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Pacific Northwest Energy Digest, Summer 2017

Diane Henkels

Greetings Energy Colleagues:

The Pacific Northwest Energy Digest is a summary of mostly government energy related events produced quarterly.  Work and other opportunities for small business are highlighted in Yellow.

The purpose of the Energy Digest is to even the information playing field as we move forward to a cleaner energy economy.  

Some highlights are the following:

State legislative sessions 2017

Regional/National:

  • Northwest Power Planning Council white paper on storage, Columbia River fish & wildlife costs
  • BPA requesting comments on energy efficiency manual
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation produces paper on consultation and tribes

Oregon:

  • Oregon Global Warming Commission mtg
  • Oregon Dept of Energy Rulemakng re Home Energy Performance
  • Oregon Public Utility Commission PacifiCorp Multijurisdictional

Washington:

  • Washington Dept of Commerce re Energy Independence Act rulemaking
  • Washington announces recipients of energy efficiency and solar photovoltaic
  • Washington Puget Sound Energy rate request 

Idaho:

  • Opportunities with Idaho National Laboratory
  • Idaho PUC energy storage and PURPA
  • Idaho Power Integrated Resource Plan

Montana:

  • Public Services Commission Technical Conference on Capacity Planning and Resource Adequacy
  • MPSC Chair’s Report includes update on 2017 Legislature
  • Electric Reliability Report

Alaska:

  • Resource Commission of Alaska Electric Vehicle Off-Peak Charging Rate
  • Matanuska Electric requesting increase of base rates
  • Legislature just ended/going back?

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Pacific Northwest Energy Digest January 2017

Diane Henkels

The Pacific Northwest Energy Digest is a summary of mostly government energy-related events in the Pacific Northwest.  Events included are generally free and open to the public participation.  Below is the Pacific Northwest Energy Digest for January 2017.  Some highlights include the following: 

Oregon:

—Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) reports re Climate Change & Solar Energy

—Oregon Dept of Energy Renewable Energy Grant

--Business Oregon with larger community solar projects

--OPUC re Transportation electrification rules

--OPUC re Energy storage guidelines

Washington:

--Legislature's Technology & Economic Development Committee re renewables policies

Idaho:

—Idaho National Lab's education STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) grants

--Idaho National Lab's Electric Vehicle research 

--INL & nuclear museum

Montana:

—Carbon capture from Colstrip coal plant

—Interim Legislative Newsletter 

Alaska:

—Governor's Response to White House Announcement re Oil and Gas Leasing in the Arctic

National (the other Washington):

--SBA grants for SBIR and STTR grants (small business and technology/innovation)

--Federal court ruling denying dismissal of childrens' lawsuit re climate change

--Aquaharmonics in Portland, OR wins a Wave Energy prize from US Dept of Energy

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL:

--National Governors' Association modernizing the grid, including Oregon and Washington 

Pacific Northwest Energy Digest April 2015

Diane Henkels

Greetings Energy colleagues,

Please find at this link a summary of mostly government related energy events for April 2015:

Energy Digest

http://www.cleantechlaw.org/p/energy-digest.html

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Some highlights include the following:

International/regional:

—Links to the upcoming Bonn, Germany Technical Experts meetings for the UN Framework on Climate Change 

—States public utilities commissions meeting with Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, OR

—State by state update on legislative sessions’ energy related bills in Energy Digest appendices  

Oregon:

—Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Sage Grouse rule making

—PacifiCorp Integrated Resource Plan

—Oregon Public Utilities Commission Resource Value of Solar

—Chernaik v. Kitzhaber climate change litigation

Washington:

—Clean Energy Fund winner updates

—PacifiCorp Integrated Resource Plan

—Pacific Power Rate Case

Idaho:

—Air quality permits for pipeline project

—Pacificorp general rate case

—5 year contracts for PURPA projects

Montana:

—Northwestern Energy application to revise rates paid to qualifying facilities

—Coal Board environmental review process presentation

—Building code annual conference

Alaska:

—Rate increase for natural gas transportation

—Alaska Services Commission examining and acting on rules re purchasing power from qualifying facilities

—New rules re power project loan funds

National--the other Washington:

---Executive Order 13693--Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

---FERC workshop re the Section 106 and Tribal consultation processes re cultural resources

---Technical conference on policy issues associated with reliability of the Bulk Power System

---Fish and Wildlife Service re Sage Grouse

---9th Cir oral argument re FERC & Redispatch policy

Special thanks to Attorney Tim Martin, LLM, for assistance in producing this issue.  Thank you also to Bjarke Kronborg, eWind Solutions, Inc., for editing assistance.  Errors are to be attributed only to Henkels Law LLC, and check back for site corrections.    The Pacific Northwest Energy Digest is improving.  Feel free to reply with comments as to how you would like to see it evolve.