Extraordinary returns of naturally spawning Snake River steelhead five years ago followed by steady declines and a dismal run this year triggered an "early warning indicator" that is prompting federal agencies to take formal steps to determine if "rapid response actions" should be taken to a… Read More

Pattern Energy and affiliate Pattern Development will be acquired by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in a transaction valued at $6.1 billion, the company announced Nov. 4. Pattern's portfolio of 28 renewable projects includes the 80 MW Stillwater wind project in Montana. CPPI, toget… Read More

With "near-record injection activity" in the April 1 to Oct. 31 natural gas refill season, the U.S. natural gas inventory recovered from low levels at the end of the 2018-2019 heating season, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA estimates working natural gas in st… Read More

The California PUC on Nov. 7 recommended that five once-through-cooling natural gas power plants remain on line for up to three years beyond their planned retirement date of Dec. 31, 2020. The commission also approved delaying by up to 2.5 years the start dates of three solar and two battery… Read More

Benton County PUD is among a growing number of Northwest utilities offering prepay programs, allowing customers to trade big monthly bills for smaller, weekly payments. After a soft launch in September, Benton's Pay As You Go program already has nearly 100 customers signed up. Read More

There are enough pockets of cold water on the Columbia River to provide migrating adult salmon and steelhead a temporary reprieve when the lower Columbia River gets uncomfortably warm, an Environmental Protection Agency study found. But these areas of cooler water likely will not be enough t… Read More

President Donald Trump on Nov. 7 nominated Dan Brouillette, the Department of Energy's No. 2 executive, to succeed outgoing DOE Secretary Rick Perry. Meanwhile, states and environmental organizations sued DOE to challenge its rule dropping exemptions of specialty incandescent lamps from effi… Read More