Sightline article: The new Oregon carbon tax report is out

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) modeled different carbon tax scenarios in Oregon that would start at $10 per ton and increase at different rates over time. In nearly ever scenario, Oregon was able to reach its goal of a 10% carbon reduction below 1990 levels by 2020. NERC concluded that a carbon tax would generate significant state revenue and thousands of jobs.

Appliance Standards Awarness Project blog post: New standards to improve efficiency of clothes washers in laundromats and apartments

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will reduce the energy and water use of commercial clothes washers, which are used in laundromats and multi-family buildings. On a national level, the new standards will save 70 trillion Btus of energy over 30 years of sales, an amount equivalent to the annual energy use of 390,000 U.S. households, and yield net present value savings for customers of $240 to $530 million.

Give the gift of clean and affordable energy this holiday season! Donate to the NW Energy Coalition today!

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Continued support from you and other individuals across the Northwest is vital to our region’s clean energy success. We need leaders like you, with expertise, knowledge and passion about our issues to stand with the NW Energy Coalition and add your voice to the call for the proven policy solutions to today’s clean energy challenges. Please donate to the NW Energy Coalition today!

Oregonian guest opinion: How wind power helps rural Oregon

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Wind farm in Wisconsin

Erin Hansell-Heideman of Ione, Oregon explains how renewable energy development is an economic boon for rural communities. Wind farms generate clean electricity, create thousands of rural jobs and accrue millions of dollars in revenue for schools. Hansel-Heidman says, “By harvesting Oregon’s abundant wind resources we are opening up opportunities for rural communities and other family farms throughout the state.”

Northwest electricity consumers enjoying higher and higher energy savings

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Northwest utilities and their customers continue to beat their regional energy efficiency targets and remain on-course to exceed the five-year savings goal established by the 6th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan. In 2013, the region achieved 268 average megawatts of energy efficiency. According to the region’s official power planning agency, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, that’s enough negawatts (energy savings) to satisfy the electricity needs of more than 180,000 Northwest homes.