Archive for February, 2008
The real cost of the Oregon RPS
by damian | Uncategorized

The Bend Bulletin had a story yesterday that hits on one of the biggest issues Oregon utilities are facing in this post-RPS world, which is how they’re going to pay for renewable energy integration.

I had an interesting talk with an energy attorney this week who said she expects renewables to be more costly for utilities than anyone ever predicted. And with cost caps at 4% in the current law, that could seriously limit renewable development. One saving grace is that Oregon’s RPS allows utilities to buy power from out of state. So Oregon can buy low-cost wind power from Montana, for example, and still meet the RPS targets. Other states aren’t so lucky. Washington state may need to scrap its RPS and start over because the law requires utilities to meet the goals with in-state production, and it’s going to be too costly for utilities to implement.

Oregon’s Dead Zone
by damian | Uncategorized

I’m anticipating the Oregon Wave Energy Trust to release a report soon outlining what research the state needs to tackle first to determine the effects of wave energy parks on ocean life.

Oregon’s migrating gray whales will also be concerned with the results of the report, I’m sure. I was amazed to learn on a visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center that scientists still have no idea, for example, where exactly whales travel when they migrate from Alaska to Mexico. (I also had the chance to see my first whale spout through a research team’s binos, woo hoo!)

But as the Seattle P-I reports, researchers know something is already really wrong with marine life off the Oregon coast, which suffers from severely low oxygen levels or “dead zones”. The question is, will wave parks add insult to injury?
Where’s Anthony Michael Hall when you need him?