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California's transportation sector represents its largest share of greenhouse gas emissions, but an executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom aims to change that while also creating opportunities for economic growth and manufacturing in the Golden State.

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Developers want to build one of Washington's biggest wind farms about 10 miles southwest of Benton County PUD's headquarters. However, the utility hopes the Horse Heaven proposal stays on the drawing board, because it officially opposes further wind development in the Pacific Northwest to se…

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California's electricity-generation future includes adding record amounts of solar generation and battery storage each year over the next 25 years, while keeping the majority of natural gas generation resources in use through 2045, state agencies said.

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Clean energy will provide about half of the demand across the Western Electricity Coordinating Council region by 2030 and as much 80 percent by 2050, based on current state mandates and goals set by cities, counties and utilities, according to analysis by the Northwest Power and Conservation…

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Fleets of new renewable resources, fewer thermal-fired resources and California's voracious energy demand will drive midday prices on the Mid-Columbia spot market into negative territory by 2041, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's preliminary price forecast for its 2…

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The Northwest Power Pool's development of a regional resource adequacy mechanism crossed an important milestone when NWPP announced Aug. 11 the Southwest Power Pool will design the region's resource adequacy program.

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A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Exxon Mobil have developed a new material able to more effectively and inexpensively capture carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas power plants for eventual reuse or sequestration.

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PacifiCorp on July 7 released a request for proposals seeking 4.3 GW of renewable energy and battery storage, the largest RFP in the utility's history and one of the largest calls for renewables in the industry.

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The Washington UTC has limited rate increases for Puget Sound Energy's electric and natural gas customers, while allowing the investor-owned utility to amortize and defer other expenses, in an attempt to reduce the economic impacts on customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The developers of the proposed 1,200 MW Goldendale pumped-storage project on June 23 filed a final license application, and asked FERC to acknowledge that it qualifies for "expedited treatment" under the recently passed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.

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A study released June 17 by a coalition of West Coast utilities envisions a chain of 27 electric-charging stations along Interstate 5, and eventually at major adjoining highways, to help facilitate adoption of medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks.

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Federal agencies are winding down their annual spring juggling act of water, fish and power, as this year's spring spill operations featured a record of amount of water spilled over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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When Grant County PUD applied in 1955 for a federal license for the Priest Rapids Projects, there was no market premium for carbon-free resources. So when Grant PUD agreed to compensate owners of the upstream Rock Island Dam for any generation lost due to the downstream Priest Rapids Project…

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California's grid operator issued its latest proposal for a series of major changes to its day-ahead wholesale electricity market, an initiative aimed at helping to integrate growing levels of solar and wind generation.

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In response to increasing runoff and high levels of wind generation lowering market demand for hydropower, BPA curtailed more than 3,000 MWh of wind in early June and asked the 1,207 MW Columbia Generating Station nuclear plant to load-follow.

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When BPA on May 19 asked Energy Northwest to reduce the output of its 1,207 MW Columbia Generating Station in southeastern Washington to 65 percent, and to return the nuclear plant to full output on May 25, it was the first time this happened under a new flexibility agreement signed in July.

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The best-case scenario in Tacoma Power's next draft two-year budget is a 3.5-percent decline in retail revenue over three years, according to the municipal utility. The worst case is a 12-percent decline that persists over two biennial budgets, a total of four years.

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The coronavirus pandemic so farappears to have had little effect on aggregate energy demand for the Northwest, but may have shifted around the hours of consumption, according to an analysis of preliminary federal data compiled by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

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Curtailments of solar generation in the California ISO grid are up dramatically so far in 2020, and even more so since shelter-in-place orders took effect, but the impact is not clear-cut and more factors are in play, according to a recent expert panel discussion.

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Alcoa is shuttering its Intalco Works smelter in northwest Washington, citing declining market conditions and first-quarter 2020 losses of $24 million for the plant, the company said in its April 22 quarterly earnings release.

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Stay-at-home orders to fight spread of the coronavirus pandemic have lowered demand for several Northwest utilities, according to early data, but the effects could become more severe if isolation orders are extended and the economy continues to falter.

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The Columbia River is flowing smoothly nearly six months after the last vestige of the Mid-C Hourly Coordinating Agreement—which coordinated power generation among Chelan, Douglas and Grant county PUDs—expired.

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Puget Sound Energy announced March 24 that it signed a power purchase agreement with Energy Keepers, the tribally owned corporation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, for 40 MW of hydroelectricity from the Selis Ksanka Qlispe hydroelectric project in Montana.

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