XsunX, Inc., a solar technology Company engaged in the build-out of its multi-megawatt amorphous thin film photovoltaic (TFPV) solar manufacturing facilities in Oregon, provides a look into 2008’s initiatives, legislation, and events set to positively impact the Renewable Energy Industry and reduce dependence on carbon based fuels. – In October, the 30-percent Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) was extended for 8 years. Important to this... Read more..
Columbia Sportswear Company, a global leader in the outdoor apparel and footwear industries, and Tanner Creek Energy today announced that the companies have begun installation of a 100 KW grid-tied solar electric system at Columbia’s Portland, Oregon headquarters. When completed, the system will consist of a total of 570 photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted on the roof of two of Columbia’s buildings. Power generated by the system will be fed... Read more..
Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural reported the company has filed an all-parties settlement with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission regarding the company’s general rate case filed on March 28, 2008. The stipulated agreement requires approval by the WUTC. Approximately 10 percent of NW Natural’s customers are in Washington. Parties to the settlement include NW Natural, the staff of the WUTC, the Public Counsel Section... Read more..
Hydro International, a leading provider of environmentally sustainable products and innovative solutions that control and treat stormwater, wastewater and combined sewer overflows, today announced an agreement to supply the City of Ottawa, Canada, with 940 Reg-U-Flo® Vortex Valve inlet control devices to alleviate basement flooding in the downtown area. The City expects to install 485 Reg-U-Flo devices in a two-phase project by the summer of 2009.... Read more..
Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural filed updated requests with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC) and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) for rate increases to cover higher wholesale natural gas costs. The Company is requesting a 14 percent rate increase in Oregon and a 20 percent rate increase in Washington for residential customers, which is significantly below its original projections made last July.... Read more..
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. announces that it has received a US$2.0 million award from the US Department of Energy (DoE), in support of OPT’s wave power project in Reedsport, Oregon. The DoE grant will be used to help fund the fabrication, assembly and factory testing of the first PowerBuoy® to be installed at the Reedsport site. This system will be a 150 kilowatt-rated PB150 PowerBuoy, major portions of which will be fabricated and integrated... Read more..
Robert McCullough of McCullough Research (Portland, OR) will speak to members of the Subcommittee on Energy of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on September 16 at 2:30 pm in Hearing Room SD-366. The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on recent analyses of the role of speculative investment in energy markets. Robert McCullough will call for more transparency in data reported to and published by federal agencies. “The... Read more..
Ash Grove Cement Company manufacturing plants in Kansas and Washington earned the federal government’s prestigious Energy Star Award for the company’s superior performance in management of energy use. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gave the award to Ash Grove in special recognition of the company’s energy-efficient operations in Chanute, Kan. and Seattle, Wash. Each Ash Grove facility... Read more..
On Saturday, August 23, the 2008 Hydrogen Road Tour arrived at the SunLine Transit Terminal in Thousand Palms, California to fuel a caravan of hydrogen vehicles on the final leg of a cross country journey stretching from Portland, Maine to Los Angeles, California. The event showcased a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles, demonstrating the commercial viability of hydrogen-based fuel. As the Road Tour made its way to Los Angeles, SunLine’s Hydrogen... Read more..
For the first time in 40 years, salmon and steelhead could soon be swimming their way down the Metolius, Crooked and upper Deschutes Rivers as a result of new equipment now in advanced stages of construction. Portland General Electric (PGE) (NYSE:POR) and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, co-owners of the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project, will be restoring fish passage around the Pelton and Round Butte dams... Read more..