Clean Energy http://www.kplu.org en Expo Showcases Wash. State Companies' Budding Clean Tech Economy http://www.kplu.org/post/expo-showcases-wash-state-companies-budding-clean-tech-economy <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155747071&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A cornerstone of Gov. Jay Inslee’s election campaign was the promise of new jobs in clean technology.</p><p>But how healthy is the sector in Washington and what’s still holding it back? Hard data on those questions is yet to come, but a visit to the state's inaugural <a href="http://wacleantech.org/events-2/cleantech-showcase/" target="_blank">Clean Technology Showcase</a> provided some answers.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17338 at http://www.kplu.org Expo Showcases Wash. State Companies' Budding Clean Tech Economy Progress In Turning Woody Debris From Northwest Forests Into Biofuels http://www.kplu.org/post/progress-turning-woody-debris-northwest-forests-biofuels <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147121391&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In 2011, biofuels in the Northwest got a huge boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/update-biofuel-demand-high-80-million-uw-wsu-research">$80 million in grants</a> to researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State University. It’s meant to help turn woody biomass into environmentally-friendly fuels for cars and jets.</p><p>Now they’re at about the half-way point in their research, and several hundred are attending <a href="http://www.nararenewables.org/2014conference/" target="_blank">a conference on wood-based biofuels </a>in Seattle. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:11:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16321 at http://www.kplu.org Progress In Turning Woody Debris From Northwest Forests Into Biofuels Enviro Group Pushing Gov. Inslee To Adopt Clean Fuels Standard http://www.kplu.org/post/enviro-group-pushing-gov-inslee-adopt-clean-fuels-standard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The environmental group Climate Solutions</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is urging Gov. Jay&nbsp;</span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to exercise his executive power to adopt a clean fuels standard.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group's leaders spoke to reporters on Thursday in hopes of adding momentum to their efforts to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;follow in the footsteps of California and British Columbia</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:10:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 14232 at http://www.kplu.org White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy http://www.kplu.org/post/white-house-honor-seattle-vet-advancing-clean-energy <p>Avi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jacobson was serving his first tour in Iraq in 2007 when he noticed his own unit's heavy reliance on a single generator.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jacobson’s Air Force base ran almost solely on the generator, which was overworked with computers and air conditioners almost daily. When the usage hit the generator’s tipping point, Jacobson said, “everything would die," triggering an eerie silence.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:15:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10818 at http://www.kplu.org White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy FERC hearing on proposed Skykomish River hydro project http://www.kplu.org/post/ferc-hearing-proposed-skykomish-river-hydro-project <p>Federal officials will be in Index this week to hear from the public about a controversial <a href="http://www.snopud.com/?p=1956" target="_blank">proposal for a new dam</a> on the Skykomish River.</p><p>Representatives from the <a href="http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/results.asp" target="_blank">Federal Energy Regulatory Commission</a> will tour the proposed dam site at Sunset Falls, and take public comments as part of the licensing process. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9021 at http://www.kplu.org FERC hearing on proposed Skykomish River hydro project Federal bill would smooth way for small dams, hydropower http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-bill-would-smooth-way-small-dams-hydropower <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big dams that block rivers and salmon runs are out of vogue. But new legislation could clear the way for more small ones.</span></p><p>The removal of Washington’s Elwha dam — the largest dam removal in U.S. history — marked the end of an era in which big dams were embraced.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:06:13 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7995 at http://www.kplu.org Federal bill would smooth way for small dams, hydropower Northwest’s largest coal-fired power plant agrees to shut down by 2025 http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest%E2%80%99s-largest-coal-fired-power-plant-agrees-shut-down-2025 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956193.mp3</p><p>The owner of the largest coal-fired power plant in the Northwest has agreed to phase out coal-burning by the end of 2025.</p><p>Washington&rsquo;s governor and environmental groups announced an agreement with TransAlta Corporation Saturday. Within hours, the Washington State Senate <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5769&amp;year=2011">passed a bill</a> to turn the deal into law.</p><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:50:13 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 937 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest’s largest coal-fired power plant agrees to shut down by 2025 Ocean energy ideas proliferate http://www.kplu.org/post/ocean-energy-ideas-proliferate <p>Ideas for harnessing the power of the Pacific Ocean to create clean energy are proliferating.&nbsp; The rush of creativity is creating a flood of visits by electric engineers to coastal communities.<br> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 23:53:25 +0000 Tom Banse 183 at http://www.kplu.org Ocean energy ideas proliferate