Electricity http://kplu.org en McGinn defends City Light plan to raise utility's rates http://kplu.org/post/mcginn-defends-city-light-plan-raise-utilitys-rates <p>The tendency for politicians to put off rate increases has meant decades of instability for customers of Seattle City Light. That&rsquo;s according to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who has unveiled <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/light/strategic-plan/">a new strategic plan</a>, which would raise electricity rates a total of 28 percent over the next six years.</p><p><strong>Businesses want stability</strong></p><p>Though raising rates is unpopular, McGinn says the plan will create more predictability for customers &ndash; something that&rsquo;s especially important for businesses.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 00:33:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4956 at http://kplu.org McGinn defends City Light plan to raise utility's rates Ford unveiling all-new Focus electric car in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/ford-unveiling-all-new-focus-electric-car-seattle <p>Seattle&#39;s Century Link Field is again the location for the unveiling of a new all-electric car.&nbsp;</p><p>The Nissan Leaf debuted here nearly a year ago. Tomorrow morning there will be a demonstration of the plug-in technology at the charging stations near the stadium &ndash; to mark <a href="http://www.plugincars.com/ford-now-taking-online-orders-2012-focus-electric-109596.html?utm_source=feedburner">the opening of order banks </a>for owning the new Ford electric vehicle.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:22:22 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3063 at http://kplu.org Ford unveiling all-new Focus electric car in Seattle U.S., Canada ponder new terms for shared Columbia River http://kplu.org/post/us-canada-ponder-new-terms-shared-columbia-river <p>Your power bill could be cheaper if the U.S. didn&#39;t send so much electricity north of the border every year. Canada lays claim to around $300 million worth of hydropower annually under the terms of a 50-year-old treaty.</p><p>In return, the Canadians manage the upper Columbia River to prevent downstream flooding and to optimize power production. The Columbia River Treaty can be renegotiated soon and there are voices on both sides of the border clamoring for a better deal.</p><p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:06:50 +0000 Tom Banse 2762 at http://kplu.org U.S., Canada ponder new terms for shared Columbia River Northwest’s largest coal-fired power plant agrees to shut down by 2025 http://kplu.org/post/northwest%E2%80%99s-largest-coal-fired-power-plant-agrees-shut-down-2025 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956193.mp3</p><p>The owner of the largest coal-fired power plant in the Northwest has agreed to phase out coal-burning by the end of 2025.</p><p>Washington&rsquo;s governor and environmental groups announced an agreement with TransAlta Corporation Saturday. Within hours, the Washington State Senate <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5769&amp;year=2011">passed a bill</a> to turn the deal into law.</p><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:50:13 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 937 at http://kplu.org Northwest’s largest coal-fired power plant agrees to shut down by 2025 Waters Smoothed For Wave Energy Pioneer http://kplu.org/post/waters-smoothed-wave-energy-pioneer A company hoping to build the first commercial wave energy project on the West Coast has cleared a major hurdle. The developer has reached a preemptory settlement with concerned parties and government environmental agencies. KPLU's Tom Banse has details. The master settlement is the product of three years of negotiations between the company Ocean Power Technologies and a dozen different community groups and government agencies. The New Jersey-based marine energy developer wants to moor an array of wave power buoys about two-and-a-half miles offshore of Reedsport. Thu, 05 Aug 2010 21:49:07 +0000 Justin Steyer 1 at http://kplu.org Waters Smoothed For Wave Energy Pioneer