clean energy economy http://kplu.org en Enviro Group Pushing Gov. Inslee To Adopt Clean Fuels Standard http://kplu.org/post/enviro-group-pushing-gov-inslee-adopt-clean-fuels-standard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The environmental group Climate Solutions</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is urging Gov. Jay&nbsp;</span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to exercise his executive power to adopt a clean fuels standard.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group's leaders spoke to reporters on Thursday in hopes of adding momentum to their efforts to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;follow in the footsteps of California and British Columbia</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:10:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 14232 at http://kplu.org Fox Island Utility's Smart-Grid Technology Aims To Save Energy, Save Money http://kplu.org/post/fox-island-utilitys-smart-grid-technology-aims-save-energy-save-money <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you turn on your tap or shower in the morning or run your washing machine at night, you probably aren’t thinking much about how many other people in the area are doing the same thing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But when it’s cold outside, use of electric heaters for hot water often pushes peak loads to the brink for local utilities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s where so-called <a href="http://www.pnwsmartgrid.org/about.asp" target="_blank">smart-grid technology</a> could come in and save the day. The idea, which increases energy efficiency and saves everyone money, is being put to the test on Fox Island, near Tacoma.</span></p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12508 at http://kplu.org Fox Island Utility's Smart-Grid Technology Aims To Save Energy, Save Money White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy http://kplu.org/post/white-house-honor-seattle-vet-advancing-clean-energy <p>Avi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jacobson was serving his first tour in Iraq in 2007 when he noticed his own unit's heavy reliance on a single generator.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jacobson’s Air Force base ran almost solely on the generator, which was overworked with computers and air conditioners almost daily. When the usage hit the generator’s tipping point, Jacobson said, “everything would die," triggering an eerie silence.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:15:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10818 at http://kplu.org White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy Seattle, Microsoft team up to make buildings more energy-efficient http://kplu.org/post/seattle-microsoft-team-make-buildings-more-energy-efficient <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Already known as a leader in sustainable architecture, Seattle is </span><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft-green/archive/2013/07/09/microsoft-brings-smart-buildings-to-seattle.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">teaming up with Microsoft</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to take green building to the next level with the help of big-data computing.</span></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 03:13:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9302 at http://kplu.org Seattle, Microsoft team up to make buildings more energy-efficient Clean tech boosters looking to military for leg up http://kplu.org/post/clean-tech-boosters-looking-military-leg <p>When you think of the clean energy economy, military barracks and mortar launchers probably aren’t the first things that come to mind.</p><p>But local clean energy boosters say the use of solar panels and biodiesel by the Department of Defense could be the key to getting more of these technologies off the ground.</p><p>Two years ago, the DOD created <a href="http://www.defense.gov/bios/biographydetail.aspx?biographyid=259">a new office</a>, with a goal of reducing energy use by the U.S. military.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:20:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7664 at http://kplu.org Smart grid pilot project debuting at University of Washington http://kplu.org/post/smart-grid-pilot-project-debuting-university-washington <p>Most people who pay their own energy bills know that power is expensive. But where it’s coming from and how much it costs is often more mysterious.</p><p>That could change if technology that’s part of a<a href="http://www.pnwsmartgrid.org/"> demonstration project</a> at the University of Washington catches on. It’s co funded by the US Department of Energy. The U-dub is the largest of 16 demo sites creating a new Pacific Northwest Smart Grid.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6771 at http://kplu.org Smart grid pilot project debuting at University of Washington 'Upcycling' is taking recycling to a higher level http://kplu.org/post/upcycling-taking-recycling-higher-level <p>You already know what &nbsp;recycling &nbsp;is.&nbsp;Soon you will start hearing more about upcycling.&nbsp;No, it doesn’t involve going up a steep hill on a bike. Upcycling&nbsp;is one of the focuses of this week's <a href="http://seattledesignfestival.org/">Seattle Design Festival</a> and a good example of what it is can be found&nbsp;in an old wooden warehouse in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 05:56:06 +0000 Jennifer Wing 6355 at http://kplu.org 'Upcycling' is taking recycling to a higher level Puget Sound Energy target of 'Beyond Coal' campaign http://kplu.org/post/puget-sound-energy-target-beyond-coal-campaign <p>The Pacific Northwest has made headlines for its <a href="http://sierraclub.typepad.com/compass/2011/04/pacific-northwest-to-become-first-coal-free-region-in-united-states.html">efforts to become the first coal-free region</a> in the United States. Washington&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.transalta.com/communities/united-states/centralia"> last coal-fired power plant</a>, in Centralia, is scheduled to be shut down by 2025.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:50:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5276 at http://kplu.org Puget Sound Energy target of 'Beyond Coal' campaign Energy developers eye new grid-stabilizing hydro projects http://kplu.org/post/energy-developers-eye-new-grid-stabilizing-hydro-projects PORTLAND - If you thought the great dam building era of the Northwest was long over, you might be mistaken. But we're not talking about damming rivers here. This is about building long earthen dams to make new off-stream hydropower reservoirs. They're being designed to act as giant batteries and shock absorbers for the electric grid.<p>Here's an odd thought that relates to keeping your lights burning steady and bright. Someday a small portion of your electricity bill could go toward pumping water in a loop. Lots of water. Wed, 02 May 2012 00:51:38 +0000 Tom Banse 4903 at http://kplu.org Energy developers eye new grid-stabilizing hydro projects An under-used resource in Washington: forest biomass http://kplu.org/post/under-used-resource-washington-forest-biomass <p>Renewable energy is growing on trees in Washington &ndash; and right now, much of it is going up in smoke.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the word from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who has just released the results of <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/OtherConservationInformation/Pages/cc_forest_biomass_assessment.aspx">a study on forest biomass.</a></p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:48:29 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4427 at http://kplu.org An under-used resource in Washington: forest biomass Ocean energy gaining momentum in Washington http://kplu.org/post/ocean-energy-gaining-momentum-washington <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-993677.mp3</p><p>You might call it harnessing the power of the moon.</p><p>Ocean energy is electricity that is generated when the power of tides, waves and currents moves turbines and windmills. It&rsquo;s an idea that&rsquo;s caught on already in Oregon. And there are plans on the horizon to bring it to Washington.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:03:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3180 at http://kplu.org Ocean energy gaining momentum in Washington Puget Sound waters test wave energy prototype buoy http://kplu.org/post/puget-sound-waters-test-wave-energy-prototype-buoy <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958630.mp3</p><p>An Oregon-based alternative energy company is one step closer to generating electricity from the ocean&#39;s waves. The company has launched a prototype wave energy buoy. For testing, the startup chose the gentler waters of Puget Sound.</p><p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:57:04 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1035 at http://kplu.org Puget Sound waters test wave energy prototype buoy Looking forward from Cancun http://kplu.org/post/looking-forward-cancun <p>It was time to put up or shut up.&nbsp;Delegates to the United Nations climate conference in Cancun knew if they came out of the talks empty-handed, the whole effort to reach a global warming treaty could collapse. The agreement that emerged over the past weekend made just enough progress to keep the talks alive for another year.</p><p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:18:17 +0000 Liam Moriarty 350 at http://kplu.org Looking forward from Cancun