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Company Drops Plans for Coal-Export Dock in Oregon

From the Associated Press: An energy company has scrapped plans to build a coal dock on the Columbia River in eastern Oregon. The East Oregonian reports that the proposed Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman would have shipped 8 million tons of coal down the river each year for export to […]

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Both Promoters and Opponents Sense a Pulse in Dormant Gateway Pacific Coal-Export Project

Christopher Coats for SNL: Months after federal and Washington state officials effectively halted progress on the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal, project backers have moved to ensure that they can return to the project at a later date, while opponents are moving to halt it completely with an expansion of state protection. The proposed […]

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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Solar Glut in California Highlights Demand for a More Integrated Regional Grid

Lauren Sommer and Stephanie Joyce: In California, there is so much solar energy that grid operators have to switch off solar farms. One solution of dealing with the additional power generated is to share the renewable wealth across state borders. Right now, California’s grid runs mostly on its own, like an island. But if there […]

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Op-Ed: Oregon Leads Way in U.S. Energy Transition

Mike Riley and Susan Brody for the Bend (Ore.) Bulletin: Oregon leads the way in more than beer, sneakers, and computer chips. We have long been out in front on key environmental issues. We are justly proud of our public beaches and of our recycling and land use planning innovations that have been emulated across […]

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Oregon Enacts Coal-Generation Phase-Out

Kristena Hansen for the Seattle Times: With the stroke of Gov. Kate Brown’s signature Friday, Oregon became the first state to eradicate coal from its power supply through legislation and now boasts some of the most stringent demands for renewable energy among its state peers. The new law will wipe out coal-generated energy in phases […]

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Oregon Lawmakers Agree to 50% Renewables, Phase-out of Coal

Jeff Stanfield for SNL: The Oregon Senate on March 2 passed a measure that requires the state’s two major investor-owned utilities to quit selling electricity from all but one coal-fired generating plant by 2030 and obtain 50% of power sold to retail customers from renewable energy by 2040. Senate Bill 1547 B passed the Senate […]

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Oregon Utilities Agree to Coal Phase-Out

Ted Sickinger for The Oregonian: Oregon’s two biggest electric utilities told state regulators Friday that their compromise plan to eliminate coal-fired electricity and meet half their customers’ demand with renewable energy would be affordable, technically feasible and vastly preferable to ballot measures that environmental groups are proposing for next November. It’s not clear if those […]

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Oregon Moves to Match California’s 50% Mandate for Renewable Energy

Krysti Shallenberger for Utility Dive: Oregon utilities could soon join their neighbors to the South in having to comply with a 50% renewable energy mandate, though on a more relaxed timeframe. While California’s 50%-by-2030 mandate was signed into law last year, the Oregon bill still has to muster approval from the Oregon Legislature, but Oregon […]

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The Whac-a-Mole Strategy Works (and Is Helping Shape the New Energy Economy)

Yogi Berra Was Right: You Can Observe a Lot Just by Watching

Whac-a-Mole is an arcade game in which a mole pops up from a hole and must be hit in the head with a mallet. This sends it back down its hole. As soon as one mole is whacked, another pops up from a different hole and must be similarly dispatched. The moles keep coming back […]

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