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Oregon solar industry fears 'value' finding could undercut growth

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The Oregon solar industry has gotten a look at a preliminary verdict on the value of solar energy, and doesn’t like what it sees. 44 more words

Portland Business Journal

Portland General Electric: smart grid investments

PGE proposes five new energy storage projects that will help integrate clean, variable energy

The need for storage is critical if renewable energy is to be viable on a large scale — and PGE’s working on that, with big plans for Portland’s future smart grid. 39 more words

Portland Tribune

PUC hearing draws negative feedback over B2H power line

The Oregon Public Utilities Commission was to take public comment on all of Idaho Power’s Integrated Resource Plan for 2017 during a hearing at the Four Rivers Cultural Center on Thursday. 26 more words

Ontario Argus Observer

Solving The Northwest's Energy Storage Puzzle

As the Northwest moves toward using more renewable energy like wind and solar, one big issue keeps popping up. What to do when there’s too much power on the grid? 45 more words

Jefferson Public Radio

Public Utilities Commission to hold hearing on Idaho Power plan in Ontario

The Public Utilities Commission of Oregon will hold a public comment hearing Thursday in Ontario on Idaho Power Co.’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan.

The plan covers Idaho Power projects like the Boardman to Hemingway transmission line and the end of coal-fired operations at the Boardman plant. 17 more words

East Oregonian

Tesla's SolarCity Settles With State Of Vermont Over Contract Errors

MONTPELIER, Vt. (CBS/AP) — A California company that installs rooftop solar energy systems has reached a settlement with Vermont over improperly filed contracts.

The Rutland Herald reports SolarCity reached an agreement Wednesday with the Vermont Department of Public Service. 118 more words

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Guest column: We need electric utilities to build vehicle charging stations

Pacific Power and Portland General Electric have proposals to expand electric vehicle charging pending before Oregon’s Public Utility Commission. These proposals are required by Senate Bill 1547, passed in the 2016 Legislature, which directed utilities to accelerate transportation electrification. 28 more words

Bend Bulletin