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Mar
26
Oregon gets extra $33M for energy efficiency
by damian | Uncategorized

Oregon will receive an additional $33,501,500 for local energy efficiency improvements under federal stimulus bill block grants announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy. The grants come on top of the $80 million already headed to Oregon for weatherization and other energy projects. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grants will provide $9,595,500 to the state Department of Energy. The rest of the total will be doled out to cities , counties and tribes, including $5.6 million to Portland, $1.5 million to Salem, $3.2 million to Clackamas County and $2.6 million to Washington County.

In all, the feds will provide $3.2 billion for the national program, which will provide funding for residential and commercial energy efficiency retrofits as well as transportation projects. Money was allocated to states based on population and energy consumption.

The full list of grant allocations in Oregon can be downloaded from the DOE here.

Mar
23
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by damian | Post

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Mar
22
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by admin | Post

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Mar
20
PGE considers small hydro projects
by damian | Uncategorized


Portland General Electric is looking into installing turbines in streams, canals and rivers, to help fill its renewable portfolio. The utility was set to meet with Roger Bedard at the Electric Power Research Institute this morning to explore whether such small hydrokinetic projects, essentially underwater wind turbines, make economic sense, said John Esler, PGE’s project manager for hydro licensing.

The decision comes amid the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s call for utilities to boost the nation’s hydro production by 90,000 megawatts in the next 10 or 15 years through upgrades to existing dams and hydrokinetic development. A two-year extension of the production tax credit under the economic recovery act is also good motivation to develop hydrokinetic projects.

The problem is that hydrokinetic technology is about where wind energy was 20 years ago, said FERC chairman Jon Wellinghoff in a speech to the Northwest Hydroelectric Association on Wednesday. “It’ll be a matter of economics,” he said.

Mar
09
Thomas Friedman lectures Oregon governor on carbon pricing
by damian | Uncategorized


New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman spoke at noon today at Portland State University about the dual opportunities presented by the climate crisis and financial crisis while Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski listened from the front row. At times, Friedman addressed the governor directly (though not by name), calling on elected officials in general and governors in particular, to institute regulations that put a price on carbon dioxide emissions. The Oregon Legislature is in the midst of a controversial debate over a statewide cap and trade program, which was proposed by the governor but has faced criticism from some industry lobbyists who fear the program would undermine economic growth (see my Green Inc. post from last month on the state’s cap and trade efforts).

Energy technology will be the next great industrial revolution, said Friedman, “but whatever you invent always has to compete against cheaper fuels.” Placing a price on carbon, whether through a carbon tax or a cap and trade system, helps level the playing field for low-carbon technologies, he said, looking directly at the governor. “Without a price signal that makes dirty fuels more expensive, we won’t get a clean, green revolution,” said Friedman.

He then admonished the crowd of some 1,300 students and members of the general public attending the free event to “change your leaders, not your light bulbs” if elected officials aren’t producing the kinds of regulations the green revolution needs to reach mass adoption.

Mar
04
Carbon budget shapes Portland’s new climate change goals
by damian | Uncategorized

In his state of the city speech last Friday, Portland Mayor Sam Adams announced the city’s new goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. That’s a huge undertaking, even for Portland, which managed to reduce emissions enough to equal 1990 levels in 2007, but is still short of its goal for 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2010. So the question is, how exactly is the city going to accomplish this?

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s formal plan isn’t due out for public comment until June, but some of the details have trickled out. The city is basing its plan on a carbon budget for 2050 - basically trying to divvy up emissions allowances from every source - transportation, electricity, home heating, etc, so that it all equals 20 percent of 1990 emissions.

That means fundamentally changing the way the city works, said BPS’s deputy director Michael Armstrong. One goal for cutting transportation-related emissions, for example, is to make every destination necessary for daily life, from dentist offices and grocery stores to parks and schools, accessible within a 20-minute walk from home. So city policies such as zoning and parking fees will become much more aggressive to promote denser development.

The city is also considering completely eliminating electricity from the carbon budget, meaning all of the city’s electricity needs would be met with renewables. Doing the same for home heating is a bigger challenge, said Armstrong, but they’re assessing the possibility for district energy development in some neighborhoods.