Panel explores paths to NW resource adequacy

As the Northwest electric system transitions away from fossil fuel resources, many are asking how utilities plan to meet future power needs.  On May 7, 2020, the NW Energy Coalition hosted a webinar exploring that question and others.  The webinar was moderated by Coalition Senior Policy Associate, Fred Heutte.  Joining him on the panel were…

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Forth: EV sales Post-COVID-19 road ahead webinar — May 19

What Is the Road Ahead for Electric Car Sales? May 19th 10AM to 11AM Speakers will highlight the impact COVID-19 and provide strategies to continue to accelerate transportation electrification. Sales of traditional new cars were already showing signs of weakness as much of the world reached “peak car” this year. But the coronavirus and the resulting economic…

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Forth: TE infrastructure & stimulus webinar — May 12th

Transportation Electrification, Infrastructure, and Stimulus May 12th 10AM to 11AM As discussions in Washington DC turn to a long-term economic recovery, prospects for a substantial infrastructure bill that can also stimulate that recovery seem better than ever. What should that bill do to advance transportation electrification? What lessons can be learned from past programs, including…

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Advancing energy efficiency during the COVID-19 crisis

A new analysis finds that, in March, the economic crisis associated with the coronavirus pandemic resulted in over 106,000 workers who are employed by clean energy businesses such as solar installers, wind developers, and energy efficiency-related businesses, losing their jobs. Layoffs continued in April and could eventually number more than 500,000, or about 15% of the nation’s 3.4 million clean energy workers. The energy…

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How utilities can help customers, communities cope with COVID-19

On behalf of the NW Energy Coalition staff and board, we hope you are staying safe in the midst of the national public health emergency around coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to the physical well-being concerns that COVID-19 is raising, we are also aware of the enormous economic effects that this crisis will have on many…

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Utilities, environmental groups ask NW governors to address Snake River salmon issue

The NW Energy Coalition joins group in calling for regional dialogue SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — In a letter to the Governors of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon, energy company and conservation community leaders called on elected officials across the Pacific Northwest to prioritize collaborative solutions to address the issues surrounding the Lower Snake River, including the…

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OPALCO Board Rescinds Resolution Opposing Dam Removal

Today, the Orcas Power and Light Cooperative board of directors unanimously rescinded a resolution passed last September in which the board expressed its opposition to removal of four lower Snake River dams as well as the now ongoing Washington stakeholder process that is exploring the social and economic implications of possible dam removal. Confronted with…

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Fall 2019 Clean & Affordable Energy Conference Digest

Energy leaders discuss challenges and opportunities as the Northwest transitions to a clean energy system On December 2, the NW Energy Coalition hosted its Fall 2019 Clean & Affordable Energy Conference on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle.  Conference guests participated in discussions and presentations exploring the region’s upcoming transition to an…

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Colstrip Units 1 & 2 to retire at year end

This morning, Talen Montana, the operator and co-owner with Puget Sound Energy of Colstrip units 1 and 2, announced that the units will be retired at year-end.  The retirement will remove a major emitter of greenhouse gases and air pollution from the Northwest energy system and, by freeing up transmission capacity from eastern Montana to…

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