SPOKANE, WA – Cold weather requires a lot of adjustments. Close the windows. Get out the sweaters. Nestle into the warm socks. Many of these are aimed at keeping the electricity bill from going through the ceiling. Northwest utilities are paying out a lot of money to get their customers to use less power as winter weather sets in. So far, electricity companies say their conservation efforts are paying off.
The owners of the coal-powered electricity plant in Centralia, Washington are negotiating with the state to reduce their global warming emissions. That includes the possibility of converting the huge plant to natural gas. The closed-door talks are said to be going well.
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire are in Los Angeles this week for a national summit on climate change. It comes as lawmakers in Washington DC continue to negotiate over a massive climate bill. Governor Gregoire told the audience at this afternoon’s opening session that regional cooperation isn’t enough when it comes to curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Northwest Power and Conservation website provides an interactive, Google-generated map that displays power plants and their output in the Northwest. By selecting different energy projects such as; hydroelectric, wind power, coal projects, biomass, nuclear energy, and natural gas, the map will display the location and output of the plant.
OLYMPIA, WA - Washington State is joining Oregon on a threatened lawsuit over a natural gas tanker terminal and pipeline along the lower Columbia River. The two states want greater scrutiny of possible environmental effects of the energy project. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.