Monthly Archives: February 2013

Portland Could Generate Renewable Power In City Water Pipes

By Cassandra Profita
Oregon Public Broadcasting

The city of Portland is looking at a new system that will generate hydropower without environmental impacts to fish and stream flows. Portland-based Lucid Energy Inc. designs turbines that generate electricity from water flowing through city pipes.

Lucid has proposed to install a unique set of hydroelectric turbines inside the city drinking water line at SE 147th and Powell.

The in-pipe turbines will be capable of producing 1,100 megawatt hours of electricity a year – enough to power up to 150 homes. The power will be sold to Portland General Electric, and it will count toward Climate Action Plan goals for the city to install at least 10 megawatts of on-site renewable energy. Read more

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Federal report says removing 4 dams on Klamath River will boost salmon

By Associated Press
The Oregonian

GRANTS PASS — A federal report says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California and restoring ecosystems will produce a big increase in salmon harvests and boost farm revenues.

The 400-page report was produced by federal scientists to help the Secretary of Interior evaluate whether it is in the public interest to go ahead with the $1 billion project, which is considered the biggest dam removal in U.S. history if it goes through as planned in 2020. Read more

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