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At an annual cost of roughly 1 percent of the region’s gross domestic product, deep decarbonization of all energy sectors in the Northwest is achievable but would require greater energy efficiencies, a greater reliance on the electric grid and decarbonization of energy supplies, a study comm…

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Twenty-two states, six cities and the District of Columbia on Aug. 13 sued in federal appeals court to challenge the Affordable Clean Energy rule, the Clean Power Plan replacement that the Environmental Protection Agency finalized on June 19.

Idacorp’s earnings fell during the second quarter due to lower demand from customers. However, continued customer growth and lower operating expenses buoyed the company’s quarterly earnings reported on Aug. 1.

NW Natural Holdings reported second quarter net earnings of $2.1 million or 7 cents per share from ­continuing operations, compared to a loss of $339,000 or 1 cent per share in 2018.

Phase two of British Columbia’s BC Hydro review will include a look at opportunities for Hydro and its marketing subsidiary Powerex to expand in out-of-province electricity markets, as well as ways Hydro can further support B.C.’s long-term greenhouse gas-reduction targets.

The Senate Environment and Public Works committee on July 30 unanimously reported out a five-year, $287-billion transportation bill that would authorize $1 billion in competitive grants for charging and fueling infrastructure for electric, hydrogen and natural gas-fueled motor vehicles.

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BPA’s average wholesale power rate will remain flat and transmission rates will increase 3.6 percent over the two-year rate period starting Oct. 1, the agency said July 25 in the final BP-20 record of decision.

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Douglas County PUD plans to launch a hydrogen electrolysis pilot project later this year that could help smooth out mechanical operations at its hydroelectric facilities, and in the process blaze a trail for renewable hydrogen in Washington.

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In the first public update since March of persistent reserves allocation errors dating back to the early 2000s, BPA said the current total potential net transfer of cash from its Transmission business unit to Power, with all the errors known to date, is $171.5 million.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility C­ommissioners and utility trade groups went to court to challenge FERC’s Order 841, which the agency issued to clear the way for energy-storage resources to buy and sell energy, capacity and ancillary services in organized wholesale power markets.

Washington’s Commerce Department will hold two workshops on the state’s 100 percent clean electricity law enacted in May, as a prelude to rulemaking over the next two years to implement the law known as the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA).

Environmental mitigation measures recommended by FERC staff for the proposed Jordan Cove ­liquefied ­natural gas terminal are insufficiently detailed and ­unenforceable, Oregon state agencies said in ­comments filed with FERC on a draft environmental impact statement.

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