Morning Roundup

PGE and PacifiCorp plan for wind power, AG issues warning to eclipse viewers and Gov. Brown joins Cascade-Siskiyou monument battle.

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We’re on tenterhooks waiting for John McCain to get out of surgery so the Senate health care vote can move forward. In the meantime, we’re curating today’s top news:

PacifiCorp, PGE plan for renewable energy. The utility companies presented their new resource plans last week to regulators. Both utilities proposed large investments in wind power to move toward Oregon’s 50% renewable energy by 2040 goal. The Oregonian has the story.

Planning to view the eclipse? Double check your reservation, says Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. The AG issued a warning to visitors following a flood of consumer complaints about canceled reservations or increased room rates after booking. Read more from OPB.

Gov. Brown gets involved in monument fight. Oregon’s Attorney General has already threatened to file suit if the federal government backtracks on the Cascade-Siskiyou national monument designation. Now Gov. Kate Brown is joining in. Brown met with the Interior Secretary this weekend during his visit to the monument. OPB has the story. announces $8 million in funding and a new Portland partner. The startup, featured in this month’s Launch, is partnering with Adventist Health. developed an AI tool for physicians to deliver remote care. The Portland Business Journal has more.

Philips buying Eugene startup. The startup, Electrical Geodesics, is the brainchild of a University of Oregon psychology professor and manufactures a brain scanner that resembles a hair net. Read the story from the Register Guard. 

Portland business growth measured by pedestrian traffic. At least that’s one method being used to demonstrate that business is good in downtown Portland. A study by Downtown Clean & Safe found a 19% increase in foot traffic as compared to 2016. The Portland Tribune has more.

From the Magazine: The New Aerotropolis. Forget about the troubles facing the Port of Portland’s marine Terminal 6. Portland International Airport is flying high. Check out our July/August cover story by Amy Milshtein.