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Gray is Green

Gray Is Green is the leading environmental education, advocacy, and action organization for older adults. America's greenest generations are calling for a cleaner, healthier future for everyone.   For More, see http://grayisgreen.org/home/

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Clean Energy Groups Protest Centralia TransAlta Coal Plant

OLYMPIA - A campaign by clean energy groups to shut down the Centralia coal-fired power plant by 2015 staged five events statewide Tuesday, including one at the Capitol Campus and another at a state Department of Ecology hearing in Lacey. The Coal-Free Washington campaign coordinated by the Sierra Club has identified the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia as the single largest stationary source of global warming gases, mercury and nitrogen oxide pollution

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Richland breaks ground on solar project

RICHLAND -- Richland's city electric utility is working to add solar power to its grid. The renewable power source will help fulfill a requirement of Initiative 937 passed by state voters in 2006. The clean energy initiative requires an electric utility with 25,000 or more customers to use "eligible renewable resources" to meet a portion of its load -- 3 percent by 2012, 9 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020. For More, see http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2010/07/09/1086279/richland-breaks-ground-on-solar.html

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Wind power and the lessons of history

Those of us in the great cities of the West Coast should stop for a moment and consider the last grand stretches of open country in the West. From eastern Oregon, to western Texas, to the magnificent Great Plains, those landscapes where earth and sky can wed in a glorious uninterrupted vastness are part of who Americans are as a people. While they may not have many people in them, we all, whether we know it or not, have some of them in us. They are

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Poll: Drilling support eroding

Support for increased offshore drilling has dropped significantly since oil started gushing off the Gulf Coast. Fifty-two percent of registered voters in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll favor increased offshore drilling. Support for increased offshore drilling has dropped significantly since oil started gushing off the Gulf Coast. Fifty-two percent of registered voters in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll favor increased offshore drilling.

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BPA upgrades system to ship wind power to Clark

The Bonneville Power Administration has started upgrading transmission lines in Eastern Oregon to accomodate a 63-turbine wind farm supplying power to Clark County homes and businesses.   For More, See Wind Power to Clark

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Sierra Club organizes effort to close coal-fired plant in Centralia

The Sierra Club brought its "Beyond Coal" campaign to Vancouver last week on the eve of Earth Day, urging an audience of 60 to pressure Gov. Chris Gregoire to close the state's only coal-fired plant sooner rather than later. As a first step, Doug Howell, who directs the club's Coal-Free Washington Campaign, asked members of the audience to write to the governor and ask her to set a time and place for public hearings she had promised 11 months ago

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‘Huge’ Solar energy project proposed for Kittitas Co

CLE ELUM -- A patch of previously logged timberland just outside Cle Elum could sprout one of the world's largest solar energy projects by late 2011. Developers announced the proposed photovoltaic manufacturing and solar power generating plant Thursday, saying it will create hundreds of family-wage construction and manufacturing jobs for a total investment of more than $100 million. Photovoltaics are a method for generating electricity by using solar

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State: Natural gas rates will drop by almost $15 a month for average customer in October

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission approved the lower rates, which amount to about a 16 percent drop. Puget Sound Energy is paying less for natural gas so the utility that serves me and a few hundred thousand others in the area asked to have its rates lowered. There's also a slight drop for electric customers. Natural gas rates for Puget Sound Energy customers drop again Electric rates go up slightly OLYMPIA, Wash. - For the second

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Feds pledge $89 million to study Northwest’s power grid

RICHLAND -- A project to examine how high technology can improve the Pacific Northwest's electric power grid has received an $88.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The money, to help pay for the $177.6 million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, was the largest among 32 grants DOE announced Tuesday as part of $620 million in stimulus aid.   For More, see http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20091125/NEWS03/711259846

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Washington short of biofuel goal

OLYMPIA -- The state isn't going to reach its goal next month of making biodiesel a significant portion of the fuel pumped into its fleet of cars, trucks and ferries. No state agency will be complying with a June 1 requirement for biodiesel to make up at least 20 percent of its fuel use.   For More, see http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090525/NEWS01/705259952

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