Monday, April 25, 2011

Oregon is the 9th Greenest State

Vermont is first, coal-burning Ohio is worst, and Oregon is ninth. 

An Earth day analysis by 24/7 Wall St., using 49 measurements from 27 different sources, tried to rate the states according to their environmental impact, activities and policies.  Oregon rated ninth overall.  According to the report,
Oregon does exceptionally well both in policy and alternative energy. In the Pew Center on Global Climate Change’s list of state energy-saving programs, Oregon has the second-most, behind only California. The state also produces the second-most hydroelectric energy, and the eighth most non-hydroelectric alternative energy, mostly from state wind farms.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Proposed Washington State solar plant wilting under money difficulties

A $300 million solar photovoltaic plant, the Teanaway Solar Reserve, slated to be built in Central Washington is running into money troubles and may not happen. 

They have been supported by generous tax incentives from government and some guaranteed business when completed, but that doesn’t seem enough now to put them over the top. 

An attempt to get an even better deal from governments was skuppered after environmentalists objected to changing the law merely to benefit one company.

        See Future of proposed solar-power plant looks dim - Seattle Times