Best of 2012: Top news stories of the year
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Best of 2012: Most read stories
It was a lively news year at Sustainable Business Oregon.
Organized opposition to a half dozen coal export facilities planned for development in the Pacific Northwest set off a flurry of coverage that hit on everything from the substantial economic benefit that the terminals could provide the region in terms of jobs and industrial development work to the protesters who turned out in force on a sunny May Monday to listen to Robert F. Kennedy's warnings about evil coal companies.
Slumping prices for solar panels changed the face of an entire industry and even though the SolarWorld-led trade complaint against cheap Chinese solar panels prevailed and duties are being applied to Chinese imports, industry watchers don't expect panel manufacturers to have an easy time of it in the coming year.
Meanwhile the wind industry's all-important federal Production Tax Credit spent the year on death row and in the waning days of 2012 isn't seeing much hope of an 11th-hour pardon. Battered Vestas is facing even more cuts in 2012.
But the top news stories that SBO has covered over the course of the year don't necessarily translate to our most-read stories. Instead, that top-10 list is a bit more of a peek into our readers souls.
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