The Portland, Ore., City Council will consider this fall a development plan for a Port of Portland marine terminal as controversy stirs over whether the city should annex an island and develop its wilderness as part of the project. Environmentalists argue that West Hayden Island is an irreplaceable natural space, while proponents of the terminal say the project would create jobs. Any decision on whether to annex the island or build the port is likely years away, observers say.
U.S. shale oil will naturally lead to diminished demand for fluid catalytic cracker units, said Chad Huovie of Honeywell. "Based on our experiments, it is clear that FCC operations will shift and yields will shift," he said.
An Oregon legislative committee voted 14-2 to build the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing, which would connect Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash. The approval sends a bill to the Legislature to authorize $450 million in bonds to pay for Oregon's share. Proponents expect Washington lawmakers to match funding, allowing federal appropriations.
Portland General Electric struck a deal to buy portions of two wind projects in Gilliam County, Ore., from Iberdrola Renewables if those projects meet the criteria for preferred suppliers in the utility's ongoing request for proposals. If Iberdrola's bid is accepted, PGE will buy a portion of the Leaning Juniper wind project and the proposed Montague wind farm, said spokesman Steve Corson.
The proposed Shepherds Flat Wind Farm near Arlington, Ore., has secured a $100 million investment from Google and $400 million from Sumitomo Corp. of America and Tyr Energy. The wind farm, which could become the world's biggest when construction is finished next year, is expected to deliver 845 megawatts of electricity, or sufficient supply for more than 235,000 houses. Google's investment in Shepherds Flat is part of the company's clean-energy outlay of more than $350 million.