Press Release: Efficiency First Passes

The Washington State Legislature last night approved a bill to dramatically improve energy efficiency in buildings throughout the state. Now headed for Gov. Chris Gregoire’s desk, SB 5854 would gradually raise standards for new building construction, while improving energy efficiency in existing public buildings through insulation, better windows and improved heating and cooling systems. [PDF]

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NPCC 6th Northwest Power Plan Background

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.

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The Transformer – A bridge to somewhere? Natural gas, LNG and our clean energy future

More and more utilities are rushing to substitute gas-fired combustion turbines for coal in their resource plans while rapidly expanding their use of renewables and efficiency. But are the assumptions behind this change correct? The new rush to gas is raising serious questions about domestic and international supply, price and price volatility, and lifecycle carbon emissions. This edition of The Transformer addresses those questions and considers the controversy surrounding liquefied natural gas.

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Energy Matters Update

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.

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Energy Activist chronicles Power Council's 6th Plan hearings

The newest edition of The Energy Activist chronicles the recent four-state hearing process for the Northwest Power and Conservation Plan.

In city after city, state after state, hundreds rallied and spoke for a Northwest Power and Conservation Plan to boost our use of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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Coalition weighs in on TransAlta mercury settlement

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.

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