The Northwest Power and Conservation Council, the region’s official power planning agency, is currently seeking public comment on its draft 6th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan, which assesses the region’s long-term electricity needs and identifies power sources to meet them with.
The NW Energy Coalition tackles issues related to its four pillar objectives: securing all cost-effective energy efficiency, investing in new renewable energy, protecting energy consumers – especially low-income consumers, and restoring fish and wildlife harmed by the Northwest’s hydropower system. Specific issues and venues vary over time and geography, but all our actions point toward a future in which energy efficiency and new renewable energy meet all our growing power needs, benefiting energy users and enhancing wildlife and the environment.
Using simple smart water heaters to integrate intermittent renewables
– Wind-generated power is clean, relatively cheap and available in large quantities. But the wind itself is quite unpredictable, so much so that for each average megawatt (aMW) of wind power we need, we must erect about 3 megawatts of turbine capacity, since actual output could be anywhere from 0 to 3 megawatts at any instant.
Another one bites the dust
Clean energy activists combine efforts to defeat dirty coal plant
Four years of multi-pronged efforts by clean energy activists throughout the West have resulted in the official death of a proposed dirty coal plant in Utah known as IPP3. Legislative, regulatory and electoral campaigns were waged and won in at least six states to secure the victory.
Your help will be needed on new regional power plan
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.
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 […]
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo discusses energy-related issues, such as renewable energy, water and endangered salmon plans, during a speech to the NW Energy Coalition.
Some commonly made claims and frequently asked questions about what the Initiative does and does not do.
Concerned about 937’s impact on consumers and low-income residents of Washington state? This letter to the members of the Washington State Legislature from Michael Karp, Executive Director of A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity, addresses how the Clean Energy Initiative will help protect low-income families from higher utility bills and provide local jobs and income.
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]
Moderator Mat Northway of the Eugene Water & Electric Board and a panel of local and national experts discuss the promise of energy efficiency at the 2008 Fall Conference in Portland, OR…