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Puget Sound Energy announced Jan. 21 a carbon reduction plan setting an aspirational goal of being a "Beyond Net Zero Carbon Company by 2045" that includes having net-zero carbon emissions for electric operations and supply by 2030 and being 100 percent carbon-free by 2045.

An atmospheric river that caught forecasters off guard swept across the Pacific Northwest starting late on Jan. 12, leaving landslides, flooding, snapped trees, downed power lines, and extensive outages in its wake.

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The first of TransAlta's two 670 MW coal-fired plants in Centralia permanently shut down on Dec. 31, per a 2011 agreement with Washington as part of ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

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"Urgency" is the word of the day as the California ISO rushes to put in place a series of market rules and procedural changes before the searing heat of another California summer drives up power demand.

New sensor technology and predictive models employing machine-learning methods under development by Chelan County PUD already are showing how they can reduce forced outages and unnecessary maintenance for the utility's hydropower fleet. One tool already is in beta testing, while others are i…

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A wave of coal retirements means the Northwest faces a 15 percent chance emergency action will be required to keep the lights on at least once in 2025, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's preliminary regional resource adequacy assessment.

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For the first time, LEDs became the majority product in the Northwest nonresidential lighting sector in 2019, when they accounted for 52 percent of unit sales, according to an annual survey published in September and conducted by BPA and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

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Installing carbon-capture technology at Montana's Colstrip coal-fired power plant would cost about $1.3 billion upfront, plus about $100 million in annual upkeep and operating expenses, according to a recently acquired 2018 study commissioned by U.S. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy.

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A surprise drop in frequency and voltage on the Pacific DC Intertie on Sept. 6 may have caused a spike in blood pressure among grid operators, but fail-safe mechanisms on the California-Oregon Intertie kicked in and successfully protected the grid.

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A next-generation nuclear resource is closer to becoming reality after a recent infusion of funds from the U.S. Department of Energy and the support of 32 Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems members that have committed to continue their participation in the Carbon Free Power Project, a 7…

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Environmentalists and the hydropower industry will work together to address the impacts of climate change by promoting the renewable energy and storage benefits of hydropower and the environmental and economic benefits of healthy rivers, according to a deal brokered by Stanford University.

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Idaho Power could completely exit the North Valmy coal-fired plant by the end of 2022, three years earlier than previously planned, according to the latest amendment of its integrated resource plan.

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Climate change-induced extreme heat, a failure to meet planning targets and certain practices in the day-ahead electricity market were the main factors in California's rolling blackouts in mid-August, a multiagency report says.

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Umatilla Electric Cooperative and PNGC Power announced Sept. 28 they had agreed to an "amicable" end to their 45-year relationship to allow the co-op to acquire its own generating resources.

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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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