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Energy Policy

Gazette opinion: Elementary lessons in energy savings

Lew Anderson is a weather watcher. By the middle of last week, the Billings school district’s facilities director had determined that subzero weekend forecasts necessitated heating school buildings Sunday and Monday nights as if they were occupied to prevent pipes from freezing. Most of our …

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Guest opinion: Carbon pollutions standards good for Montana business

The Environmental Protection Agency developing the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants. As small business owners and Montanans, we hail these new standards for their potential to expand economic opportunities in Montana by driving innovation and accelerating clean…

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Guest opinion: Wind power subsidies no windfall for taxpayers

WASHINGTON — “The thing about money is that when you have it you don’t need it and when you need it you don’t have it,” my grandfather used to tell me. He could have said the same thing about wind power. It’s most abundant when demand for energy is lowest and least abundant when demand is highest.

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Mead unveils Wyoming energy policy 2 years in making

Mead unveils Wyoming energy policy 2 years in making

CASPER, Wyo. -- New rules for baseline water testing, off-site mitigation and reclamation are among the hallmarks of Gov. Matt Mead’s official strategy for energy management in Wyoming.

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Lewis and Clark County to spend $1.6 million on energy efficiency

Drafty windows, leaky door seals, inefficient heating systems and old lights that aren’t all that bright are among what’s going to save Lewis and Clark County $77,000 a year.

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State Dept: No major objections to Keystone XL pipeline

State Dept: No major objections to Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday raised no major objections to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and said other options to get the oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries are worse for climate change.

March 01, 2013 4:35 pmLoading…
53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Barack Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change.

January 23, 2013 4:40 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Keep ethanol mandate, shift from corn to biofuels

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The federal requirement for use of ethanol in gasoline was widely criticized in 2012. With a prolonged drought that reduced the production of corn used to make ethanol, the mandate drove up corn prices and the cost of livestock feed, and contributed to global food scarcity.

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Oil, gas drilling rile West's energy embrace

Oil, gas drilling rile West's energy embrace

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This used to be a land proud of its oil barons. Now the energy industry that has brought wealth and jobs across the interior West is prompting angry protests by citizens sporting gas masks and using bullhorns at public hearings.

December 17, 2012 2:01 pmLoading…

Wyoming governor's office releases list of draft initiatives for new energy policy

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead's office on Wednesday released a list of 73 initiatives that make up the draft of the state's new energy policy.

November 28, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: For a cleaner planet, focus on ‘green’ energy

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Recent job growth numbers suggest that the U.S. economy is finally pulling out of its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But with unemployment at nearly 8 percent, plenty of Americans are still hurting.

November 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: U.S. should fully tap our abundant energy supplies

WASHINGTON — An abundance of affordable, accessible and safe energy is a bright spot in an otherwise bleak economic environment. American energy could revitalize our economy, create millions of jobs, help reduce deficits, lessen our dependence on foreign sources and enhance our global compet…

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Guest opinion: Circle the wagons for Montana-made energy

When PPL Montana, owner of the J.E. Corette coal plant in Billings, announced plans to “mothball” their 154-megawatt plant in 2015, it seized the opportunity to criticize the renewable energy production tax credit and disparage the regional wind industry. Instead of asking Montanans to “circ…

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PPL Montana officials discuss potential shutdown of Corette plant

PPL Montana officials discuss potential shutdown of Corette plant

After PPL Montana announced a plan to mothball its J.E. Corette power plant in Billings, likely eliminating 35 jobs and dealing a blow to the local economy, some blamed federally subsidized wind power as the culprit.

September 21, 2012 8:00 pm Photos

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Wyoming Governer Mead unveils energy policy blueprint

Gov. Matt Mead is leading a Republican governors’ charge to propose a federal energy policy, and on Wednesday he presented highlights of the plan to the public.

August 26, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

PITTSBURGH — In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant opera…

August 16, 2012 6:58 pmLoading…
Chamber News: Coal industry is an economic engine for Montana, Wyoming

Chamber News: Coal industry is an economic engine for Montana, Wyoming

Coal production — it’s a hot-button issue across the country with special relevance for our region. Energy production across the state is exploding, resulting in positive repercussions for our state and local economies in the form of increased tax revenues and jobs. Despite the encouraging e…

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Guest opinion: Canada will pursue trade with China regardless of U.S. energy policies

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Let’s be clear at the outset, the Obama administration’s decision to delay building part of the Keystone XL pipeline has contributed to Canadian public dialogue about the need to seek alternative markets for its oil reserves.

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Guest opinion: Policy that shuns Canadian oil will push U.S. ally into the arms of China

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — U.S. energy policies — specifically President Barack Obama’s delay of a decision pending further environmental-impact study for a part of the Keystone pipeline — are pushing Canada into a closer trading relationship with China.

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Guest opinion: NWE can improve energy portfolio with more renewables

Every two years, NorthWestern Energy, the electricity supplier for many Billings-area residents, submits a supply procurement plan to the Montana Public Service Commission. The plan provides a snapshot of the energy resources the utility uses, as well as a 20-year outlook on the utility’s fu…

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