For me, the highlight of the weekend’s news was Matthew Preusch’s Sunday Oregonianarticle on central Oregon’s renewable energy industry.

The crux:

. . . a private-public group called the Business Alliance for Sustainable Energy that launched an effort last week to promote the 65 Central Oregon companies working with renewable power or energy efficiency in a nine-county area east of the Cascades between the Columbia River and California.

The companies already employ more than 200 people and generate more than $20 million in sales annually . . . . The group hopes to increase those sales figures at least 30-fold and multiply the number of jobs by 20 over the next 10 years.