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Portland Business Journal – by Robert Goldfield
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 5:56pm PDT – Last Modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:15pm PDT
Intel Corp. received the Manufacturing Company of the Year award from the Portland Business Journal Thursday.
The Business Journal honored Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel, the winner among Oregon’s large manufacturing companies (annual revenue exceeding $50 million), for its ongoing innovation in product design and production processes, its employment of 15,000 workers in Oregon, and the company’s commitment to spend $6 billion to $8 billion building a new plant in Hillsboro and upgrading two others.
Other finalists in the large-company category were Beaverton’s Micro Power Electronics Inc., a maker of lithium ion batteries, and Vancouver’s Columbia Machine Inc., which makes equipment for manufacturing concrete.
Among medium companies (annual revenue of $10 million to $50 million), the winner was Newberg’s Climax Portable Machine Tools Inc. which produces tools for building and repairing other companies’ large products. Finalists were Portland’s Rejuvenation Inc., which makes lighting fixtures and other home furnishings, and Mulino-based Sunstone Circuits Inc., a producer of printed circuit boards.
The winner in the small-company category (revenue less than $10 million) was Canby bag-maker Package Containers Inc. Finalists were Hillsboro’s ClearEdge Power, a maker of fuel cells for buildings, and Cornelius biofuel company Summit Natural Energy Corp.
The Business Journal also honored Portland-based Blount International Inc. with its Product Innovation of the Year Award, for the company’s PowerSharp, a tool for quickly sharpening chain saw blades.
Newberg-based machining company A.R.E. Manufacturing Inc. was honored for its training program.
Read more: PBJ announces manufacturing award winners | Portland Business Journal
Monday, October 18th, 2010
WASHINGTON — Oregon will get a $2 million federal grant to build electric-car charging stations along Interstate 5, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.
“The new charging stations that will be built with this funding will help affirm Oregon’s position as a national electric vehicle leader,” said Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley.
The new grant will allow residents to drive electric cars longer distances.
Alleviating this “range anxiety” will encourage Oregonians to buy electric cars such as the Leaf, which will be available in Oregon and other states starting in December, said Art James, a project director at the Oregon Department of Transportation. He added that officials will aim to install charging sites where electric-car drivers need them most.
The charging stations will be free, fast-charge units, which can repower a car in 15-20 minutes.
James said Oregon officials are working with Washington, California and British Columbia to create a “green highway” that would allow people to recharge electric cars anywhere along the Pacific corridor. Last month, Oregon was awarded $700,000 in federal stimulus funds to install as many as eight charging sites from Eugene to the California border.
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Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20101021/NEWS/10210331/1001/news#ixzz131mK29vQ
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
by Timon Singh, 10/13/10
filed under: Renewable Energy
The US Department of Energy has approved the partial guarantee for a $1.3 billion loan to support the construction of the world’s largest wind farm, located in eastern Oregon. Known as the Caithness Energy LLC’s Shepherds Flat Wind Project, the renewable energy initiative will give way to a massive 845-megawatt wind-powered energy generating facility located immediately south of the Columbia River, built on approximately 32,000 acres in Gilliam and Morrow counties.
Sponsored by Caithness and General Electric (GE) Energy Financial Services, the project will consist of 338 of GE’s 2.5xl turbines, making it the first of its type to be deployed in North America. The wind farm’s construction is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,215,991 each year – an amount equivalent to the annual output of 212,141 passenger vehicles.
Once the wind farm is complete it will sell all of its generated power to Southern California Edison under a 20-year fixed-price power purchase agreement. The Shepherds Flat Project is the largest project to ever receive an offer of conditional commitment for a loan guarantee under the Financial Institution Partnership Program (FIPP), a DOE program supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“Thanks to the Recovery Act, we are creating the clean energy jobs of the future while positioning the U.S. as a world leader in the production of renewable energy,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. “This project is part of the Administration’s commitment to doubling our renewable energy generation by 2012 while putting Americans to work in communities across the country.”
+ The Department of Energy
via EERE News
Read more: World’s Largest Wind Farm To Be In Oregon | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Community colleges making it core part of their missions
Pamplin Media Group, Oct 14, 2010
Lots of people talk a good line about sustainability principles, but how do you land a job putting them into practice?
A good place to start is local community colleges, where the seeds of Portland’s “green-collar” work force are being cultivated.
Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College and Mt. Hood Community College offer a host of career-oriented classes under the broad umbrella of sustainability education.
(Right to left) Linda Gerber, Sylvania Campus president; Erin Sanforth, sustainability coordinator; and PCC President Preston Pulliams talk about the college’s Climate Action Plan under the new wind turbine.
COURTESY OF JAMES G. HILL
Portland Community College
PCC enrolls more students than any other Oregon institution of higher education and aims to be a leader in green-jobs training.
Renewable energy courses train students to install and repair solar energy systems; design, construct and maintain sustainable buildings; and work on hybrid and biodiesel vehicles. The school is Oregon’s first community college to revamp its automotive repair technology program to include hybrid vehicles, with plans to develop new classes in electric vehicle repair.
PCC also is seeking state approval for new programs in sustainable engineering, training for green-building inspectors and building green roofs and walls.
Starting this fall, the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology program will offer the Green Technology and Sustainability Option. Students will perform lab tests for water quality and produce biodiesel from school cafeteria waste oil.
PCC’s four main campuses — Rock Creek, Sylvania, Cascade and Southeast Center — plus a number of its other centers, are becoming more sustainable in their operations. The new Willow Creek Center in Hillsboro, for instance, is a LEED platinum building, a step above gold on the rating system used by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certifying body.
Alexander de Roode, PCC sustainability manager, says green buildings are better for the environment and provide educational tools.
“What you see around you is how you’re learning,” de Roode says, “not just by sitting in a classroom.”
Along those lines, the Sylvania campus has a demonstration wind turbine. The Rock Creek Environmental Studies Center features about 100 acres of natural terrain, native plants and wildlife.
Clackamas Community College
Clackamas Community College also has its own natural area — the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center — a 5-acre site once used as a jam cannery.
Technical education is available through Energy & Resource Management and Environmental Science courses. The Renewable Energy Systems Technology program trains students for careers in installing, manufacturing and maintaining renewable energy systems such as geothermal and solar.
CCC’s horticulture program includes classes on composting, pesticide-free pest control and organic gardening. A program in the manufacturing department teaches students how to repair wind-turbine blades.
Plans are in the works to build a new center for renewable energy and sustainability.
Mt. Hood Community College
The mountain name for the Gresham college isn’t just for its Mount Hood views.
The Wilderness Education program is the only collegiate-level academic program in the Northwest affiliated with the Wilderness Education Association. The college also is an affiliate of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
A Natural Resources Technology degree includes options for Forest Resources and Wildlife Resources. Or students can study Tourism and Outdoor Leadership, leading to careers in eco-tourism and outdoor education.
Mt. Hood’s Sustainable Building Advisor Training Program teaches working professionals such as architects, engineers and developers about the newest requirements for state-funded building projects and the growing demand for green buildings.
Community colleges are “helping to shape the minds and the knowledge of the future leaders that are going out into our communities,” says PCC’s de Roode.
“A strong foundation and understanding for sustainability is key.”
We have officially moved! We’ve upgraded space by a boat load, and moved into a beautiful new office/lot area! We are now at 2420 NE Columbia Blvd. (97211), so please update your records if you’re one of our valued vendors or customers. Our visibility is much greater, so it’ll be interesting to move into the coveted ‘store-front’ status. McCoy Sprinter Center is right across the street, and they are actually having a customer appreciation Open House (Vancouver location) this Thurdsday, October 7th. There and moving forward, we hope to create a lasting partnership with our new neighbors-also one of our fleet providers.