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Grid Of The Future Unveiled In Oregon

An 8,000-square-foot, nondescript, two-toned box of a building in Salem, Ore., looking like so many you’d see in a thousand industrial parks, could represent the future of energy management. It’s Portland General Electric’s Salem Smart Power Center – part of… Read More
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SoloPower Plant Closing, Mere Months After Opening

SoloPower, we hardly new ye. Mere months after the maker of cutting-edge solar panels opened a manufacturing plant here in Portland, Ore., backed at all levels of government, it is suspending operations. The Oregonian newspaper broke the news on Monday… Read More
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US-Backed Cellulosic Ethanol Plant In Trouble

Just a few weeks after announcing it had begun operations and was looking to “ramp up to full capacity,” the federally backed ZeaChem cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in Boardman, Ore., appears to be teetering. ZeaChem, which has been supported in… Read More
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OPT Oregon Wave Energy Project Delayed Again

Here’s our new nickname for Ocean Power Technologies’ PowerBuoy: Godot.  As in, Waiting for Godot. The first PowerBuoy — prelude to a federally licensed, 10-buoy, grid-connected power plant — was supposed to be in the water off the Oregon coast… Read More

Cellulosic Ethanol Breakthrough In Oregon

It’s been a long road, but the ZeaChem cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in Oregon is finally turning out fuel. The company announced the step this week, calling the Boardman plant “among the first operational cellulosic biorefineries in the world.” It’s… Read More
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Senate Bill Seeks More Geothermal On Public Lands

Ron Wyden is trying again on geothermal energy. The Oregon senator, whose Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2011 didn’t make it very far, is back with another bill that would make it easier for developers to expand onto public land… Read More
The interior of the Wilkinson House shows the swooping roof and signature circular main entrance. Image by Cameron Neilson via Robert Oshatz.

A Treehouse To Please Both Ewok And Hobbit

What happens when an Ewok from the Forest Moon of Endor meets a Hobbit from the Shire, and they both decide to build a house together? The result may look something like the Wilkinson Residence in the lush forests near… Read More