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News about energy and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest

Washington Climatologist Says Climate Change Forecast May Not Be Gloom And Doom For The Columbia

2015, unusually warm, was a ‘dress rehearsal’ and a ‘wake-up call,’ but possibly good news for the future if that is as bad as it gets. Read more.

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Not Your Grandfather’s Utility

Utilities are selling less electricity as efficiency improves, while still needing to pay for the fixed costs of the power system infrastructure. Debra Smith, general manager and CEO of Seattle City Light, provides insight on this challenge. Read more.


Washington’s Orca Task Force Recommends Protections For A Declining Species

The Southern Resident orca population in Puget Sound, part of an iconic species that is as much a symbol of the Pacific Northwest as salmon, is in trouble, and while their problems are simply stated, solutions will be difficult. Read more.


Washington And Partners Use Early-detection Monitoring To Locate And Control Invasive Aquatic Species

Washington state is watching carefully for signs that invasive species like Northern Pike and zebra and quagga mussels don’t expand (pike) or take hold (mussels) in the state. Read more.


John Ollis Promoted to Manager of Planning and Analysis

John will be responsible for setting the work priorities for the analysts working on power system modeling. Read more.