power along the 90-mile section of line in Montana known as

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June 20, 2015

Last month energy developers, construction contractors, agricultural producers, city and county officials, legislators, conservationists and more gathered to celebrate 10 years of Montana’s Renewable Portfolio Standard with Governor Bullock in Helena. The Renewable Portfolio Standard, or “RPS,” is the 2005 landmark legislation that launched renewable energy in Montana by requiring utilities to

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June 2, 2015

The announcement made today by the Northwest Power Pool Market Coordination (NWPP MC) effort marks an important step toward modernizing the regional grid so that it can provide reliable and efficient electricity service—and accommodate the increasing demand for clean energy resources. Renewable Northwest has urged Northwest utilities to form a regional Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) for the past

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May 21, 2015

Over 100 attendees came to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Montana's Renewable Portfolio Standard at "Powering Up: Renewable Energy and Its Economic Benefits for Montana", held in Helena on May 20th. Click here for more event details, including video remarks from Senator Jon Tester : http://www.rnp.org/node/powering-conference-celebrating-10-years-montanas-rps   See below for the great media

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May 5, 2015

(U.S. Senate) – After the hottest year in recorded history, Senator Jon Tester wants Montana to become a renewable energy leader by tapping into the state’s geothermal energy resources. Tester’s Geothermal Energy Opportunity Act would allow oil and gas developers on public lands to also harness geothermal potential without having to go through a lengthy approval process. The bill would also

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May 2, 2015

In 2013 the competition among resources to supply the world with electric energy may have tipped inexorably toward clean energy. That was the year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), when more new clean energy capacity was constructed to serve electric demand than all new fossil fuels resources combined, worldwide. Going forward, “clean energy resources” (wind, solar, hydro and

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March 14, 2015

Wind energy contributed significantly more new electricity to power the nation than any other resource last year, according to recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA predicts the trend will continue in 2015, expecting 9.8 gigawatts of wind energy to be developed nationwide or about half of the generating capacity to come online this year. The data

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February 13, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) has introduced House Bill 2073 to enhance the consumer and health benefits of Washington's new renewables and energy efficiency law, Initiative 937 (the Energy Independence Act). Fey's Clean Energy Choice Act provides a framework for discussion of new resource development after 2020, when I-937's new renewables standard plateaus at 15 percent, by

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February 6, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash.--Washington’s legislature must substantially improve a proposal to transition the state fully off coal-fired electricity and onto renewable energy and energy efficiency. That’s the takeaway message from reactions to a new legislative proposal to replace Puget Sound Energy’s dirty coal-fired electricity from its Colstrip power plant in Montana, which produces as much carbon

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January 29, 2015

New polling released today shows that Oregon voters support a transition from coal power to clean, renewable resources by 2025 by a margin of 71%.  The polling, sponsored by the Sierra Club, queried voters on a legislative bill sponsored by Senator Chris Edwards (SD-7) and Representative Tobias Read (HD 27). Renewable Northwest is pleased to see broad support for renewable energy across Oregon.

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January 3, 2015

  Two weeks is all the wind energy industry had in 2014 to start construction on new wind projects and qualify for the production tax credit (PTC), a key component to wind energy’s growth over recent years. While there was much joy that Congress included the PTC in its tax package, two weeks is barely enough time to buy holiday gifts for loved ones, let alone enough time for an energy development

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December 17, 2014

Today, Governor Inslee announced a climate initiative that will help Washington reach its carbon emissions reduction goals and support a clean energy economy. Broadly speaking, the plan places a cap on carbon emissions in a way that generates revenue to fund education, transportation and emissions reductions programs. Renewable Northwest commends Governor Inslee for his leadership on climate and

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December 1, 2014

Renewable Northwest applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for acting to regulate carbon pollution from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, through its proposed Clean Power Plan. We strongly support EPA adopting new regulations in a strengthened final form by June 1, 2015. Power plants are the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. Significant

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November 14, 2014

Renewable Northwest is pleased to welcome two new policy staff to their team. Hillary Barbour joined Renewable Northwest as their Policy Director in Portland, Oregon. She will oversee policy activities with key decision makers and allies across the organization’s four states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Kelly Hall has also joined Renewable Northwest as their Washington Policy Advocate

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October 22, 2014

Portland, Ore. -- At 11:04 a.m. on Tuesday, Portland General Electric became the first BPA customer to schedule energy in 15-minute increments. BPA began offering the opportunity to schedule energy in intervals less than 30 minutes for the first time yesterday. Historically, our region’s power producers have scheduled energy transactions on the hour and, more recently, on the half hour. The

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September 29, 2014

Last week Gov. Bullock started an important conversation on Montana’s energy future when he released a new report prepared by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The report outlines five scenarios for how the state could meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon emissions reductions for 2030. The five scenarios take different paths to arriving at EPA’s

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September 19, 2014

Helena, Mont.-- Today, Montana Governor Bullock introduced a new white paper authored by Montana's Department of Environmental Quality laying out various compliance pathways for the state to reach the emission’s rate goals proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.  All of the potential pathways include the use of renewable energy as a compliance mechanism. "We

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September 9, 2014

Helena, Mont.- Today, Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced the state's sage grouse conservation plan, designed with stakeholder input, to balance the necessary protection of the species with appropriate development and use of Montana's resources. "We congratulate Governor Bullock for his work to craft a Montana-made solution for sage grouse conservation," said Jeff Fox Montana, policy

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September 8, 2014

HELENA, Mont. – Montana’s renewable energy standard has been successful in bringing new economic development to rural parts of Montana and has had little, if any, impact on the rates that customers pay for their electricity, according to a study by state legislators. The Legislature’s Energy and Communications Interim Committee spent the past year and a half assessing the costs and benefits of

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July 10, 2014

This week, the Department of Energy convened a conference at Lewis and Clark College as part of a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) to assess the electric grid’s strengths and weaknesses in the face of climate change. As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the QER is taking a close look at transmission, storage and distribution in order to improve reliability and resiliency as the

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June 2, 2014

Portland, Ore. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft Clean Air Act rules that require existing power plants, including coal-burning plants,  to reduce their carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. Renewable Northwest, the region’s leading renewable energy advocacy group, commends the EPA and President Obama for helping to seriously reduce carbon emissions with this plan. The

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May 8, 2014

We were extremely honored to receive the Western Regional Leadership Award from the U.S. Department of Energy at the WINDExchange Summit in Las Vegas this week. The award recognizes our work in the Northwest to expand market opportunities for responsible wind energy development. The Department chose to present Renewable Northwest with the award at this gathering that occurred just prior to the

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April 21, 2014

Recently the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, this one detailing the current and expected impacts from climate change.The report is the latest in a series of undeniable signals that the U.S. and the world will and must get serious about addressing climate change and the carbon emissions that primarily drive it. Another signal comes from the

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April 2, 2014

Salem, Ore.—Today Governor John Kitzhaber signed HB 4126 to preserve Oregon’s highly successful Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The bill is the result of a diverse stakeholder process convened by the Governor to address a ballot measure, which would have gutted the state’s RPS by allowing existing hydropower to count towards the standard. Renewable Northwest commends the Governor for his

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March 14, 2014

In honor of Renewable Northwest’s 20th anniversary, several members of the Northwest delegation have sent congratulatory letters to mark the occasion. The letters celebrate Renewable Northwest’s multiple accomplishments in the region that have resulted in over 7,600 megawatts of new, renewable energy resources, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Wrote Senator Maria Cantwell, “Over the

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March 12, 2014

Over 400 well-wishers gathered on March 6th to celebrate Renewable Northwest Project’s 20th anniversary and to mark the region’s progress on new, clean, renewable resources. The diverse group of energy community participants, ranging from college students to senior utility officials, toasted the group’s successes and delighted in the “Wizard of Oz” theme for the evening by donning their ruby

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February 13, 2014

Portland, Ore. – Today the Bonneville Power Administration issued its draft Record of Decision on the Oversupply Management Protocol, which sets policy during over-generation events in high water years.  This is the first decision that Elliot Mainzer has issued since being named BPA’s Administrator. Renewable Northwest Project appreciates that Mainzer acknowledges the benefits of renewable

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January 27, 2014

Montana has probably generated more electricity than we consume for nearly a century, ever since some of the state’s first hydroelectric dams were completed. Our excess electric generation is exported to neighboring states by wire, bolstering our economy and our standing as an energy state. Today we export about half of all of the electricity we generate, some from wind farms, some from

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January 27, 2014

Today, the Department of Energy announced that Elliot Mainzer would officially take over as the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration. Renewable Northwest Project commends the DOE for its decision and moving the agency forward under Mainzer's leadership. Naming Mainzer the official BPA Administrator is the first step in moving past the recent upheaval over the BPA hiring practices

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November 22, 2013

In an order issued on November 21st, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) agreed with the long-standing concerns raised by Renewable Northwest Project and its members with respect to the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) wind and solar integration policies. FERC rejected portions of BPA's Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), including certain sections that pertain to BPA's

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November 11, 2013

Today for Veteran's Day, we honor the men and women who have served our country in the military. Because a surprising amount of military veterans decide to work in the renewable energy industry after their military commitments, we wanted to highlight one of their stories. Paul Rummell started his career in the Air Force and today works for Iberdrola Renewables in their National Control Center in

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October 22, 2013

In recent weeks, critics have taken renewed aim at a voter-approved state law requiring electric utilities to invest in new renewable-energy resources. The Energy Independence Act, they say, has significantly increased costs to consumers and has hurt the state’s economy. But as the chairman of the state commission responsible for ensuring that privately owned utilities comply with the act, I

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September 23, 2013

Austin, TX – Customer participation in voluntary green power programs increased by 13.1% across more than 60 utilities in the Northwest between 2010 and 2012, according to a new report released today from the Renewable Northwest Project.  RNP annually summarizes the progress of these programs in its report, “Powerful Choices.”  This growth exceeds previous years and demonstrates continued public

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September 19, 2013

Wind energy advocates have long touted Montana’s wind energy potential while wistfully eyeing markets outside the immediate region. Those markets are all but inaccessible, they say, because the state lacks the transmission capacity to reach them. A relatively simple upgrade of the Montana-to-Washington transmission line would greatly increase that capacity and allow the state to better live up

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August 6, 2013

"Today, the Energy Department released two new reports highlighting record highs for U.S. wind energy production and manufacturing and demonstrating America’s continued leadership in this rapidly growing global industry. Wind energy is now the fastest growing source of power in the United States – representing 43 percent of all new U.S. electric generation capacity in 2012 and $25 billion in new

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August 5, 2013

  Earlier this month, NorthWestern Energy officially dedicated its new 40-megawatt wind farm, Spion Kop, near Great Falls. The wind farm is already exceeding expectations and NorthWestern Energy deemed it a “phenomenal” energy resource providing cheap, clean energy for thousands of Montana households. Energy from the wind farm will cost approximately $54 per megawatt-hour, nearly $10 per

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July 24, 2013

Portland, Ore. – Today the Acting Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration, Elliot Mainzer, released BPA’s Final Record of Decision on the biennial regional rate case.  Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) is disappointed that BPA has decided not to remove the duplicative transmission charge for energy coming out of Montana.  Eliminating this rate represents a zero cost approach to

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July 10, 2013

GEYSER — Wind at NorthWestern Energy’s new 40-megawatt wind farm, called Spion Kop, is “phenomenal,” said John Hines, the regulated utility’s vice president of supply. “The wind here to date has been better than we had even hoped for,” Hines said at the site Tuesday, as a light breeze blew during an official dedication. “So we’re getting more energy produced here on a unit basis than any of our

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July 8, 2013

Yesterday, the Washington Governor Jay Inslee, First Wind and Avista commemorated the generation of 150,000 MWh’s at the Palouse Wind Project south of Spokane, Washington. Stated Rachel Shimshak, RNP executive director, "Congratulations to First Wind and Avista on the success of the Palouse Wind Project in Eastern Washington, where it is bringing jobs and economic development. We hope to see many

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July 5, 2013

My family has been ranching near Springdale for five generations now. It’s never been easy. Like most Montana ranchers, I have a tough time making a living off the land. I have one untapped resource that could meaningfully improve the economics of my ranch. It’s the incessant wind. I could harness the wind’s power with turbines and sell the generated electricity. I’ve spent nearly 10 years

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July 3, 2013

As we celebrate Independence this July 4th, we are reminded of the value of America’s energy independence through renewable energy projects. In a new video, we share the experiences of veterans who served proudly in the military abroad and now serve and protect their country by developing clean, renewable energy. Happy 4th of July! Please watch and share the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

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June 25, 2013

Salem, Ore. – Today Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed several energy and conservation-related bills into law in a ceremony at the state capital. As a package, the bills are consistent with the goals of the Governor’s 10-year plan to support clean energy.  The ceremony occurred just moments before President Obama’s speech on climate change delivered from the nation’s capital. Renewable

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June 21, 2013

This week, FERC conditionally accepted ColumbiaGrid’s Order 1000 compliance filing, requiring additional improvements in two key areas: cost allocation and the measurement of benefits. Renewable Northwest Project applauds the efforts of ColumbiaGrid and it’s members to improve the regional transmission planning and cost allocation process. The filing represents a significant improvement from the

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June 5, 2013

The region’s leading renewable energy advocacy group, Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), applauds Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for signing Senate Bill 252 into law today. RNP encourages Northwest leaders to follow Colorado’s example towards building a cleaner energy future. The bill, “Setting Renewable Energy Standards for Rural Colorado,” increases the state’s renewable energy standard (

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June 4, 2013

Portland, Ore. – Yesterday the Portland General Electric Company (PGE) announced plans to construct a new wind farm in Southeastern Washington. In addition to a new natural gas plant in Boardman, Oregon, PGE has acquired the development rights to phase two of the Lower Snake River wind farm near Dayton, Washington, northeast of Walla Walla. The power plants represent PGE's choice for the least

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May 31, 2013

The Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Jon Wellinghoff, submitted his resignation via letter to President Barack Obama on May 29th, stating that he will stay in his position until a new commissioner is confirmed. Stated Rachel Shimshak, RNP’s executive director, of the Chairman’s announcement: “Chairman Wellinghoff has been an excellent leader for FERC and has played a

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May 21, 2013

The region’s leading renewable energy advocacy organization, Renewable Northwest Project, is pleased to announce that on May 15, BPA rate case parties came to a settlement agreement regarding the operation and rates for renewable energy resource integration in the Northwest. The settlement agreement will allow the parties to move forward in addressing integration issues in a constructive and

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May 18, 2013

Seven years ago, Washington voters made the smart choice to invest in the state by supporting renewable energy. Washington voters passed Initiative 937, which created a clean energy standard. The law requires the state’s large electric utilities to incrementally increase their electricity from new renewable resources to 15 percent by 2020. This choice has paid off. Washington has seen more than

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May 9, 2013

RNP applauds the Oregon House of Representatives for their passage this week of a bill that clarifies an element in the state’s Emissions Performance Standard (EPS). The EPS establishes the maximum amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that are permitted for electricity generating plants used to serve Oregon customers. Senate Bill 242, which passed by a 44-15 vote, fixes the language of the

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April 22, 2013

Salem, OR – A new report issued today on Earth Day by the region’s leading renewable energy advocacy organization shows that the amount of investment in renewable energy manufacturing and projects in Oregon now totals over $9 billion. Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) analyzed 2012 state economic development data and found that the $9 billion of cumulative investment in the state has resulted in

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April 18, 2013

Olympia, WA – 13 renewable energy companies and advocacy groups issued a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee today urging support of Senate Bill 5896. If passed, the bill would extend the renewable sales and use tax exemption, which has provided a tangible incentive for clean energy businesses to locate their projects in the state. The policy will otherwise expire in June. The policy results

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April 3, 2013

Portland, Ore. -The region’s leading renewable energy advocacy group, Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), announced today that its office has been LEED® Gold certified. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human

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March 31, 2013

YOU might call it the power of the people. Washington voters in 2006 approved the state’s clean-energy law, Initiative 937, setting new standards for energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. It was a vote for clean energy, new economic investment and a brighter future. If you’re following the state legislative session, you might think voters were mistaken. Our legislators introduced more

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March 20, 2013

Most companies on the Fortune 100 list have adopted policies to increase their use of renewable energy. The reason is simple: Renewable energy is good business. America’s largest, most-successful businesses know that renewable energy diversifies their energy supplies, which, among other benefits, can smooth out the volatile price-swings common among traditional energy sources. Renewables also

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March 14, 2013

In 2005, the Montana Legislature had the forethought to pass renewable energy portfolio standards that defined renewable energy and required state utilities to have a portion of their energy portfolio derived from these sources. The legislation started the portfolio requirements at 5 percent, increasing to 15 percent by 2015. Currently, the two largest public utility companies in Montana —

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February 28, 2013

Portland, Ore. - The region’s leading renewable energy advocacy group, Renewable Northwest Project, today announced that Varner Seaman has joined the group in the role of Policy Director.  In this position, he will work to advance policies for renewable energy in the Northwest with key decision makers. Seaman brings extensive political and renewables expertise to this role. Previously, he worked

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February 21, 2013

Following industry contractions, a general economic slump, national uncertainty, and a rollback of state tax credits, Oregon could be looking at an uptick in the renewable energy market as a number of utilities around the region look to power down coal plants. Rachel Shimshak, executive director of the Renewable Northwest Project, told the wind energy community Tuesday that a rejuvenated market

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February 19, 2013

February 19, 2013 - Clean energy advocates and leaders from across the West are urging policymakers to enact policies and support investments in renewable energy and efficiency that would modernize our electric system while slashing greenhouse gas emissions. With President Obama calling for action to address climate disruption in his State of the Union address, and thousands of others marching

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February 13, 2013

Olympia, WA – Despite its rainy reputation, Washington has a lot of solar potential, and today, the legislature took the first step to expanding consumer access to solar energy in the state. The House Environment Committee heard public testimony for a bill (HB 1106/SB 5707) that would make solar cheaper and more accessible to thousands of Washington homeowners, small businesses, nonprofits,

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February 12, 2013

Proposed EIM Marks Positive Step for Renewables In an announcement this morning, PacifiCorp and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) have taken the first steps towards creating a real-time energy imbalance market (EIM). States Rachel Shimshak, Renewable Northwest Project executive director, “This announcement marks a positive step forward in modernizing the Western electric grid

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February 8, 2013

Portland, Ore. (February 7, 2013) - The region’s leading renewable energy advocacy group, Renewable Northwest Project, today announced that Amy Baird has joined the group as Communications Manager.  In this role, she will support RNP’s advocacy goals with strategic communications and active engagement with regional reporters. Baird brings a wealth of communications experience to her new role. She

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January 31, 2013

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a federal power marketing agency and utility system operator in the Pacific Northwest, notched a new system wind generation record of 4,344 megawatts (MW) on January 29 at 7:15 p.m. Pacific time. The new record surpasses BPA's old wind generation mark of 4,289 MW, and came in the middle of a period of more than 60 hours during which wind generation never

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January 28, 2013

Rachel Shimshak, RNP's Executive Director, is featured in Climate Solutions' video for the their annual Harvesting Clean Energy conference. In "Harvesting Wind Power," Rachel speaks to the success of wind energy in Sherman County, Oregon and how it has helped to rebuild the economy for the rural community. Click here to watch the video.

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January 16, 2013

Portland, Ore. – The region's leading renewable energy advocacy organization today welcomed the announcement by US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu of Bill Drummond as the new Bonneville Power Administrator. BPA is a federal agency that markets 40% of the region's power and owns and operates over 70% of the region's transmission. "We extend our warm congratulations to Bill Drummond on

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January 2, 2013

Note from RNP: This new year was made especially happy with the extension of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for renewable energy. The PTC has helped stimulate over $12 billion in clean energy investment in the region and create jobs and economic vitality in both rural and urban areas of the Northwest. We are especially grateful to Senator Max Baucus and to the members of the Northwest

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December 20, 2012

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday upheld its year-ago ruling that found that the Bonneville Power Administration was discriminating against wind power produces in its plan to require wind farms to power down during times of oversupply of power due to high water runoff. In the ruling issued Thursday, FERC essentially said while BPA was doing better in its equitable handling of

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December 17, 2012

SALEM, Ore. (December 17, 2012) -- Governor John Kitzhaber today challenged all Oregonian’s to reach beyond our current energy goals to achieve even greater advances in energy conservation and renewable energy use. A diverse coalition of environmental, clean energy and public interest groups is issuing the following joint response: Governor Kitzhaber’s Ten Year Energy Plan acknowledges the

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December 17, 2012

Gov. John Kitzhaber on Monday released the final version of his 10-Year Energy Action Plan, an outline for energy policy and focus for Oregon that sets out to improve energy efficiency across the state, boost clean energy development and accelerate the transition to a cleaner transportation system. The final version follows months of public comment and revision of the draft of the plan , which

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December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 6, 2012 – SolarCity was today honored by Inc. Magazine with its prestigious ‘Hire Power’ award that recognizes the Top Job Creators in the U.S.  SolarCity, a national leader in clean energy services, ranked among the Top 10 out of a list of 100 private companies that were credited for generating the largest number of American jobs in the past three years. SolarCity ranked

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November 27, 2012

Energy is the issue of our time. No other issue will have a greater impact on our future, our air quality, our water resources, our economy, and our quality of life. The central question is whether we will shape our energy and economic future through sustained strategic investment and development, or whether we will allow other nations’ economic and energy policies to shape us. This is what

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November 25, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. - Members of one segment of the American workforce -- veterans -- are speaking out on behalf of wind energy development, in Oregon and across the country. Many military veterans say their experiences in the oil-rich Middle East have convinced them that the United States should be doing more to encourage alternative energy sources. Some, including Nate Sandvig of Portland, have

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November 25, 2012

When businesses harness Montana’s wind energy, private landowners, local and state governments and workers share the benefits. More than a dozen wind farms scattered across Montana have a total electricity generating capacity of 647 megawatts. They represent $1.3 billion in capital investment, creation of 1,319 construction jobs and 86 permanent jobs. Together, they paid $5.4 million in taxes in

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November 20, 2012

Thanks in large part to Anaconda’s mining and smelting legacy that goes back nearly 100 years, the Anaconda area benefits from unusually robust electrical infrastructure. In 2007, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County decided to target electrical generation as a key part of the county’s economic development strategy. We landed our first big electrical development project when NorthWestern Energy located

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November 19, 2012

BOISE, Idaho – November 19, 2012 (NYSE MKT: HTM; TSX: GTH) U.S. Geothermal Inc., a leading renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, announced today that on November 16, 2012 its wholly owned subsidiary, USG Oregon LLC, achieved commercial operation at the Neal Hot Springs project located near Vale, Oregon. Under the terms of

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November 14, 2012

Renewable Northwest Project is seeking contributions for the newly established Paul Woodin Memorial Scholarship, which will provide support for the education of Northwest students at the Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) Renewable Energy Technology Program. Paul Woodin passed away on March 2, 2012, but his legacy as leading innovator, advocate and renewable energy facilitator is indelible

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November 8, 2012

THERE has been a lot of debate about the wisdom of government investment in clean energy. A guest column by Todd Myers [“Subsidizing green industry is like propping up a kid’s lemonade stand,” Opinion, Oct. 11] likened it to parents paying for all the lemons and sugar for their kid’s lemonade stand, and getting nothing in return. But in Washington, the actual examples of government investment in

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October 23, 2012

"Last Tuesday morning, wind farms plugged into the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission network hit a new generation record of 4,289 megawatts. In fact, earlier the same morning, wind farms exceeded the output of the federal hydroelectric system -- the first time that wind energy surpassed water energy in the region." That paragraph from the article in The Oregonian notes a historic

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October 4, 2012

It’s easy to forget sometimes that most governments are designed to move slowly and methodically, as to help maintain an equilibrium in society.  However, in the face of increasing signs of climate change, this slow pace can be thoroughly frustrating.  Whether your government’s reactions to global warming have made you wallow or feel uncharacteristically violent, often focusing on the good that

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September 27, 2012

Electric companies lauded by NW Energy Coalition for efficiencies achieved Regional electricity providers Avista Utilities and Inland Power & Light Co., both of Spokane, have recorded impressive accomplishments during the first reporting period for Washington's clean energy law, Initiative 937, says a primary sponsor of the law voters passed in 2006. That sponsor, NW Energy Coalition, says

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September 21, 2012

Submit Your Northwest Renewable Energy Fall Photo Today! Renewable Northwest Project is launching our Harvest Photo Contest! Post your Fall themed renewable energy photos to our FaceBook page for your chance to win RNP prizes and have your photo featured on our website. With autumn upon us, Renewable Northwest Project is calling on photographers of all kinds to join in celebrating beautiful

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September 19, 2012

NaturEner USA has given Toole and Glacier Counties, and the State of Montana, millions of reasons to celebrate. And when the tax bills go out again next month, there will be millions more coming into county and state coffers thanks to NaturEner’s nearly $1 billion investment in the wind energy business in north central Montana. “And we’re not done yet,” promised Greg Copeland, Director of

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September 12, 2012

RNP Board Secretary and Climate Solutions Policy Director, KC Golden, has been honored with the prestigious Heinz Award for his work promoting clean energy solutions and sustainable prosperity!   Click here to learn more about his remarkable work: http://www.heinzawards.net/recipients/kc-golden

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September 8, 2012

An Oregonian editorial recently asked: Why not let the wind tax credit expire? (Aug. 28) The answer: Letting the wind energy production tax credit die will hurt our economy, environment, energy needs and security at the local, state and national levels. Just look at what wind energy has done in Oregon. According to the Renewable Northwest Project, a renewable energy trade association, wind

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September 7, 2012

A generator that makes electricity from wave power is being prepared for installation some two and a half miles off the Oregon coast. Jason Busch, executive director of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, discusses the project and why some Oregon residents are looking to the sea as a source of renewable energy.   Listen now: http://sciencefriday.com/segment/09/07/2012/oregon-power-project-needs-the-

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September 5, 2012

SEATTLE (September 5, 2012) –Solar panels and recycling bins are becoming as common as hot dog vendors for professional sports teams and their venues, according to a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council, in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance. The new report reveals the collective impact the uniquely influential professional sports industry is having on

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September 5, 2012

Portland, Ore. (September 05, 2012) - Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), a leading regional non-profit advocacy group, today announced the hire of a new staff member. Michael O'Brien joined Renewable Northwest Project as a Policy Associate, bringing a depth of experience to the organization's policy team. O'Brien will analyze renewable energy and siting policy as well as support Renewable

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August 16, 2012

In 1927, long before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his Rural Electrification Administration (REA) brought electricity to the countryside, Marcellus Jacobs from eastern Montana invented the three-bladed wind turbine for electricity production. At night, the Jacobs family farm provided the best advertisement for the effectiveness of his new technology, basking alone in the glow of

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June 23, 2012

While great strides have been made in recent years to facilitate the responsible development of new high voltage electrical transmission in the state, Montana has one transmission opportunity you probably haven’t heard about that should take priority ahead of all the rest. Officially known as the Montana-to-Washington Transmission System Upgrade, the proposed project would involve a partnership

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June 13, 2012

Portland, Ore. (June 13, 2012) - Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), the region’s leading renewable energy advocacy group, today announced the hire of a new staff member. Dina Dubson joined Renewable Northwest Project as Staff Counsel, bringing added talent to the organization’s policy team. Dubson will advocate for clean energy in state and federal regulatory proceedings. Dubson brings a wealth

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June 5, 2012

SALEM, Ore. (June 5, 2012) -- Governor Kitzhaber today announced the public posting of Oregon’s draft 10-Year Energy Plan. A diverse coalition of environmental, clean-energy and public-interest groups is issuing the following joint response: We thank Governor Kitzhaber for bringing Oregonians together to focus on a 10-year energy plan. A strong energy plan for Oregon requires both near-term and

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June 2, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles about businesses and industries introduced or with significant growth in northcentral Montana in the past decade.  Next month the Tribune looks at the Great Falls operations of the medical processing company, Centene. A decade ago wind energy proposals in Montana were working to attract investors. Today commercial wind parks have the

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May 31, 2012

The Pivotal Leaders program named its 2012 class Thursday, recognizing executives in the Pacific Northwest who've been singled out for their leadership in the cleantech industry. The new leaders, a who's-who list from Oregon and Washington, will join the program which has honored 47 executives and individuals since it was launched in 2010. The brainchild of Portland venture capital firm Pivotal

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May 29, 2012

BOISE, IDAHO, May 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- U.S. Geothermal Inc. CA:GTH 0.00% (nyse mkt:HTM) HTM +5.56% , a leading renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, today announced that its construction contractor has provided a notice of mechanical completion for the first of three 7.3 net megawatt, air cooled power

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May 16, 2012

Three out of four of my bosses in my cleantech career have been women, so it is no surprise to me to finally see growing attention being paid to women’s leadership in cleantech as executives, financiers, influencers as well as leading researchers, advocates, and policy leaders. Despite the small sample size, I would say the trend extends to the cleantech analyst space as well as Pike Research'

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May 4, 2012

Regional partners recently gathered for the Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) Partners Summit to discuss and support the school's renowned Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program. The Summit was held on the banks of the great Columbia River at the Maryhill Museum of Art: a regional cultural treasure and unique renewable energy success story. One of the first RET programs officially

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May 3, 2012

Renewable energy resources are an important part of Washington’s past, and are demonstrating new benefits that can positively shape our future economy, communities and environment. Taxpayers deserve the truth about energy sources and policies that shape how they are used. All energy resources used in the United States are the result of policy, so as we continue to invest in energy and optimize

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May 3, 2012

RNP member, First Wind, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its Palouse Wind Project in Whitman County, Washington. The project, expected to be fully operational by year end, will have the capability to produce 105 MWs of power. It is expected to create 100-200 jobs during construction and will generate approximately $12 million in property tax revenues over the next 20 years to benefit the

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May 1, 2012

Every two years, NorthWestern Energy, the electricity supplier for most Bozeman-area residents, submits a Supply Procurement Plan to the Montana Public Service Commission. The plan provides a snapshot of the energy resources the utility currently uses, as well as a 20-year outlook on the utility’s future plans and operating conditions. If you care about consumer rates, reliable service, and the

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April 30, 2012

The Bonneville Power Administration twice ordered Pacific Northwest wind farms to cut production in recent days because it has a surplus of power from hydroelectric dams. The agency, which manages much of the power grid in the Northwest, confirmed it issued the orders during the early morning hours of Sunday and Monday, when demand is low. The action rekindles a dispute from last year, when the

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April 30, 2012

Portland, Ore. (April 30, 2012) – This week, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) issued wind power curtailments, a policy the Federal Energy Regularly Commission previously rejected in a December 7, 2011 ruling. Rachel Shimshak, executive director of non-profit advocacy group Renewable Northwest Project, issued this statement:   Given a full year to plan ahead, we are disappointed that BPA is

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April 27, 2012

Maryhill Museum of Art, with its hybrid of serious museum and mansion of oddities, is adding another dimension to its lofty perch high above the Columbia River Gorge. The museum opened its season on March 15 after its annual closure for the winter months. But a lot has been happening in those months: On May 12 and 13, Maryhill unveils its new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, a roughly $10

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April 26, 2012

Salmon advocates say they have new information that shows that spilling more water over dams may actually benefit fish. The news has implications for wind power generators as they look toward another spring season of possible shutdowns. Though it isn’t yet clear whether Northwest power generators face another season of power oversupply — a condition that stems from high water levels in the

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April 23, 2012

Whether or not the 450-mile, 500kv Mountain States Transmission Intertie — MSTI — line is built, one fresh idea that has come out of the process is the creation of a citizens-based study group to help the average person’s voice be heard. State and federal agencies have the reputation for not listening to the “folks on the ground” who are directly affected by such projects as MSTI. A clear

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April 15, 2012

Last month the Environmental Protection Agency set carbon emissions limits on new coal plants. Environmental groups swooned. Coal executives ground their teeth. It's progress, sort of. The EPA announcement, while welcome, contrasts sharply with last year's decision, by Portland General Electric and the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, to terminate coal operations at the Boardman power

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April 5, 2012

CENTRAL OREGON—USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is issuing a decision authorizing a demonstration project to evaluate the potential for producing energy through the use of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) technology near Newberry Volcano. If successful, this project could advance EGS technology and facilitate the development of a domestic, renewable, clean energy option for the United States

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April 5, 2012

SolarCity: leading the industry through innovation RNP is pleased to share exciting news about one of our members: FastCompany magazine named SolarCity one of the World's Most Innovative Companies of 2012, ranking it among the top ten, alongside global innovators like Google, Amazon and Apple. The California-based solar energy services company is no stranger to industry accolades. Since its

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March 30, 2012

Portland, Ore. -- Following today’s Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) reciprocity tariff filing and the related December 7, 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order rejecting BPA’s  “Environmental Redispatch and No Negative Pricing policy,” Rachel Shimshak, executive director of non-profit advocacy group Renewable Northwest Project, issued this statement:   While we appreciate

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March 27, 2012

Excerpt from 15 March 2012 Argus US Electricity article, "BPA redispatch motives challenged":Interest groups and fish scientists in the Pacific northwest say the Bonneville Power Administration instituted its environmental redispatch policy used during times of regional overgeneration for economic rather than environmental reasons.     RNP obtained special editor's permission to post this

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March 26, 2012

Montana voters have spoken, and they are overwhelmingly in favor of renewable energy. Two impartial polls, one conducted in Montana and another in six Western states, illustrate the extent to which Western voters support renewable energy development and policies. Both polls were conducted by a bipartisan team that includes Republican pollster Lori Weigel with Public Opinion Strategies, and

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March 22, 2012

As highlighted recently by the Jan. 19 Sustainable Life's Green Wheels special section, as well as the Tribune's "Innovative design comes in new Boxx" (Jan. 26) and the Forest Grove News-Times' "Electric Chargers come to Forest Grove"(Feb. 15), the electric vehicle market in Oregon is expanding, bringing with it new innovative industries, job growth and consumer savings. As environmental

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March 21, 2012

Strong winds generated 4,000 megawatts onto the Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission grid on a single day this month. That’s as much as four nuclear power plants. This spike comes at a time when the Pacific Northwest grid already has an abundance of power. That’s because rivers are running high as the snow melts. Spring salmon runs also complicate the system. The fish need a certain

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March 20, 2012

As a former wilderness ranger, I’d like to think I am more likely than most to notice the intrusion of industrial infrastructure on the landscape. Yet, I am often struck by how little I notice one of the state’s largest transmission lines on my commute between Helena and Bozeman. On the stretch of U.S. 287 between Winston and Townsend, it’s the road itself that most often catches my eye: an

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March 20, 2012

  Portland, Ore. - Wind turbines in the Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission grid generated over 4,000 megawatts for the first time on Sunday, March 11, producing nearly twice as much energy as that generated by coal, gas and nuclear plants connected to BPA’s system at that time. Wind generation on BPA’s system surpassed the 4,000 megawatt milestone at 3:22 p.m., reaching a new all-

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March 13, 2012

VANCOUVER -- Encouraged by the results of a five-month study, west coast leaders on Tuesday night vowed to create up to a million new jobs in the "clean economy" within the next 10 years. Leaders from the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) -- B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and California Secretary of Natural Resource

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March 10, 2012

The Montana Public Service Commission and Northwestern Energy have recently come together to create a real “win-win” for clean wind energy and Montana’s electricity rate payers. PSC commissioners just approved Northwestern Energy’s Spion Kop (spy-in-cop) wind project in central Montana, about 35 miles south east of Great Falls. It will produce 40 megawatts of power, or about enough electricity

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March 6, 2012

Portland, Ore. -- Following today’s Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) filing in response the December 7, 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling on the “Environmental Redispatch and No Negative Pricing policy,” Rachel Shimshak, executive director of non-profit advocacy group Renewable Northwest Project, issued this statement:   Bonneville’s response to FERC still does not

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March 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2012–They are a family that’s becoming increasingly common in the U.S. these days: The American wind power family. Eric Melbardis, an operations manager at EDP Renewables North America’s Kittitas wind power facility in Kittitas County, Wash., wife Sharon, and daughter Emma recently vacationed in Washington, D.C., “to see our [nation’s] capital,” as Eric says. The

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March 1, 2012

Pacific Power will start construction in May on its first commercial-scale solar project in Oregon, the utility announced today. Swinerton Builders, which has offices in Portland and headquarters in San Francisco, Calif., will install the 9,000 panels for the two-megawatt solar project. The project’s cost is not being released. The project, which will span 21 acres near Lakeview, is called the “

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February 29, 2012

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Feb. 29, 2012) – Washington’s newest and largest wind farm – the Lower Snake River Wind Facility-Phase I – today began commercial operations, providing Puget Sound Energy’s 1.1 million electric customers with more renewable, emissions-free power. The new facility’s 149 wind turbines – set among the wind-blown farm lands of Garfield County, in southeast Washington – will generate

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February 27, 2012

A recent bipartisan public opinion survey shows that three quarters of Montana voters are strongly supportive of increasing the state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025. According to the survey, Montanans believe that clean energy is key to future economic growth and creates job. Montana voters support renewable energy for several reasons, including the connection to job growth,

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February 22, 2012

Capital investment to date in Washington energy produced from wind, solar, geothermal and biomass has exceeded $7.9 billion, according to data released by Renewable Northwest Project, a regional nonprofit advocacy group. "This is a pivotal time for economic recovery and environmental protection, and Washington's renewable energy resources are delivering the solutions we need," said Rachel

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February 22, 2012

Some Washington state lawmakers want to scale-back the state's voter-approved renewable energy targets in the name of reducing the burden on utility ratepayers at a time of continued high unemployment. But renewable energy's backers say the Washington Energy Independence Act has helped attract $7.9bn of investment in the state, employing hundreds of people. Washington lawmakers have

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February 21, 2012

Investment in wind energy and other “new” energy sources — solar, geothermal and biomass — is proving to be a big time windfall as Washington’s economy pulls out of the Great Recession. Capital investment in so-called clean energy has reached $7.9 billion, according to data compiled by the Renewable Northwest Project, a regional non-profit that charts and advocates new energy. Growth of wind

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February 21, 2012

OLYMPIA – Washington’s renewable energy sector today announced a milestone in economic development for the state. Capital investment to date in Washington wind, solar, geothermal and biomass has exceeded $7.9 billion, according to data released today by Renewable Northwest Project, a regional nonprofit advocacy group. A wide range of business and community leaders hailed the milestone, noting

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February 14, 2012

"There are more than 5,000 solar companies in the U.S.," says SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. "Many of these companies will go out of business." (Paging Solyndra!) But last year, SolarCity expanded to the East Coast and added 12,000 projects, all without a dollar of government funding. The key: Rather than just make panels, it is a full-service operation--designing, installing, financing, and

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February 13, 2012

Portland, Ore. -- On February 7, 2012, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) publicized its draft response to the December 7, 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling, which deemed BPA’s “environmental redispatch” policy to be discriminatory toward wind generators and required the pursuit of more equitable solutions. Renewable Northwest Project, a non-profit renewable energy

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February 13, 2012

HOUSTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Owners of wind farms in the Pacific Northwest objected to a cost-sharing proposal suggested by the Bonneville Power Administration to settle last year's dispute over the curtailment of wind generation, according to a letter sent on Monday to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Executives with Iberdrola Renewables, PacifiCorp, NextEra Energy and others called BPA's idea a

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February 3, 2012

Portland, Ore. – Two Bonneville Power Administration customers have committed to faster-paced energy schedules, increasing the electric grid's flexibility to absorb changes in wind energy generation and reducing costs for both the customers and BPA. Portland General Electric and Snohomish PUD will schedule transmission of energy through BPA's system every half hour – doubling the previous pace

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January 31, 2012

“Steady wind energy polices are paying off.” This might well be the subheading to the recent flurry of articles detailing new wind energy development in Montana. In case you missed the good news, here are the highlights: First, two weeks ago, wind-energy developer NaturEner announced the start of construction for its 189-megawatt Rim Rock wind farm near Shelby, which is expected to generate

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January 19, 2012

(HELENA) - Governor Brian Schweitzer announced today that the 9.6 MW Gordon Butte wind farm has recently completed construction and is now fully operational.  “Completion of the Gordon Butte wind farm is more good news for Montana. Big and small, Montana wind farms are developing and increasing the amount of clean and green energy produced from our world class wind resource. We’re now at 395 MW

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January 18, 2012

"There is no conclusive evidence so far that wind turbines are responsible for health problems ranging from balance problems to diabetes, an independent panel of health experts reports. With turbine farms on the rise, complaints and lawsuits brought by communities where they have been placed have mushroomed. Apart from more serious ailments, residents have cited the swooshing of the blades as a

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January 17, 2012

BOSTON - An independent panel of experts studying potential health impacts of wind turbines has issued its report, Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of the Independent Expert Panel. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) convened the panel in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The panel was composed of physicians and

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January 17, 2012

There is little to no evidence that wind turbines pose a risk to the health of residents living near them, a panel of independent scientists and doctors found in a report commissioned by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The panel concluded that there is no rigorous research showing that churning turbines or the resulting flickering light and vibrations produce dizziness, nausea

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January 13, 2012

Christina Williams of Sustainable Business Oregon included Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director of Renewable Northwest Project, in her list of top ten energy leaders to watch in 2012.   To read the article and view the photo gallery, please click here: http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2012/01/gallery-ten-energy-leaders-to-watch.html

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January 11, 2012

Advocate Praises Health Department, Underscores Benefits of Renewable Energy On January 3, 2012, the Oregon Public Health Division released its draft Wind Energy Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Renewable Northwest Project has been following the HIA process from its onset. The draft report’s overall findings refute concerns about wind farms and health impacts and reinforce our understanding of the

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January 10, 2012

NaturEner USA of San Francisco announced Tuesday that the renewable energy company has received financing it needs to proceed with construction of a 189-megawatt wind farm on 21,000 acres in Glacier and Toole Counties, its third wind farm in Montana. NaturEner says it expects the Rim Rock project to be operating by the end of 2012. The wind farm, which would feature 126 Acciona wind

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January 9, 2012

San Francisco, California – January 9, 2012 – San Francisco, California-based NaturEner USA, LLC ("NaturEner"), a renewable energy company, announces that it has secured a $320 million construction loan with Morgan Stanley that will enable construction of the 189 megawatt (“MW”) Rim Rock wind power project.  NaturEner has given full notice to proceed to its contractors and expects Rim Rock to

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January 9, 2012

When you don't have the facts or the law on your side, distract them with fear and emotion. That seems to be the attitude by some toward the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order directing the Bonneville Power Administration to halt discriminatory practices on its electric transmission system (Scott Corwin, In My Opinion, Dec. 21). The FERC order said, in essence, that BPA may not unduly

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December 20, 2011

Uncle Sam took up the challenge in the year of '33 For the farmer and the factory and all of you and me. He said, "Roll along Columbia. You can ramble to the sea, But river while you're ramblin' you can do some work for me." Now in Washington and Oregon you hear the factories hum, Making chrome and making manganese and light aluminum. And there roars a mighty furnace now to fight for Uncle Sam

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December 19, 2011

Boston, MA—First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, today announced that it has obtained $210 million in financing for the company’s subsidiary, Palouse Wind, LLC, the owner of the 105 MW Palouse Wind project located in northern Whitman County, Washington. With financing in place, First Wind will continue on schedule with construction of the largest renewable energy facility in

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December 18, 2011

While we appreciate attention toward the issue of energy supply, the Herald's editorial on Dec. 12, "Paying wind farms for zip FERC's idea of level playing field," leaves out some key points. Taxpayers deserve the full story about all energy sources and the policies that shape how they are used. It is important to understand how all aspects of our energy mix shape our economies, communities,

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December 7, 2011

It’s official: wind wins. That’s the very simple summary of a ruling from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday, which ordered the Bonneville Power Administration to halt the practice of curbing wind power in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a long-awaited conclusion for both the wind power companies and the utilities that both develop and purchase wind power in the northwest. Those

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December 7, 2011

Federal energy regulators told the Bonneville Power Administration Wednesday that it can no longer discriminate against wind farm owners by cutting off their transmission during periods of excess electricity generation in the region. The decision is a rare defeat for the federal power marketing agency, which sells electricity generated at 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the region to 140

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December 7, 2011

Portland, Ore. -- In response to today’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling on the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) “Environmental Redispatch and No Negative Pricing policy,” Rachel Shimshak, executive director of non-profit advocacy group Renewable Northwest Project, issued the following statement: We are pleased that the Commission has ruled on this issue and has

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November 30, 2011

An ambitious project by a California company to install solar panels for more than 100,000 military housing units has been revived with private financing after it failed to receive a loan guarantee from the federal government. The company, SolarCity, plans to announce Wednesday that Bank of America Merrill Lynch will lend it up to $350 million to put solar electric panels on roofs and other

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November 30, 2011

An ambitious project by a California company to install solar panels for more than 100,000 military housing units has been revived with private financing after it failed to receive a loan guarantee from the federal government. The company, SolarCity, plans to announce Wednesday that Bank of America Merrill Lynch will lend it up to $350 million to put solar electric panels on roofs and other

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November 25, 2011

SNL Financial recently posted an article by energy reporter Lisa Cohn, who covered RNP's response to inaccurate media coverage of clean energy jobs in Oregon. By highlighting corrective data and more, Cohn illuminates Oregon's clean energy economy success story. Read the article below, or visit SNL's website and register as a subscriber to comment on the blog post.   To download the SNL

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November 15, 2011

RNP Pursues Correction to The Willamette Week's Wrong Report Recently, The Willamette Week newspaper made a major mistake in a report about clean energy jobs. This error offered an opportunity to make a pointed public correction, while shedding light on the story of how clean energy investments have driven related job growth at unprecedented rates. Despite our numerous correction attempts, The

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November 15, 2011

"A report released this week by Renewable Northwest Project solidifies the region's leadership in green power purchases, showing that even during tough economic times Northwest consumers are willing to pay a little extra to support renewable energy. In its 11th annual report on retail green power programs — run by utilities and marketed to customers — found that participation in these programs

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November 14, 2011

Portland, Ore. (November 14, 2011)— As national leaders in green power convene for the annual Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Francisco, Renewable Northwest Project - a leading advocate for renewable energy - released its eleventh annual report on retail green power programs in the Northwest. The report indicates that customer participation in voluntary green power programs increased 8

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November 14, 2011

USING $491,000 REHBERG APPROPRIATION, FEC WILL START DEC. 12 NEAR HOT SPRINGS After a long delay, Flathead Electric Cooperative is preparing to begin drilling in the Hot Springs area to explore the possibilities of geothermal energy. In 2009, Rep. Denny Rehberg secured $491,000 for Flathead Electric Cooperative to use in pursuing geothermal exploration. At the time, the cooperative hoped to

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November 12, 2011

GRASS VALLEY -- Every household in windswept Sherman County will soon get a Christmas gift in the mail: a $590 check. The lonesome 831-square-mile county may lay to rest the adage about an "ill wind blowing nobody any good." This is the third consecutive year that checks will go out for the people's share of annual wind-energy revenues. No other Oregon county makes similar payments and the $416,

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November 10, 2011

It’s time Montana makes a transition away from coal power. Our existing coal plants are aging. In the next five to 10 years we face some decisions about what path we will take to the future. Refurbishing old plants is an expensive and short-term solution. Alternatively, building new coal plants is expensive and risky. Other states facing the same issue are more and more turning away from coal

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November 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2011– WindTV, the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) latest vehicle to highlight how wind power works for America, returns today, with a peek into the work life of someone who epitomizes wind power’s ability to bring manufacturing jobs back to America. WindTV is a new showcase of video profiles of Americans whose lives have been positively impacted by the wind

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November 2, 2011

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new report (PDF) from the American Wind Energy Association ranks Washington No. 6 and Oregon No. 7 in wind energy installations though the third quarter of this year. The states rank high even though neither Oregon nor Washington added or expanded any wind projects during the past three months. Nationwide, this was the busiest quarter since 2008, the report states.

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October 21, 2011

As more renewable energy projects come online, grid managers will need a way to transport that power from where it’s produced to where it’s most often consumed. Enter transmission lines. They work as interstate highways, shipping energy from large-scale wind farms to where it’s most needed, in cities like Portland, Boise and Seattle. But sometimes these lines can act as bottleneck to the

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October 18, 2011

It seems almost everyone loves small-scale renewable energy, the rooftop solar panels and backyard wind turbines that help power residential homes. Sure, some may scoff at the desire to take control of your own energy consumption. But by and large, most people will see it as your right to produce what you use. “More power to you” they’ll say, literally. And small-scale renewables should enjoy the

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October 5, 2011

Washington – Demonstrating its commitment to job creation and modernizing America’s infrastructure, the Obama Administration today announced it would accelerate the permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines.  This move will speed the creation of thousands of construction and operations jobs while transforming the nation’s electric system into a modern, 21st century

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September 26, 2011

Big Sky, MT. (September 26, 2011) — Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer was today honored by Renewable Northwest Project - a leading non-profit regional advocacy group - for his leadership in supporting Montana’s generous endowment of renewable energy. The Governor received this recognition at the Western Wind and Transmission Leadership Summit in Big Sky, along with a custom bolo tie featuring

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September 9, 2011

Recently, in Ames, Iowa, Republican presidential candidates met for the traditional “Straw Poll” that signals the beginning of the upcoming election. Like many Montanans, many Iowans tend to be conservative, common sense people who are focused on making a living off their land. Iowa, like Montana, depends upon exporting its agricultural goods to other states and countries. These candidates —

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August 24, 2011

A new report, Western Grid 2050: Contrasting Futures, Contrasting Fortunes, examines two very different energy investment pathways facing the 11 western states: business-as-usual or a new clean energy trajectory. The report finds that with intentional policymaking and planning today, the West can successfully transition to a clean energy economy that will deliver job, environmental and public

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August 19, 2011

BOISE, IDAHO, Aug 19, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- U.S. Geothermal Inc. A former stagecoach stop where travelers lingered in the hot water of remote eastern Oregon is being transformed into Oregon's first commercial scale geothermal power plant through a collaboration of U.S. Geothermal Inc., the federal government, equity partner Enbridge Inc. and local governments. Renewable energy

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July 27, 2011

"Wind turbines are back to transmitting power without interference in the Northwest as the Bonneville Power Administration has ended a 53-day curtailment period aimed at balancing the grid amid high water flows. But whether that policy benefited more than economics for BPA is now the subject of dispute. As opponents to BPA’s curtailment policy continue to stoke what’s become a national

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July 27, 2011

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), yesterday in its Final Record of Decision (ROD), announced its fiscal year 2012-2013 rates for power, transmission and renewable energy integration, which take effect beginning October 1, 2011. Renewable Northwest Project, a non-profit renewable energy advocacy organization, responded with perspective on how these rates will affect the

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July 26, 2011

"I’m writing regarding the recent editorial about eminent domain and the struggles over power lines. The editorial made some factual errors that need to be addressed. First, let’s address the current controversy over siting of two power lines, the Mountain States Intertie and the Montana Alberta Tie line. Each of these lines has its own particular issues which are varied and complex. But the

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July 20, 2011

"Commissioners from Madison, Jefferson and Beaverhead Counties listened Wednesday to a consortium of area nonprofit groups discuss their research into locating the controversial Mountain States Transmission Intertie line proposed by NorthWestern Energy. The meeting was hosted by the Madison County Commissioners and was attended not only by commissioners from the other two counties, but by a

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July 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — Montana boasts one of the highest concentrations of "green" jobs, but the growth of that environmentally friendly sector has been slower than the national average, a new report concludes.  The Treasure State ranked 41st among states and the District of Columbia, registering about 14,200 of the approximately 2.7 million jobs in the "clean economy," according to the Brooking

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July 6, 2011

"Wind energy is increasingly being considered a viable and attractive power source. Many countries, including the U.S., Germany, Spain, China, and India, are putting policies into place to drive the development of their wind energy industries. In Canada, the amount of wind energy being harnessed for use in our homes, offices, and factories has grown quickly over the past few years, led by Ontario

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June 24, 2011

Salem, Ore. (June 24, 2011) -- Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) – a non-profit regional advocacy group – issued the following press statement today in response to the Oregon legislature’s passage of House Bill 3672, which revised the state's Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) incentive program. Deputy Director John J. Audley provided the following remarks: Renewable Northwest Project applauds

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June 23, 2011

"The Oregon House voted Wednesday to significantly scale back a tax credit that has been used to expand renewable energy in the state. Lawmakers voted to eliminate the Business Energy Tax Credit program and replace it with new schemes, shifting the focus to smaller, community-based renewable energy projects instead of large, commercial-scale wind and solar facilities." Read the full Associated

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June 13, 2011

Portland, Ore. -- Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) – a non-profit regional advocacy group – issued the following statement today to support a complaint filed by a coalition of Northwest energy companies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) “Environmental Redispatch” policy to over-generation. Executive Director Rachel

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June 13, 2011

"A coalition of five companies filed a claim with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today, charging the Bonneville Power Administration with violating the Federal Power Act by requiring wind farms to shut down operations. The claim cites decades of regulatory policy as grounds to get more than 2,000 wind turbines back on the grid." Read the full Sustainable Business Oregon story at:http

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June 6, 2011

BOISE, ID – The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes announced its support for the proposed China Mountain Wind Project in the Twin Falls County, Idaho and Elko County, Nevada region. The project, being developed by China Mountain Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of RES America Developments Inc. and NV Energy, will bring renewable energy, new job creation and economic benefits to the area. In a news

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May 30, 2011

"It pays to live in Sherman County: $590 a year. In this sparsely populated landscape south of the Columbia River Gorge, annual checks for that amount are local residents’ share of a windfall brought by the growing wind energy industry. In an area otherwise dominated by wheat farms, hundreds of 300-foot wind turbines now generate electricity and cash." Read the rest of this New York Times

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May 26, 2011

"The Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit program, accustomed to having hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tax credits to issue each year, may soon have to share just $10 million with a handful of other programs.  A joint House-Senate committee on tax credits is mulling the fate of several tax credit programs — including the popular yet vilified BETC, as well as residential energy generation

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May 23, 2011

Rachel Shimshak, RNP Executive Director, recently submitted a "Letter to the Editor" in response to The Oregonian's May 20 editorial "BPA's wind power cutoff sends a troubling signal."  She thanks The Oregonian for highlighting clean energy in light of BPA's recent wind curtailment policy decision. To read Rachel's letter, please click here.

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May 23, 2011

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, joined the American Wind Energy Association and others today in accusing the Bonneville Power Administration of discriminating against wind power at a time it needs help to expand, and failing to adopt strategies identified in a 2007 report on integrating wind power into the Northwest energy grid. Bonneville, which sells power from federal dams in the region

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May 23, 2011

Representative Earl Blumenauer: “The actions that the Bonneville Power Administration has undertaken are in direct conflict with the stated renewable goals of the Department of Energy, the Obama Administration, many key energy policy leaders nationally and regionally, and at variance with what we’ve attempted to do in the Pacific Northwest to grow this industry.” “This action is unnecessarily

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May 13, 2011

SoloPower, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of flexible, thin film solar cells and modules, announced that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the City of Portland to locate a high volume manufacturing facility in Portland. “We are committed to Oregon because of the great people and workforce; the active support and engagement at the state level and from the

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May 13, 2011

Portland, Ore. -- In response to a May 13, 2011 Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) decision to issue its “Environmental Redispatch” Record of Decision, Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director of Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) – a non-profit regional advocacy group – issued a public statement today: We are extremely disappointed that BPA chose to implement this Record of Decision, but glad that

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May 13, 2011

"The manager of most of the electricity in the Pacific Northwest is running such a surplus of power from hydroelectric dams that it put wind farms on notice Friday that they may be shut down as early as this weekend. The Bonneville Power Administration has more than enough electricity during a cold, wet spring that has created a big surge in river flows where hydroelectric dams are located. The

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May 10, 2011

Amidst an antidevelopment backdrop, Montana legislators reestablished the conditions allowing for the legitimate exercise of eminent domain. Renewable Northwest Project – a non-profit regional advocacy group – applauded the outcome. Following a long and rigorous debate in the Montana legislature, House Bill 198 became law today without the Governor’s signature. As a result, utilities with

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May 4, 2011

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 04, 2011 - San Francisco, California based NaturEner USA, LLC, a renewable energy company, announced today the commencement of operations for its NaturEner Operations Center, a fully enabled, state-of-the-art, 24/7, real-time desk located in NaturEner’s San Francisco Headquarters, with the purpose of supporting both commercial and operational functions for NaturEner’

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April 21, 2011

"The largest rooftop solar energy system in the nation was unveiled this week, designed and installed by Portland-based Solar Nation Inc. using solar panels made by SolarWorld in Hillsboro. That the building it rests upon is in New Jersey tells a lot about why Solar Nation Inc. might one day think about being there, too." Read the entire article on the Sustainable Business Oregon website at:

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April 14, 2011

Renewable Northwest Project submitted a "Review of Scientific Literature Regarding Wind Power Generation Facility Siting" to the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners, regarding the amendment to Conditional Use Section 152.616 (HHH) of the Umatilla County Development Code. Each article has been uploaded here as a link to download:   Cover Letter Section 1 - RNP Whitepapers Renewable Energy

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April 14, 2011

"The Bonneville Power Administration has put the breaks on a plan to halt energy production from wind farms when water levels in the federal hydropower system are high. Opponents to the plan, including Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon democrats, say it has the power to upend renewable energy development in the Northwest and unfairly discriminates against wind-energy generators

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April 13, 2011

Great Falls, Montana – New research has confirmed unique features of the Montana wind resource in providing solutions for the Pacific Northwest power market. Analysis undertaken by Dr. Charles Shawley, Technical Specialist with Gaelectric North America, examines the impacts of combining geographically diverse wind resources with existing wind and renewable resources, including those found along

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April 13, 2011

"San Diego Gas & Electric has signed an agreement with wind farm developer NaturEner to finance $250 million of a 309-megawatt wind farm proposed in Montana, helping the investor-owned utility meet California's renewable energy standards. Bill Alexander, NaturEner's chief development officer, said SDG&E is ensuring the Rim Rock wind farm gets built while satisfying its renewable energy

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April 12, 2011

MILPITAS– Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today signed SBX1 2, which requires one-third of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources. The legislation increases California’s current 20 percent renewables portfolio standard target in 2010 to a 33 percent renewables portfolio standard by December 31, 2020. “This bill will bring many important benefits to California, including stimulating

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April 11, 2011

RNP is pleased to announce that our Executive Director Rachel Shimshak was profiled as one of five 2011 Influencers of Wind Power by Windpower Engineering magazine.   As stated by the publication,"these Innovators and Influencers have had such a significant impact on the wind industry that the staff of Windpower Engineering would like to celebrate their success in the second annual Innovators

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April 8, 2011

ReCharge, an international industry news outlet, ran an article highlighting Oregon's renewable energy investment success story in the April 8th issue. Reporter Benjamin Romano recently traveled to Portland to attend an RNP press conference during which the $5.4 billion landmark news was detailed. Normally, readers must subscribe to the publication to access ReCharge articles, but the editor has

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April 7, 2011

RNP submitted written comments to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Commission regarding the March 2011 revisions to the "Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon" and "Draft Rules for Oregon's Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy." The Commission hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 22, in Salem, OR. Click here to read RNP's comments, submitted

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April 4, 2011

SNL Financial's Blog posted an article on Monday, April 4, 2011 by energy reporter Lisa Cohn on Oregon's business energy tax credit (BETC).  Read the article below, or visit SNL's website and register as a subscriber to comment on the blog post.   Monday, April 04, 2011 7:27 AM PT Why all the flak over Oregon's big green success? By Lisa CohnThe views and opinions expressed in this piece

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March 24, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon’s renewable energy leaders today announced a major milestone in economic development for the state. This year, capital investment in Oregon wind, solar and geothermal energy will top $5.4 billion, according to Renewable Northwest Project, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Portland.   Renewable energy leaders hailed this as a significant sign of progress as Oregon

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March 24, 2011

Sustainable Business Oregon has a nice write up on renewable energy investment in Oregon. The article features RNP Executive Director Rachel Shimshak and highlights our conservative calculation of $5.4 billion in investment in the Oregon.   You can read the article on the Sustainable Business Oregon web site at: http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2011/03/renewable-energy-

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March 23, 2011

HB 198 has sparked some debate over Montana's use of eminent domain and transmission line siting. Jim Peterson, Montana Senate president, recently published an insightful op-ed in The Prairie Star on this issue. Read the full op-ed in The Prairie Star at:http://www.theprairiestar.com/news/opinion/hb-restores-use-of-eminent-domain-that-has-always-existed/article_d83a82ea-55a7-11e0-b8c6-

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March 22, 2011

"A state House panel on Tuesday took the wind out of the sails of those demanding a moratorium on wind power development in Idaho."   Read the article from Bloomberg Businessweek at:http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9M4F3000.htm

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March 22, 2011

"The House State Affairs Committee voted 11-8 Tuesday to keep House Bill 265 in committee. The bill aimed to put a two-year moratorium on the building of wind turbines in Idaho. There was no new testimony given following hearings on Friday and Monday, but members of the committee debated for about an hour."   Read the rest of the article on IdahoReporter.com at:http://www.idahoreporter.com/2011/

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March 22, 2011

Renewable Northwest Project has released an updated fact sheet on the economic impacts of renewable energy development in Oregon. It details job and investment impacts from wind solar and geothermal development in the state.   Some of the many highlights covered include:   The renewable energy sector has invested over $5.4 billion in Oregon so far, with over $4.5 billion of that coming from the

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March 20, 2011

"Tonbridge Power Inc. should be allowed to continue construction of the Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. power line including the use of eminent domain when the company's regular easement negotiation process fails to reach an agreement with a landowner." Read the rest of the Great Falls Tribune op-ed at:http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20110321/OPINION01/103210303/1001/NEWS/Eminent-domain-needed

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March 17, 2011

The Huffington Post recently published an article by Kelly Rigg, Executive Director of the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA), detailing the success of the Japanese wind industry that is helping keep the lights on during the Fuksuhima crisis.   To read the entire post, click here.

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March 16, 2011

2011 has been a great year for RNP Member, SolarCity.  The company has been recognized with many fine awards for its achievements in solar energy and we want everyone to know. Most recently, Fast Company ranked SolarCity #1 on their top ten list of innovative companies in energy.  They have also received awards and recognition from Renewable Energy World, US Department of Energy, and The

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March 16, 2011

The Observer  (Union and Wallowa counties in Oregon) recently published an article detailing a day in the life of a wind turbine maintenance worker for Horizon Wind Energy's Elkhorn Valley Wind Farm at Telocaset.  Curtis Pedro provided a wonderful perspective of his experience as a maintenance technician, as well as his views of wind farms in the local community.   To read The Observer's article

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March 1, 2011

With so much attention in the media recently on health impacts from wind turbines, RNP thought it would be a good idea to highlight the facts on wind turbine sound, the most common concern. RNP has been following research on the issue for many years and has been involved in setting Oregon's stringent standard. Read our summary here.

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February 24, 2011

BOISE, Idaho - February 24, 2011 (NYSE Amex: HTM; TSX: GTH) U.S. Geothermal Inc., a leading renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, today announced the financial closing with the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") of a $96.8-million loan guarantee to construct its planned 23-megawatt-net power plant at Neal Hot Springs in

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February 17, 2011

"Wind companies have poured more than $17 million in property taxes, fees and strategic investments into Sherman County, according to a recent assessment of wind's impact on the rural area."   That opening sentence of Sustainable Business Oregon's article from February 17, 2011, gets straight to the point, but there are many details in the article beyond this basic fact that illustrate perfectly

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February 17, 2011

David Petersen, co-chair of the Energy Practice Group at Tonkon Torp, recently authored an article about how renewable energy is smart economic policy.  The article was published by the Daily Journal of Commerce as part of Tonkon Torp's monthly column, "Plugged In." Read the article online at Encouraging renewable energy: smart policy.

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February 17, 2011

Portland, Ore. – Renewable Northwest Project, a leading regional advocacy group for renewable energy, today announced the hire of three new staff members. The new employees bring added talent to the organization’s policy and analyst teams.   Jeff Fox joined as Policy Advocate in the Montana region. As the organization’s first fulltime Montana-based employee, Fox bolsters on-the-ground advocacy

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February 16, 2011

The Oregonian published a guest editorial on February 16, 2011, on clean energy development and job creation in Oregon. The piece, entitled Creating our own 'Sputnik Moment' for Oregon, was a collaborative effort between RNP and others. The editorial was signed by Lisa Adatto of Climate Solutions, John J. Audley at Renewable Northwest Project, and Glenn Montgomery of the Oregon Solar Energy

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February 7, 2011

The Kitsap Sun has a great article on a community solar project at the Pouslbo Middle School in Washington. The panels are produced in Washington, and the developer is a former luxury home builder that changed business focus after the real estate market crash. You can find the article written by Maks Goldenshteyn on the Kitsap Sun web site.   http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/feb/07/states

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January 18, 2011

Columbia Gorge Community College recevied one of three seals of approval from the American Wind Energy Assoication (AWEA) in January.  This is a great honor for their wind turbine service technician training programs!   The article is posted on the Sustainable Business Oregon website at: http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2011/01/cgcc-honored-for-wind-training-program.html

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January 14, 2011

Helena, MT – Formed in the wake of the Montana Economic Development Summit organized by U.S. Senator Max Baucus last September, a coalition of diverse business, industry and non-profit leaders is mobilizing under a shared goal: to spur Montana’s economy by harnessing the state’s full renewable energy potential.   The Montana Wind Group is working to engage, educate and secure support from state

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January 13, 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 13, 2011 - SoloPower, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of flexible, thin film solar cells and modules, announces it will locate a high volume manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.The initial phase of this expansion will be the construction of a 75 MW manufacturing line which will create 170 new jobs. Upon completion, the facility is expected to have

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January 7, 2011

National Public Radio published an article showing that a new public radio poll found broad support for wind energy among Northwest residents. The opinion survey was a collaboration of the Northwest Health Foundation, the polling firm Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall and public radio stations across the Northwest.   Read the article on NPR's website at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.

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January 4, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore.— SolarCity® today announced the availability of the first residential solar lease in Oregon. SolarCity’s SolarLease® financing option will make it possible for Oregon homeowners to go solar for as little as $20 per month, with no upfront cost, and save money from day one.   The affordable new financing option was made possible by new rules published by the Oregon Department of

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