Business / Economy

NCW’s Energy Future – What Is The ‘Thin Green Line’? Part 2

Continuing our series looking at the Thin Green Line and the role the Pacific Northwest is and will play in America’s energy future. In Part 1, we looked at shifts away from coal towards cheaper, more abundant oil and natural gas. And so due to the shrinking domestic market, coal companies want to send their…

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NCW’s Energy Future – What Is The ‘Thin Green Line’? Part 1

America’s energy landscape is undergoing seismic shifts – sometimes literally. Although North Central Washington’s hydropower remains a staple, more solar, wind and hydrogen is coming on board. For other parts of the country, new technologies have made shale oil and natural gas extraction cheaper and easier than coal. So those coal companies need a way…

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Chelan PUD Planning 13 New, Expanded Substations Due To Rising Energy Demand

Energy use in the Lake Chelan area has grown nearly five times higher than in other areas of the county since 2015, according to the Chelan County PUD. Customer Service Director Andy Wendell told KOHO that is accelerating planning to meet the area-wide electric needs for new homes, businesses and industry, including an invitation for…

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2018 Set Record-Low Unemployment Rate For Chelan-Douglas Counties

The unemployment rate in Chelan and Douglas Counties rose slightly last month to 6.1 percent, but the overall 2018 rate set a record low in the local economy. New numbers from the State Employment Security Department show the average annual unemployment rate last year was 4.9 percent. Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck told KOHO it’s…

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Wenatchee City Council Delays New Cryptocurrency Zoning, Noise Rules

The Wenatchee city council earlier this month chose not to pass new cryptocurrency rules suggested by staff in the community development department. Council members pointed to issues like allowing such miners in the downtown business core and the level of noise created by the machines. Mayor Frank Kuntz joins Dan Langager on the KOHO Morning…

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