While the article did not start out being about Oregon, both of the companies mentioned in the Grist post ARE from OR and very interesting.
The Grist Post: https://grist.org/sponsored/how-hyperlocal-hydro-energy-can-empower-communities Quote, “The current moment, for all its upheaval and uncertainty, presents a unique opportunity for making big, systemic change when it comes to energy. BladeRunner, along with InPipe Energy, another Oregon-based startup, think the time is ripe for investing in hyper-local hydropower. Both are VertueLab-supported companies. InPipe captures excess energy flowing through municipal drinking water pipes, while BladeRunner replaces the environmental risk of hydroelectric dams with small, tethered turbines to harvest the energy of flowing water. These types of small-scale, dispersed energy sources could help put much-needed power into the hands of communities — literally and figuratively.”
Both are tackling good problems to solve and the water (InPipe Energy) is the one that is really focused on an overlooked problem and one that could have great consequences.