Every five years, the Northwest’s official power planning agency — the Northwest Power and Conservation Council — conducts a fresh assessment of the region’s long-term electricity needs and issues a blueprint for meeting them.
Issues: Climate Change
Human-induced global warming poses perhaps the greatest threat ever to our very survival and that of countless other plant and animal species across the globe. To achieve the cuts in emissions in carbon dioxide and other global-warming pollutants needed to avoid the most dire consequences of climate change, we must stop relying on carbon-emitting fossil-fueled power plants for our electricity. In addition to promoting clean energy choices by utilities and regulatory agencies, the NW Energy Coalition is actively engaged in state and regional processes aimed at economy-wide cuts in carbon pollution.
Official NW Energy Coalition comments on a proposed air-quality agreement between Washington state and Centralia, Wash., coal plant owner TransAlta reflect a significant weakening of mercury emissions requirements from those adopted in 11 other states and previously considered by Washington state officials.
NW Energy Coalition Resolution on the Need for National Climate and Energy Legislation – May 30, 2009
Final Resolution NW Energy Coalition Resolution on the Need for National Climate and Energy Legislation May 30, 2009 Whereas it is vital that Congress take action in 2009 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impacts from global warming, and Whereas the Coalition has previously expressed its principles on greenhouse gas emissions reductions […]
An IGCC or “clean coal” plant actually combines three distinct technologies – a gasifier, a combustion turbine and a steam turbine. In the first phase, gasification, coal is heated to produce a gas. In phase two the gas turns a turbine (similar to a high-powered airplane engine) to make electricity. In phase three the excess heat from the turbine is captured and used to boil water to make steam, which is then used to make electricity. [PDF]
Exploring the impacts of climate legislation on low-income communities. [audio transcripts]
FINAL RESOLUTION NW Energy Coalition Resolution on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Principles October 2007, Section G approved by Executive Board March 20, 2008 Whereas there is scientific consensus that the planet is heating due to the accumulation of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere, and Whereas the overwhelming portion of the increase […]
On Oct. 12, 2007, NW Energy Coalition stalwarts Ralph Cavanagh of Natural Resources Defense Council and Jim Lazar, Consulting Economist went toe-to-toe in a fascinating debate over how to create a fair and effective cap-and-trade system. The debate, a highlight of the Coalition’s fall board conference in Seattle, was recorded by the Seattle Channel and is now available for online viewing…