Oregon Green News: Farm Incubators, Streetcars

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to bring you this weekly look at Oregon green news courtesy of Sustainable Business Oregon, a publication of the Portland Business Journal that covers the intersection of business and sustainability in the state that leads the country in green practices.

Here are some highlights from Sustainable Business Oregon in the last week for Oregon green news:

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Farm incubator takes new approach to local food:
Oregonians love to support local agriculture and locally produced food. Community by Design LLC in Sherwood will take that love to the bank cooperatively funding start-up farms with everything from blueberries to geese to guard donkeys. We’ve got a gallery of photos that tells the story.

The 2012 battle between Northwest wind farms and hydro dams begins:
Anyone following the wind energy industry on the West Coast heard last year about wind farm operators being forced to shut down their turbines last spring when there was just too much power on the grid. Despite a year of legal wrangling, the issue still hasn’t been set right and this week wind farms were again asked to power down.

Oregon company to make streetcars for Washington, D.C.:
Oregon Iron Works Inc. and its subsidiary United Streetcar announced this week that it received an order for two public transit cars from the District of Columbia’s new streetcar line slated to open in 2013.

Northwest Energy Angles provide cash and cachet:
Filling a niche in the startup-financing world, a group of angel investors who are focused on the energy management space are showing off a strong track record.

PGE’s dust worries provide fodder to NW coal debate:
Portland General Electric Co.’s concerns over coal dust will force a $200 million coal export project to find a new location within the Port of St. Helens and provide ammunition to the environmental groups that oppose the facility.