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[CU 1864 / August 17, 2018]
Pacific Lamprey Recovery to Enter Next Phase, If Funding Comes Through
Tribal scientists who have long been seeking to restore Pacific lamprey in the Columbia River Basin have been relocating adults to rivers where numbers are low, and developing methods to rear lamprey larvae from eggs. Now, with approval from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and a favorable review from the Independent Scientific Review Panel, they’re hoping to test a hatchery program in a few rivers across the basin, but first need additional approvals and a go-ahead from BPA for funding.
Corporate Appetite for Green Energy Sets Record; NW Buying Pace May Pick Up
Corporate appetite for clean energy has reached a new high in 2018, and the pace of procurement may be about to pick up in the Northwest. Rocky Mountain Institute announced Aug. 8 that U.S. corporations purchased 3.57 GW of renewable energy projects this year, exceeding the record set in 2015 of 3.12 GW and easily topping last year’s total 2.89 GW of contracts.
Washington Electric Utilities Meet Conservation, RPS Mandates
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All but one of Washington’s 17 eligible utilities has met or exceeded the current 9-percent mandate under Washington’s renewables portfolio standard for 2018, mostly using RECs. Clark Public Utilities complied using an option available when there is no load growth. Also, all 17 handily met their two-year conservation targets, according to filings with the state’s Commerce Department and Washington UTC.
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