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September 7, 2018

Renewable Northwest today released a paper on solar reliability, grid resilience and community resilience, as part of the SolarPlus partnership effort working to triple the amount of solar installed in Washington and Oregon by 2019. One of the goals shared by SolarPlus stakeholders within this process is to enhance the resilience and reliability of solar, specifically through demonstration

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July 2, 2018

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock and the Bonneville Power Administration today released the Montana Renewables Development Action Plan, which identifies specific actions intended to promote the further development of renewable energy projects in Montana and improve the ability of West Coast markets to access that energy. “We brought together stakeholders from diverse interests to seek common

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June 26, 2018

The Board of Renewable Northwest (RNW) today announced that Nicole Hughes will be its new executive director. Renewable Northwest is the region’s leading renewable energy advocacy organization. Hughes brings more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of renewable energy development including project management, financing, and strategic policy to the helm of Renewable NW. She succeeds long-

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April 26, 2018

On April 26, Rachel Shimshak, Renewable Northwest's Executive Director, received the Bonneville Power Administration's Exceptional Public Service Award at the 2018 Administrator's Excellence Awards Ceremony. Rachel was honored to accept the award recognizing her as a driving force behind new renewable resource development in the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, Bonneville recognized the time she

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February 20, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — PacifiCorp has selected four new wind projects to fulfill plans to significantly expand the amount of wind energy serving customers by 2020. The four projects will expand PacifiCorp’s owned and contracted wind power by more than 60 percent and add enough new wind energy to power approximately 450,000 average homes. The new wind development is part of the company’s Energy Vision

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January 9, 2018

Today, the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) published on their Experts Blog a clear summary of the rejection by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)  of the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing.  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry’s Proposed Rule was widely seen as an attempt to subsidize the coal and nuclear power industries on a weak

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January 4, 2018

According to the Montana Department of Commerce, from 2006-2017 it is estimated that Montana wind farms contributed approximately $66 million in total property taxes. The fact sheet, based on data provided by the Montana Department of Revenue, provides a breakdown by year and county. According to the report, Montana wind farms have averaged $8.5 million annually in estimated property taxes since

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December 6, 2017

Portland, OREGON — Dec. 6, 2017 — After 24 years of leading the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent clean energy advocacy organization, executive director, Rachel Shimshak has told her board and staff that she plans to resign in June, next year. “This has been my dream job, helping lead an evolution and revolution for our quality of life and for our planet,” said Shimshak. “Now, I believe it is time

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December 1, 2017

Spark Northwest as announced the launch of the Solar Plus Northwest website. Renewable Northwest is proud to be a partner on the Solar Plus initiative, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Washington State Department of Commerce. Solar Plus envisions a future where the benefits of solar energy are equitably expanded to all including renters, households with low incomes,

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November 27, 2017

PORTLAND – The economic benefits of the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) continue to increase as more utilities join, according to a new report released today by Portland-based Renewable Northwest and the Wind Energy Foundation. The EIM, which allows Western utilities and the California Independent System Operator to buy and sell energy across the region, has now delivered $254.98 million

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October 2, 2017

FOLSOM, Calif.| Portland, Ore. — Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) on October 1 became the fifth western utility to successfully begin full participation in the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). The Oregon utility and the California Independent System Operator (ISO) recently completed several weeks of extensive systems testing – the culmination of two years of preparatory work

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September 15, 2017

A diverse group of parties has reached a proposed settlement in the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) rate case that represents an important step toward a clean energy future in the Northwest. As a party to the settlement, Renewable Northwest was especially pleased that the proposed agreement includes a conversation with the WUTC, Puget Sound Energy and other parties about repurposing the Colstrip

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July 4, 2017

Please join us this week, while we celebrate Independence Day, to learn more about the opportunities and successes our nation’s veterans are finding through jobs in wind and solar. Wind Jobs Help Deliver Home-Grown EnergyNextEra Energy Resources’ employees with military experience continue to serve our country by delivering clean, home-grown, renewable wind energy to communities across the U.S.

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June 14, 2017

PORTLAND, Oregon – Late yesterday, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) issued a Draft Record of Decision in its biannual transmission rate case that retains the burdensome Montana Intertie transmission rate. The decision retains a barrier to getting Montana’s high value wind delivered to west coast customers and helping Montana generate new, renewable energy jobs. The Montana Intertie

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June 1, 2017

The President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord is profoundly disappointing and inconsistent with the reality we are experiencing on the ground, and with the actions our states and region have taken to combat the serious threat posed by climate change. The people of the Northwest care about our quality of life; our local and statewide elected officials, as

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May 8, 2017

Can't find us? Don't go too far! Our office has moved down two floors to suite 975 in the Commonwealth Building. For full directions on how to find us, visit:

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March 28, 2017

The President signed an Executive Order today that puts in motion the reversal of policies and programs that address the ominous advance of climate change. This Order moves our economy and our environment in the wrong direction. Northwesterners care deeply about clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. We want to continue to transition away from fossil fuels. The region’s utilities,

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February 8, 2017

"Ten years ago, Washington state voters, recognizing the imperative need to address climate change and cleaner air, passed Initiative 937, which requires the state’s electrical utilities to use renewable resources for a portion of the electricity they provide to their customers. Many utilities, public and private, balked. But since passage those utilities have been able to meet the initiative’s

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Wind and Sun -- Montana's Next Economic Boom

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Video - Energy Imbalance Market

It is time for the Northwest to modernize its electricity system and create an Energy Imbalance Market.

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Video - $5.4 Billion Renewable Energy Investment in Oregon Economy

Renewable energy companies have invested $5.4 billion dollars in Oregon.
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