energy http://kuow.org en Propane And Butane Export Terminal Proposed For Longview, Wash. http://kuow.org/post/propane-and-butane-export-terminal-proposed-longview-wash Nearly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/business/energy-environment/industry-in-north-dakota-promises-to-reduce-flared-natural-gas.html?_r=0" title="">30 percent of the gas released</a> during crude oil production in the Bakken oil fields is flared off – burned into the air and essentially wasted.<p>This week, a Houston-based company proposed building a terminal in Longview, Wash. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:04:35 +0000 Cassandra Profita 32362 at http://kuow.org Propane And Butane Export Terminal Proposed For Longview, Wash. Oregon Wave Energy Project Sinks http://kuow.org/post/oregon-wave-energy-project-sinks Plans to deploy Oregon’s first commercial wave energy project have been formally dropped by the company.<p>After spending millions on the project off the coast of Reedsport, Ore., Ocean Power Technologies pulled the plug and will focus on another project in Australia.<p>Kevin Watkins, a company representative, said this would have actually been the first such project in the Western Hemisphere — but they had trouble securing adequate funds.<p>“In consultation with the Department of Energy, OPT has made the decision to terminate further work on the project and initiate decommission and close-out Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:02:47 +0000 Devan Schwartz 32359 at http://kuow.org Oregon Wave Energy Project Sinks Coast Guard Blames Kulluk Grounding on Shell Oil's Complacency, Risk Taking http://kuow.org/post/coast-guard-blames-kulluk-grounding-shell-oils-complacency-risk-taking <p>A US Coast Guard investigation blames Shell Oil's complacency and risk-taking for an oil rig running aground on a remote Alaskan Island on New Year's Eve 2012.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:52:06 +0000 John Ryan 31963 at http://kuow.org Coast Guard Blames Kulluk Grounding on Shell Oil's Complacency, Risk Taking Puget Sound Tidal Energy Project Approved By Feds http://kuow.org/post/puget-sound-tidal-energy-project-approved-feds <p></p><p>Puget Sound tides may soon be generating power. A proposal for the world’s first grid-connected tidal energy project received <a href="http://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/comm-meet/2014/032014/H-1.pdf" title="a federal license">a federal license</a> Thursday. The project has been almost eight years in the making. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:29:54 +0000 Courtney Flatt 30999 at http://kuow.org Puget Sound Tidal Energy Project Approved By Feds Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria http://kuow.org/post/turning-food-waste-fuel-takes-gumption-and-trillions-bacteria Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_education/newtown_wwtp.shtml">Newtown Creek</a> Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.<p>The plant's longtime superintendent, Jimmy Pynn, shows off the plant's crown jewels: eight huge, shiny, oval-shaped steel tanks known as digester eggs. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Joel Rose 30234 at http://kuow.org Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria The End Of The Bulb As We Know It? Not Quite http://kuow.org/post/end-bulb-we-know-it-not-quite <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/123013JR_NewBulbs_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>January 1 is the end of the era of your standard, soft white Edison-designed incandescent bulb in the United States. Or at least, in theory.<p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:13:11 +0000 Jessica Robinson 26318 at http://kuow.org The End Of The Bulb As We Know It? Not Quite Heat Pump Water Heaters A Hot Commodity, But Not For Everyone http://kuow.org/post/heat-pump-water-heaters-hot-commodity-not-everyone <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/110713MB_HeatPumpWaterHeaters_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Electric water heaters eat up a lot of power -- and can take up about a fifth of your electricity bill. But there’s a hot new thing in the water heater world.<p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:27:01 +0000 Miles Bryan 23820 at http://kuow.org Heat Pump Water Heaters A Hot Commodity, But Not For Everyone A House You Could Heat With A Hair Dryer http://kuow.org/post/house-you-could-heat-hair-dryer <p>At the forefront of energy saving home construction is movement called Passive House. Passive houses are so air tight, builders say they can be heated with a hair dryer.</p><p>Buildings consume an estimated 42 percent of America’s energy – more than any other sector. Moving to a more sustainable future compels more energy efficiency in new building construction Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:09:24 +0000 Ross Reynolds 23367 at http://kuow.org A House You Could Heat With A Hair Dryer Pacific Coast Action Plan On Climate And Energy Ambitious, But Lacking Legal Value http://kuow.org/post/pacific-coast-action-plan-climate-and-energy-ambitious-lacking-legal-value <p>Steve Scher talks with David Roberts, energy and politics writer for Grist, about the ambitious new climate change agreement brokered by Washington Governor Jay Inslee along with the governors of California and Oregon and the Premier of British Columbia. However, the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy has no legal value, leading critics to question its significance. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:44:29 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich 22903 at http://kuow.org Hydrofracking: The Controversy Behind Mining For Natural Gas http://kuow.org/post/hydrofracking-controversy-behind-mining-natural-gas <p>Steve Scher sits down with Alex Prud’homme, writer and journalist, to talk about his new book, "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."&nbsp; Prud’homme explains the basics of the controversial method of mining natural gas and outlines both sides of the debate.&nbsp; Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:53:03 +0000 Steve Scher 22873 at http://kuow.org Hydrofracking: The Controversy Behind Mining For Natural Gas Mayors Argue To Cut Fossil Fuel Stock, But Skeptic Urges Softer Approach http://kuow.org/post/mayors-argue-cut-fossil-fuel-stock-skeptic-urges-softer-approach <p>Investment advisors from across the country met on Friday in Seattle in hopes of cutting fossil fuels from the stock portfolios they manage. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:55:12 +0000 John Ryan 22433 at http://kuow.org Mayors Argue To Cut Fossil Fuel Stock, But Skeptic Urges Softer Approach Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History http://kuow.org/post/proposed-power-lines-tangle-native-american-history Imagine running power lines through a cathedral. That's how archaeologists describe what the Bonneville Power Administration proposes doing in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state. The federal electricity provider is trying to string <a href="http://efw.bpa.gov/environmental_services/Document_Library/Big_Eddy-Knight/" target="_blank">a new transmission line</a> near a cave that contains ancient paintings, a site considered sacred by Native Americans.<p>The paintings are inside a tall cave on a rocky hillside in Wishram, Wash. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:43:00 +0000 Colin Fogarty 20942 at http://kuow.org Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History Washington’s Largest Coal User Unfazed by Obama’s Climate Plan http://kuow.org/post/washington-s-largest-coal-user-unfazed-obama-s-climate-plan <p>President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging plan for action on climate change, announced Tuesday at Georgetown University, includes regulating carbon emissions from existing coal-burning power plants for the first time. In the Pacific Northwest, relatively little coal is used, but one of the region’s biggest coal consumers is sticking with its plans to keep relying on the dirtiest of all fossil fuels. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:41:45 +0000 John Ryan 15589 at http://kuow.org Washington’s Largest Coal User Unfazed by Obama’s Climate Plan Wash. Rated First In Renewable Energy, But Will State Meet Its 2020 Renewable Energy Goals? http://kuow.org/post/wash-rated-first-renewable-energy-will-state-meet-its-2020-renewable-energy-goals <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Washington state ranks number one in the nation for our use of renewable energy sources according to <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2013/05/renewable_energy_map_wind_solar_hydroelectric_power_use_by_state.html">an analysis by Slate Magazine</a>. The ranking includes hydroelectric power&nbsp;but the state’s own 2020 renewable energy goals do not. Ross Reynolds speaks with Jessica Finn Coven, the director of Climate Solutions, about whether Washington’s on track to meet our 2020 renewable energy goals.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 17:38:21 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 13473 at http://kuow.org Wash. Rated First In Renewable Energy, But Will State Meet Its 2020 Renewable Energy Goals? Shell's Arctic "Beer Can" Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound http://kuow.org/post/shells-arctic-beer-can-passes-federal-test-puget-sound <p></p><p>Shell Oil Co. had to postpone its Arctic drilling until 2014 after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter, but Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continue in Puget Sound.</p><p>The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators in March in the waters off Anacortes, Wash., north of Seattle. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:16:01 +0000 John Ryan 11824 at http://kuow.org Shell's Arctic "Beer Can" Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound