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2008-07-21 12:01:17

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 20--With Northwest Natural Gas Co.'s stunning forecast last week that it will need to raise rates by up to 40 percent on Nov. 1, the company can expect sales to balloon by hundreds of millions of dollars next year. With those prospects, you might figure the utility's executives would be wearing party hats. They're not. Though customers often assume any rate increase fattens corporate profits -- call it the Exxon factor -- NW...

2008-07-21 12:01:17

By Gail Kinsey Hill, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 21--Utilities and independent developers are poised to more than quadruple the amount of wind power in the Northwest, a huge increase that underscores the region's push for renewable energy. "It's phenomenal," said Elliot Mainzer, a transmission manager with the federal Bonneville Power Administration. "It's more than we expected." Evidence of the wind rush shows up in a recent BPA assessment aimed at finding out how much more...

2008-07-17 12:00:52

By Amy Hsuan, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 17--Low-cost carriers are eagerly filling voids left by cutbacks of the major airlines, helping to offset the larger rivals' shrinking schedules and flight grids. While it's too soon to tell how the industry turbulence will play out, the discount airlines' grab for a bigger share of the skies could turn their fans into both winners and losers. Two changes you might expect from JetBlue or Southwest Airlines: higher fares and altered...

2008-07-17 12:00:21

By Anne Saker, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 17--An Oregon worker who gets hurt on the job could have a tougher time finding a doctor because of a decision by the Workers' Compensation Division. Doctors, physical therapists and other medical providers have been firing e-mails at the agency since its July 7 ruling on how fees are paid. They warn they might start refusing workers' compensation cases if the decision stands. But the agency's chief defended the ruling Wednesday as...

2008-07-16 12:01:22

By Gail Kinsey Hill, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 16--Solar electric projects chilled by legal questions could heat up again soon. Last month, in a petition to Oregon utility regulators, Pacific Power questioned a popular financing arrangement that allowed outside investors to tap into lucrative tax breaks by building solar projects for cities, counties and other public entities. The action essentially iced 20 commercial projects throughout the state. But renewable-energy...

2008-07-16 12:01:21

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 16--Already struggling with rising prices on almost every front, Northwest consumers should brace themselves this winter for some of the largest increases in natural gas rates in memory. Northwest Natural Gas Co. -- the region's largest gas utility, with 655,000 customers in Oregon and southwest Washington -- expects this fall to ask regulators to approve a residential rate increase of as much as 35 percent to 40 percent,...

2008-07-16 12:00:50

By Wendy Owen, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 16--LAKE OSWEGO -- The Lake Oswego School District is known for working with community committees on topics from sex education to preventing bullying. But no one told thousands of people who pay taxes for an Oswego Lake swim park -- controlled by the school district -- that they might not be able to swim there next summer. Word got out when folks visited two weeks ago for a swim on a hot day and found five maple trees tagged for...

2008-07-16 12:00:50

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 16--Federal energy regulators have decided to delay a vote on the controversial Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas terminal on the Columbia River. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, facing heavy pressure form Oregon's governor and congressional leaders and an outcry from opponents of the project, said Tuesday that it was striking the project from the commission's agenda for Thursday. The agency said that before...

2008-07-16 12:00:11

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 16--Intel reported strong growth in sales and profits Tuesday, fueled by a surge in demand for notebook computers and a new class of computer sometimes called a "netbook." The world's largest chip maker continued to defy the national economic slowdown. While Chief Executive Paul Otellini said he's watching macroeconomic trends "very carefully," the company is forecasting continued growth. Intel's strong results, which kick off two...

2008-07-14 18:00:35

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 11--Federal energy regulators will consider and possibly vote Thursday on whether to approve the proposed Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas terminal, located about 20 miles east of Astoria on the Columbia River. The possible vote by the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., is coming earlier than state leaders, opponents of the project and even Bradwood's backers expected. The commission just...