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Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, wou…

September 24, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Hydro dams will meet NWE customer needs at lowest cost

If the Montana Public Service Commission approves NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to acquire the PPL dams, those great facilities will be dedicated to serve our Montana customers, at prices based on the cost of producing electricity, for as long as there is water in the Missouri and Clark For…

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Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Montanans are gearing up for the latest round in the coal wars, with industry supporters trying to protect jobs while environmentalists seek a shift to renewable energy.

July 20, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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HMF062214 Ductless ac

HMF062214 Ductless ac

A ductless air conditioning system may be a good option for older homes, "hots spots" like sunrooms or smaller, less-often-used buildings like cabins.

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Gazette opinion: Energy jobs, health matter in writing emissions rules

Gazette opinion: Energy jobs, health matter in writing emissions rules

Like most “major” announcements coming out of Washington, D.C., the new rules on carbon dioxide emissions are more smoke than fire.

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Wyoming wind marks anniversary

RAWLINS, Wyo. — Wyoming has marked its 15th anniversary of wind generated electricity in the state this past week.

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Guest opinion: Have your say on NWE dam plan this month

Want to make your voice heard on a deal that, if approved, will affect your power bill for a generation to come?

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Consumer Counsel: NW dam purchase an expensive burden for ratepayers – and profitable for NW

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of 12 hydro-electric dams in Montana could impose up to $800 million of excess costs on electric ratepayers the next 15 years, unless more risk is shifted to the company, a consumer expert says. 

April 04, 2014 4:15 pm

Guest opinion: Montana should meet world's energy needs

This year’s frigid temperatures have been a stark reminder of the importance of reliable and affordable electricity for families in Montana and across the nation. For many, the electricity that heats homes and keeps the lights on comes from coal produced here in southeast Montana.

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Guest opinion: NorthWestern hedging against energy price volatility

When we look back on the winter of 2013-14, we won’t remember the average temperatures. We’ll be talking about sustained periods of bitter cold in December, January, February, and even into March.

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Gazette opinion: The best dam deal for Montana

NorthWestern Energy has a great dam plan. Adding Montana hydroelectric dams to the utility’s assets will provide price stability for customers. More of the power supply for Montanans will be regulated by the Montana Public Service Commission. Less of Montana customers’ electricity will need …

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October 18, 2013 11:48 am
National Weather Service forecaster offers the hair-raising facts on lightning

National Weather Service forecaster offers the hair-raising facts on lightning

In a conference room at the National Weather Service office in Billings, senior forecaster Dan Borsum holds his hand out to the metal globe of a Van de Graaff generator and gets shocked.

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Utility: No payout to Casper customers with electronics fried in outage

CASPER, Wyo. — Larry Mayer has paid at least $200 to replace surge protectors and wireless routers damaged by Sunday's Rocky Mountain Power substation failure. The Natrona County Public Library lost at least two computers, a power system to the building's electric doors and a self-checkout s…

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In top coal state, gas to fuel next power plant

In top coal state, gas to fuel next power plant

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The next major power plant to be built in the nation's top coal-mining state will be fueled by natural gas.

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New Cheyenne power plant under construction

CHEYENNE — Construction has begun on a new $237 million power plant near Cheyenne.

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Amid investigation, coal exports at record levels

Amid investigation, coal exports at record levels

DECKER — From the time coal is scooped from the depths of the Spring Creek strip mine in Montana's wide-open Powder River Basin until it travels more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to power plants in South Korea, the price can increase more than fivefold.

April 13, 2013 1:23 pm Photos

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Wyoming power plant stalls 17 years, faces skepticism

Wyoming power plant stalls 17 years, faces skepticism

WRIGHT — In Wyoming, folks call it the "No Elk" plant, an $800 million project that — once finished — was meant to supply coal-fired power to 100,000 homes and support dozens of full-time jobs on the rolling prairie of northeast Wyoming.

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Montana wind power line progressing

Montana wind power line progressing

VALIER — Voices crackled above a bitter-cold wind as workers stringing conductor on the Montana Alberta Tie Line transmission project, situated on opposite sides of the Marias River, communicated via radio north of here earlier this week. They were about to string the final span of the long-…

February 14, 2013 6:12 pm Photos

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