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Complicating “Coal By Wires” Regulation, Minnesota Court Strikes Down Greenhouse Gas Regulation

In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences for state-level attempts to regulate greenhouse gases, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on April 18 issued …

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Pacific Coast Action Plan Sets Framework for Regional Climate and Energy Action

Last week, the governors of the three West Coast states and the Premier of British Columbia signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. While …

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Energy Trust of Oregon Issues RFP to Support Early Stage Renewable Development

The Energy Trust of Oregon recently released an RFP for Renewable Energy Project Assistance Funding. The Energy Trust will provide $40,000 to $150,000 to selected projects to …

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PacifiCorp Issues Oregon Solar RFP

PacifiCorp late yesterday issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for Oregon solar photovoltaic projects. The RFP is intended to help PacifiCorp comply with Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, …

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Logging Roads Do Not Require NPDES Permits; Scalia Dissent Suggests Major Change Afoot in Administrative Law

On March 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the discharge of channeled stormwater runoff from logging roads is not a “point source,” and logging operators therefore …

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Ocean Energy On the Move in the Northwest: Oregon Adopts New Rules, FERC Finds No Significant Environmental Impacts for Snohomish PUD’s Admiralty Inlet Tidal Project

Several recent developments in Oregon and Washington suggest that ocean energy — electric generation driven by wave and tidal action — is about to step onto the …

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Oregon Releases 10-Year Energy Plan, Emphasizing Conservation, Renewables, Infrastructure Investment, and Alternative Fuels

On December 17, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released Oregon’s “10-Year Energy Action Plan,” which sets out a long-term framework for Oregon’s energy policy. While not binding, the …

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