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Babcock Services Inc. employees rig the cask liner where Energy Northwest Columbia Generating Station material is compacted and stored for disposal.

Local nuclear industry services firm completes $2 million contract

For almost 20 years, Babcock Services Inc. (BSI) has served clients in the nuclear industry. Although the company is headquartered in Kennewick, employees live throughout the country and travel to job sites at various nuclear facilities as needed. This year, however, Babcock Services landed a contract with a nuclear power plant just minutes away from…

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Cities choose cost-effective lighting options to save money, energy

Tri-City area governments are saving money after installing low-energy, long-lasting streetlights. The city of West Richland was the first to implement an emission-reduction policy six years ago that would save energy as well as money, said Drew Woodruff, West Richland’s city engineer. “The city had about 1,100 streetlights that were all high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs and…

The PNNL-led Battery500 consortium aims to significantly improve upon the batteries that power today’s electric vehicles by almost tripling the specific energy in lithium batteries. Pictured here is PNNL researcher Jason Zhang, who will co-lead the consortium’s group focused on improving electrodes and electrolytes. (Courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

PNNL-led effort seeks to improve energy stored in electric car batteries

By Frances White Electric cars with significantly smaller, lighter and less expensive batteries could be on the horizon if a new national research effort achieves its ambitious goal of significantly improving upon the batteries that power today’s electric vehicles. Led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, the Battery500 consortium will receive up to $10 million…

PNNL’s Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System uses concentrated solar power to convert natural gas into more valuable fuels, including hydrogen for fuel cell cars. The system is among 12 PNNL-developed technologies that are receiving grants from DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund to move them closer to commercial use. (Courtesy PNNL)

The clean dozen: 12 techs near commercial use

By Frances White A dozen clean energy technologies that enable everything from lightweight, fuel-sipping cars to the expansion of renewable energy and cleaner fossil fuel use are getting a boost at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. DOE is awarding PNNL about $4.4 million to bring the 12 technologies closer to commercial use,…

Maintaining low-cost electricity vital for state’s clean-tech industries

By Don C. Brunell Since the construction of Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams, Washington has enjoyed an abundance of low cost, reliable hydropower. It has been one-key competitive advantage for energy intensive industries and now it is vital to our state burgeoning “clean-tech industries.” Hydropower, along with nuclear, solar and wind, produce no greenhouse gases.…

LoAnn Ayers, new United Way president and CEO, is also a proud Washington State University alumni and United Way volunteer.

Campaign launch underway—full speed ahead for new United Way president

Having just completed work on a five-year, $2.6 million grant for Washington State University in June, LoAnn Ayers started as president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties July 1, succeeding Beverly Weber upon her retirement. [blockquote quote=”It’s all in an effort to help connect people to needed resources…

Wells Fargo Advisors

Wells Fargo adds full-service wealth management office in Kennewick

A new Wells Fargo office has opened in the Tri-Cities. Wells Fargo & Company, the parent company of Wells Fargo Advisors, opened a new office in Kennewick this spring. Wells Fargo Advisors is a subsidiary of the well-known bank with the same name. A full-service investment firm, Wells Fargo Advisors covers all spectrums of wealth…

Banking & Finance

Financing via means other than traditional may be subject to securities laws

By Beau Ruff for TCAJoB Finding a source of capital for a new or existing business is often a challenge. Consider the following scenario: Diana has a great idea for a new business and she has the experience and know-how to make it work. But, she needs capital funding. She tells her friend Deidre about…

Wheatland Bank

First 18 mos. in Pasco yields 36 percent loan growth

To call Wheatland Bank’s expansion into the Tri-Cities a success would be an understatement. “We budgeted for loan growth, but we didn’t anticipate this much loan growth,” said Sue Horton, president and CEO of Wheatland Bank and Chair of the Board. [blockquote quote=”People still want relationships, especially when times are tough.” source=”Sue Horton, president and…

Banner Bank

Banner Bank completes merger with AmericanWest Bank, sees consistent growth

After the recession of 2008, increased regulatory demands significantly shifted the way the banks deliver services to their customers — but for Banner Bank, those shifts only served to strengthen relationships with customers. Last year, the bank celebrated 125 years of growth. [blockquote quote=”We’re not a provider of products and services, we are provider of…

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Nonstop PSC-to-LAX flights begin this spring

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More layoffs announced at Trios Health

New ACT theater gets new name, 400 donated seats

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