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Cryptocurrency Mining: Revenue For Utilities But Little Economic Value


The Pacific Northwest has proven attractive to electricity-intensive businesses that discover and trade cryptocurrencies, but with interest waning, cryptocurrency power loads are stabilizing. Read more.

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OCTOBER 19: Citizens’ Utility Board Conference – Destination: Decarbonization

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Management Actions Have Reduced Predation On Fish By Caspian Terns In The Columbia River Estuary

A management plan to reduce predation by Caspian terns on fish in the Columbia River appears to be working, the research scientist who directs the effort told the Council at its September meeting.

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Idaho and BPA Sign $24 Million Wildlife Settlement For Albeni Falls Dam

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and BPA administrator Elliott Mainzer commemorated the completion of a nearly $24 million settlement for the impacts of Albeni Falls Dam on wildlife around Lake Pend Oreille.

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Flood Control, Ecosystem Flows Top Concerns At Columbia River Treaty Meeting

The remote potential but real concern for flooding low-lying areas around Portland if the Columbia River Treaty is not revised was cited frequently by speakers at a town hall-style meeting on the future of the 54-year old treaty this month in Portland.

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