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Most homes can be made more energy efficient and EnergyTrust of Oregon offers several easy ways to evaluate and improve your home’s energy performance.

 

Learn how to buy right, reuse and recycle your old paint for all your home improvement projects and help save.

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[ Video: Washington’s Skokomish Watershed to receive Legacy Roads and Trails funds ]

The film, which was first posted online in January and will be shown at the River Restoration Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon, on May 7, explores the connections between forest roads and the flooding and sediment buildup that threate

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[ Colorado oil and gas front group spends millions to improve industry’s bad reputation ]

Actions speak louder than words when it comes to responsible oil and gas development. But for some reason, the Colorado oil and gas industry just doesn’t seem to get that.

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[ Loan Guarantees for U.S. Renewables Making a Comeback ]

Federal loan guarantees for renewable energy, which spurred the development of massive projects like the recently completed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California – and roiled the 2012 elections – are emerging from hibernation.

More than two years after closing the last such loan guarantee, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that it intends to make up to $4 billion available “for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.”

The announcement sets the stage for the DOE to offer support for projects that incorporate one or more of five broad technology types [PDF]:

  • “advanced grid integration and storage,” a key need in getting more intermittent renewable energy on the grid;
  • “drop-in biofuels,” which could directly replace conventional fossil fuels in cars, planes and ships and function within the current distribution system;
  • “waste-to-energy,” where waste gases and discarded materials are used in commercial-scale energy production;
  • “enhancement of existing facilities,” such as adding power-production to existing dams that don’t have it;
  • and “efficiency improvements,” a catchall that could range from residential building improvements to the recovery of energy from curtailed renewable energy systems.
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[ Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But Is Funding a Mirage? ]

A veteran balloonist is among those who want to use solar updraft towers to generate power, but funding has been elusive.

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Why do you like to shop at local farmer’s markets?

To get the freshest produce
To enjoy the festive ambience
To save energy and be more sustainable
To support local business

 

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