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…
Seattle City Council on Aug. 12 adopted a resolution that lends Seattle’s support to the Green New Deal movement, proposing a sweeping local platform of ambitious ecological, social and economic goals.
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.
Avista on Aug. 7 reported second quarter consolidated earnings of 38 cents per diluted share compared to 39 cents for Q2 2018, and year-to-date consolidated earnings of $2.14 per diluted share compared to $1.22 last year.
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.
Portland General Electric’s second quarter earnings took a hit from lower wholesale power costs and diminished hydroelectric output during the quarter.
A rule giving states and tribes up to one year to decide on Clean Water Act certifications for energy and other infrastructure projects was proposed Aug. 9 by the Environmental Protection Agency.
BPA says a Financial Reserves Policy surcharge for power customers is likely mainly due to high power purchase expenses earlier in the year, which were $206 million more than BP-18 rate-case expectations.
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.
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.
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.
Greater QF liability, mild spring weather and higher operating costs largely offset an increase in net income for NorthWestern Energy’s second quarter of 2019.
Four automakers have reached a “framework agreement” with California on greenhouse gas emissions standards, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced July 25.
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.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on July 15 signed into law a new zero-emissions vehicles target, taking aim at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, her office said.
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.
Puget Sound Energy filed a general rate case June 20, saying it wants to recoup investments in hardware and software across its electric and natural gas systems to meet the needs of the 21st century.
Additional federal financial-security requirements for electric utilities to ensure they can cover the costs of cleaning up spills of coal ash and other hazardous substances are unnecessary, the Environmental Protection Agency said July 2.
Puget Sound Energy’s proposed Energize Eastside transmission project cleared a key permitting hurdle on June 27 after it received an approval from the City of Bellevue, Wash.