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RNP Press Release Archive

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ‘
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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December 9, 2010
Portland, Ore. — Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski was today honored by Renewable Northwest Project - a leading advocate for renewable energy - for his exceptional commitment to clean energy. The Governor visited Portland to accept the George Darr Clean Energy Award, which is granted not annually but
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October 27, 2010
Portland, Ore. (October 27, 2010) – Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), a leading advocate for renewable energy throughout the Northwest, today celebrated the release of a book by research director Ken Dragoon.
Published by William Andrew, the book is entitled Valuing Wind Generation on Integrated
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October 19, 2010
Portland, Ore. (October 19, 2010)— As national leaders in green power convene for the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Portland, Renewable Northwest Project - a leading advocate for renewable energy - released its tenth annual report on retail green power programs in the Northwest. Entitled “
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August 20, 2010
Portland, Ore. (August 20, 2010) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has announced the rejection of a Puget Sound Energy proposal to levy a new charge on wind generation in its service territory. Advocates including the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) and the American Wind Energy
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July 15, 2010
Portland, Ore. -- The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), a leading advocate for renewable energy throughout the Northwest, co-presented a forum yesterday on the role of energy transmission in proliferating renewable resources.
Hosted in collaboration with the Energy Future Coalition, Climate
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July 1, 2010
Portland, OR — The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), a leading advocate for renewable energy throughout the Northwest, applauded today’s launch of a pilot program that will test a new approach for incentivizing solar options for energy customers in Oregon.
Within minutes of its launch, the first
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July 9, 2009
Portland, OR – Regional renewable energy advocates today reacted with cautious optimism to Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) FY 2010-11 Final Record of Decision (ROD) concerning the rate BPA will charge for integrating wind into the regional grid, and BPA’s June 16th letter detailing future
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June 10, 2009
Salem, OR – A pair of bills being considered by the Oregon Senate would deliver a painful one-two punch to Oregon's clean energy economy. The effect of these bills, if passed with proposed amendments, would send shockwaves through Oregon’s green energy economy and associated job market. The
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November 20, 2008
The Washington State Supreme Court made a historic decision today to continue the growth of the Northwest’s renewable energy resource potential by confirming a Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (WAEFSEC) decision approving a permit for the Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project.
 
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November 17, 2008
The number of utility customers purchasing “green power” in the Northwest is now nearly 150,000, according to a new report released today by the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). Entitled “Powerful Choices VIII”, the report summarizes the retail green power programs that are allowing customers to
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July 31, 2008
Portland, OR - A large group of public interest organizations, cities and solar energy companies praised the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) today for its prompt ruling that will ensure dozens of proposed on-site solar projects across the state can be constructed and connected to the grid by
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June 23, 2008
Portland, OR — Responding to Pacific Power’s actions that have threatened the solar industry in Oregon, a large group of public interest organizations, cities and solar energy companies are intervening before the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) in hopes of allowing the current boom in solar
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February 21, 2008
An important impediment to the development of wind projects in Idaho was removed yesterday when the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) approved an agreement settling a long-standing dispute over the cost and ability of power systems to accommodate new wind projects. Wind developers, IPUC
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January 10, 2008
The amount of “green power” being purchased by utility customers in the Northwest is now over one billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), according to a new report released today by the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). Entitled “Powerful Choices VII”, the report summarizes the retail green power programs
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March 23, 2007
The Oregon House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 838, the Oregon Renewable Energy Act with strong, bipartisan support (41-18). The landmark legislation enacts a Renewable Energy Standard requiring Oregon’s largest utilities to obtain 25% of their electricity from clean, homegrown
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February 2, 2007
Portland, OR — A preliminary wind integration cost study released by the Idaho Power Company on Wednesday met with stiff resistance from members of a regional group charged with investigating costs associated with accommodating wind farms on the Northwest power grid.

Renewable Northwest Project (
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January 29, 2007
Wind power development in the Pacific Northwest between October 2005 and October 2006 brought nearly $1.4 billion in investment and more than 1400 jobs to the region, according to a new fact sheet released today by the Renewable Northwest Project. Entitled “Wind Power and Economic Development: Real
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September 1, 2006
The number of utility customers voluntarily purchasing "green power" in the Northwest topped 100,000 for the first time ever in 2005, according to a new report released today by the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). Entitled “Powerful Choices VI,” the report summarizes the retail green power
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March 15, 2006
Regional renewable advocates applauded the many Northwest utilities highlighted in the U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 'Top Ten' rankings released today.

 
"We’re pleased to see the excellent showing of Northwest utilities in the national rankings,"
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March 3, 2006
The recent completion of four new wind energy projects puts the amount of new renewable energy serving Pacific Northwest customers at over 1,000 megawatts (MW). The new projects include: Klondike II in Sherman County, Oregon (75 MW); Hopkins Ridge in Columbia County, Washington (150 MW); Wolverine
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August 1, 2005
The number of utility customers purchasing "green power" in the Northwest has increased by 40% from 2003 to 2004, according to a new report released today by the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). Entitled “Powerful Choices V”, the report summarizes the retail green power programs that are allowing
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July 26, 2005
Regional advocates today praised Washington Governor Christine Gregoire for granting final approval to the 230-megawatt Wild Horse Wind Power Project in Kittitas County. The Wild Horse project is the very first renewable energy facility to receive a site certificate from Washington’s Energy
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January 11, 2005
The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) applauds today’s announcement by NorthWestern Energy that it has signed an agreement to purchase between 135-150 MW of wind power for its Montana default supply customers. NorthWestern signed the agreement with Invenergy Wind LLC to acquire the power from a
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December 9, 2004
Portland, OR — Portland General Electric (PGE) today announced a 30-year agreement with PPM Energy to purchase 75 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity to serve PGE customers beginning in December 2005. Through this agreement, PGE will purchase all of the output of PPM Energy’s Klondike II Expansion Wind
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December 9, 2004
Portland, OR – A leading renewable energy advocacy group today released a report detailing the economic development benefits of the 24 megawatt Klondike Wind Farm in Sherman County, Oregon. Entitled "Windfall from the Wind Farm; Sherman County, Oregon," the report illustrates the economic
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October 19, 2004
Seattle, WA – The U.S. EPA today praised Northwest companies that are switching to green power at a recognition ceremony held in conjunction with the "Better Business Through Green Power" workshop, held at the Qwest Field and Events Center in Seattle, Washington.

 
"Conventional electricity
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October 4, 2004
Portland, OR - The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) announced today that the recent Western Washington Green Power Campaign is being honored with a Green Power Leadership Award for its success in promoting awareness of green power in the region and encouraging new customers to enroll in
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September 27, 2004
Renton, WA - The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), Puget Sound Energy (PSE), and the Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (PSEJATC) announced today the dedication of a photovoltaic (PV) or solar electric system on the PSEJATC's training center in Renton, Wash
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September 22, 2004
Seattle, WA - Three Puget Sound regional utilities, Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Tacoma Power, announced today the success of their recent public information campaign to encourage customers to purchase environmentally-friendly renewable energy, also called "green
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September 21, 2004
Bellevue, WA - Puget Sound Energy [the utility subsidiary of Puget Energy (NYSE: PSD)] recently signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Houston-based Zilkha Renewable Energy to obtain 100-percent ownership of Zilkha’s proposed 220-megawatt (MW) Wild Horse Wind Power Project located in the eastern part
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July 22, 2004
Walla Walla, WA – Following through on its stated desire to reduce its environmental impact, Whitman College became the state’s first higher education buyer of renewable power, buying 90 blocks per month of Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy.

 
"At Whitman College, we are committed to being
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June 28, 2004
Bainbridge Island, WA - Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) announced today that it has purchased Green Tags from Bonneville Environmental Foundation sufficient to offset 100% of its annual electricity usage at its administrative offices, located on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The purchase of
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May 21, 2004
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) approved new noise standards yesterday for wind power projects in Oregon. At a meeting in Hermiston, the EQC granted final approval to amend Oregon’s existing noise rules with provisions specifically addressing wind projects.

 
"Oregon’s current
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March 17, 2004
Spokane, WA -- Fairchild Air Force Base is giving Northwest wind energy a big boost and meeting its own renewable energy goals at the same time. The Air Force is now buying enough renewable power to meet 100 percent of the electrical load for the military base.

 
Fairchild’s purchase is a
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March 16, 2004
Portland, OR -- The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) today announced a commitment by the professional services firm David Evans and Associates, Inc., (DEA) to purchase Green Tags (also know as Tradable Renewable Credits) in support of clean
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January 13, 2004
Portland, OR – The Bonneville Power Administration has found a way to make the wind more useful for generating electricity year round. The program is a major step toward advancing wind generation in the Northwest.

 
With the signing of a contract with the Cowlitz County Public Utility District in
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January 5, 2004
Mt Hood, OR - In partnership with Portland General Electric and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort will purchase enough clean, renewable wind energy to run a major chairlift at Meadows and the only chairlift at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort.

 
By purchasing 334 of
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August 19, 2003
The amount of "green power" purchased by retail customers in the Northwest has increased by 88% from last year, according to a new report released today by the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). Entitled, Powerful Choices, the report summarizes the retail green power programs that are allowing
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July 18, 2003
Klamath Falls, OR -- The Running Y Resort is the latest in a series of southern Oregon businesses to make a significant renewable power purchase. Located near Klamath Falls, Ore., just north of the Oregon/California border, the resort is buying Blue Sky wind power, Pacific Power’s voluntary wind
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July 2, 2003
Portland, OR­ -- Audubon Society of Portland announced today that it is now purchasing electricity that is made from 100 percent renewable sources at its main and Marmot campuses. The Audubon Society of Portland also announced a new member outreach program, in agreement with Renewable Northwest
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July 1, 2003
Ellensburg, WA -- Zilkha Renewable Energy announced plans for a new 165 megawatt (MW) wind farm today. The "Wild Horse Wind Power Project" is planned for development on property along Whiskey Dick Ridge north of Ryegrass. The Wild Horse Wind Power Project, named for a spring on the remote ranch,
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June 23, 2003
Boise, ID – PacifiCorp customers can reap economic benefits from investing in small-scale renewable energy systems, thanks to action taken Friday by Idaho’s Public Utilities Commission.

 
PacifiCorp’s new net metering standard allows residential customers with solar, small wind, or small hydro
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June 13, 2003
Portland, OR – An agreement to bring 41 megawatts of clean wind power online was signed today by PacifiCorp, the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) and Eurus Combine Hills. It is the first wind deal signed by the ETO under the provisions of the system benefit charge instituted by Oregon’s electricity
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June 4, 2003
Spokane, WA — According to a report released today by the Washington Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG), energy efficiency and wind power have the potential to provide major economic benefits for Washington state while helping to ensure a more reliable and affordable energy supply.

The
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May 29, 2003
Pocatello, ID -- Kinko's, Inc. and Idaho Power Company today announced that three Kinko's® locations served by Idaho Power have switched to renewable energy. This "green power" deal enables Kinko's Boise and Pocatello branches to purchase a portion of their electricity from renewable resources.

 
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May 19, 2003
Portland, OR – The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) today celebrate a commitment by the law firm Stoel Rives LLP to purchase Green Tags (also know as Tradable Renewable Energy Credits) in support of clean renewable energy.

The purchase represents
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May 2, 2003
Richland, WA – Energy Northwest’s Executive Board voted unanimously on April 30, 2003, to approve the issuance of municipal bonds to finance the 15.6-megawatt Phase II expansion of Nine Canyon Wind Project, located near Kennewick, Washington.

 
The bond sale took place on April 29 in the amount of
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February 12, 2003
Kinko’s, Inc. has teamed with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light and Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) to convert some of the energy demands for Kinko’s® Puget Sound-area stores to green power.

 
Twenty-nine Kinko’s locations will purchase from five to 25 percent of their power in
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September 6, 2002
Portland, OR – The amount of "green power" purchased by retail customers in the Northwest more than tripled since last year, according to a new report released today by the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). Entitled, Powerful Choices, the report summarizes the retail green power programs that are
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July 20, 2002
Dallas and Portland, OR – Kinko’s, Inc., Portland General Electric (PGE), Pacific Power and Green Mountain Energy Company today announced that Kinko’s has become Oregon’s largest green power purchaser.

Kinko’s has agreed to buy renewable energy for 10 Oregon branches served by PGE and Pacific
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July 15, 2002
Portland, OR – The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) today applauded an important decision for wind power development in the Northwest issued by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). In a final decision, BPA Administrator Stephen Wright exempted wind power resources from a penalty rate
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April 3, 2002
The region’s leading renewable advocacy group today cheered the announcement from Vestas Wind Systems A/S that they will locate a wind turbine manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon.

 
"This is a very big deal," commented Rachel Shimshak, Director of the Renewable Northwest Project. "The
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April 2, 2002
It is a great honor to participate in the dedication of the Stateline wind project. We have seen this project germinate from an idea in FPL’s head, and grow to a partnership with PacifiCorp Power Marketing (PPM), and from there into the largest new wind project in the western United States. The
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March 11, 2002
The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) praised the Nine Canyon Wind Project at a ground-breaking ceremony held today at the project site in southwestern Washington State.

 
As the region’s leading renewable energy advocacy organization, RNP enthusiastically applauds the project, which will use 37
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November 15, 2001
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and SeaWest WindPower, Inc., today announced the execution of an agreement under which Bonneville will purchase power from a wind energy project being constructed by SeaWest. The project is located near the town of Condon, in central Oregon, south of the
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September 18, 2001
According to a new report released today by the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), the amount of "green power" sold through utility programs in the region has doubled since 2000. Approximately 47.1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) are now sold through green power programs in the region per year,
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May 3, 2001
In response to the Bush Administration's recent decisions to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty and forestall policies regulating carbon dioxide emissions, twenty-seven environmental groups in the Northwest sent a letter to President Bush. The text of the letter follows.

 
 
President George W. Bush
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April 19, 2001
The Renewable Northwest Project, an environmental organization supporting renewable energy in the region, commends the Port of Portland for purchasing a significant portion of their electric load from renewable resources. The Port is meeting the Clean Energy Challenge, standards set by regional
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April 4, 2001
Environmental groups today celebrated three Washington companies for their purchase of renewable energy to serve 100% of their energy needs. Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters, Global Energy Concepts LLC, and Xantrex Technology, Inc. received awards from regional environmental groups for their
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January 10, 2001
In a stunning and timely action, PacifiCorp Power Marketing today announced the purchase of the entire output of the proposed 300 megawatt Stateline wind energy project to be built next year in Walla Walla County, WA, and Umatilla County, Oregon. When completed, the Stateline project will serve
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December 15, 1999
Renewable energy got a boost Monday, when the Oregon Public Utility Commission approved Portland General Electric’s (PGE) green power tariffs. The approval allows PGE to sell environmentally friendly power to its customers.

 
The Renewable Northwest Project, an organization consisting of
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October 8, 1999
The Renewable Northwest Project today praised the decision made by the Oregon Public Utility Commission to approve the merger of Oregon-based PacifiCorp and Scottish Power of the United Kingdom.

 
Scottish Power has made several important environmental commitments as a stipulation to OPUC approval
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October 1, 1999
The Renewable Northwest Project today praised the new electricity restructuring law as "balanced and good for the environment." SB 1149, signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber on Friday, calls for reserving three percent of utility revenues to invest in new renewable resources, such as wind, solar,
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July 15, 1999
Renewable energy got a boost today when the Oregon House voted 58-0 to concur with the Senate version of House Bill 3219, a law requiring Oregon utilities to offer "net metering" to small-scale solar, wind and hydroelectric systems. Fuel cells can also qualify. The Senate passed HB 3219 yesterday
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March 1, 1999
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), Oregon HEAT, and the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies (LAW Fund) have initially reviewed the testimony filed Friday by Scottish Power/PacifiCorp in the merger proceeding before the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
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October 23, 1998
To mark the 25th Anniversary of the OPEC oil embargo, and remind citizens of the risks of over-dependence on fossil fuels, the Renewable Northwest Project today released "The Top Ten Things You Can Do For Energy Security." The list includes actions that will save energy, diversify our electricity
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June 24, 1998
The Renewable Northwest Project today joined Senator Mark Hatfield, leading environmental groups and the Bonneville Power Administration in announcing the establishment of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The Foundation will receive money from the sale of environmentally superior resources
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April 3, 1998
Olympia, WA - Renewable energy got a boost today when Washington Governor Gary Locke signed into law a bill requiring Washington utilities to off "net metering" to small-scale solar, wind, and hydroelectric systems.

 
"Net metering" allows customers who own small renewable energy systems to offset
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March 19, 1998
The Renewable Northwest Project has announced three winners of the group’s first-ever Clean Energy Award.

 
The regional renewable energy advocacy group recognized Dennis Steinberg of PacifiCorp, Ken Beeson of the Eugene Water and Electric Board and George Darr of the Bonneville Power
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September 26, 1997
Renewable energy advocates today enthusiastically praised the first commercial-scale wind project to serve the Northwest at a ground breaking ceremony in Arlington, Wyoming. The Renewable Northwest Project, the region’s leading renewable energy advocacy organization, underscored the leadership
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February 11, 1997
Portland, OR--Renew America announced today that the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) will be included in its Environmental Success Index, an annual publication identifying programs throughout the nation that provide innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

 
Debbie Sliter, Renew America
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January 8, 1997
Many of the region’s leading environmental and consumer groups today announced a formal agreement with Portland General Electric (PGE) and ENRON Corp. that details a host of conservation, renewable energy, low-income and consumer protection commitments to be implemented upon the completion of the
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March 28, 1996
A regional advocacy organization today praised the passage and signing of HB 2290, the Washington State sales tax exemption for wind and solar energy. The exemption is critical to developing environmentally responsible energy resources, and will provide both economic development benefits and a
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March 14, 1996
A renewable energy advocacy organization today released a report detailing strong, diverse, and consistent regional and nationwide public support for environmental preservation, conservation and renewable energy resources.

 
This report compiles information from more than a dozen surveys and focus
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February 29, 1996
A regional renewable energy advocacy organization today expressed disappointment with Tuesday’s rejection of a wind plant proposal by the Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioners. The 2-1 vote on the proposal was followed by a resolution directing the staff to look into other
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January 18, 1996
Portland, OR -- A regional renewable energy advocacy organization welcomed the decision by the Salem Electric Cooperative (Salem) to purchase non-hydro renewable energy to meet a substantial portion of its customer load.

“Salem has demonstrated their leadership and made an investment in the region
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September 29, 1995
A regional advocacy organization today cheered Portland General Electric’s (PGE) commitment to Oregon’s first commercial-scale wind energy project. PGE and KENETECH Wind power, the project developer, today signed a power purchase agreement for a 25 MW wind plant to be located in Umatilla County,
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September 28, 1995
A regional advocacy organization today cheered the unanimous decision by the Salem Electric Board to invest in a substantial amount of non-hydro renewable energy.

 
“Salem has demonstrated its leadership and pledged to make an investment for our future with this vote,” said Rachel Shimshak,
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September 20, 1995
regional advocacy organization today cheered the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), PacifiCorp, and the Eugene Water and Electric Board’s (EWEB) commitment to the region’s first commercial-scale wind energy project. A letter, signed by the parties today, allows the Foote Creek Rim wind project
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July 12, 1995
A regional coalition of environmental groups and energy developers applauded the July 11, 1995 vote of the Snohomish Public Utility District (SnoPUD) Commissioners to move forward on investing in a wind energy project in the Columbia Gorge. The Commissioners adopted an unanimous recommendation of
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April 1, 1995
All four Northwest states received high marks in renewable energy use, according to a new study titled Renewable Energy Sourcebook: A Primer for Action released nationally by Public Citizen, and in Oregon, by the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP). Additionally, the report shows that Northwest
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February 28, 1995
A Better Idea:
Groups Propose BPA Financial Security Plan to Cut Costs, Keep BPA Competitive, Pay Off Debts, Protect Forward-Looking Investments
 
An orderly financial security plan for the Bonneville Power Administration was proposed today by a coalition of consumer, utility, and environmental
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December 29, 1994
A national post-election opinion survey released today on federal energy budget priorities reveals strong and broad bipartisan support for continued federal funding of energy efficiency and renewable energy research programs. The survey, conducted by Republican pollster Vince Breglio, found that 64
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November 22, 1994
Senator Mark Hatfield (R-Oregon), and Congressmen Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Jim McDermott (D-Washington) are urging BPA Administrator Randy Hardy to include a meaningful strategy for developing renewable resources such as wind, solar, and geothermal in its final Business Plan.
 
In letters written
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September 7, 1994
The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) today urged the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to include a comprehensive strategy to promote regional acquisition of safe, clean, renewable energy resources in its Business Plan. Such action would ensure a sound energy future for the people of the
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