For farmers and ranchers, energy is one of the most expensive parts of our operations. There are simple solutions that would help us control these costs, but these solutions are currently inhibited because of needless obstacles in state law.
What would an additional $500 in energy expenses do to your household’s annual budget? Cause you to miss a car payment? Is it a month’s rent or mortgage? The amount of a few little “luxuries” like cable TV or a tablet computer for your kids?
NorthWestern Energy is the largest provider of renewable energy in Montana. With our acquisition of the dams, more than half of the electricity serving our 360,000 customers in Montana will come from renewable resources — water and wind. The electricity generation we use to provide our custo…
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…
HELENA – The Bullock administration Friday outlined five possible “scenarios” Montana could follow to comply with proposed federal rules to reduce greenhouse gases.
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.
Last week the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, this one detailing the current and expected impacts from climate change. The report is the latest in a series of undeniable signals that the U.S. and the world will and must get serious about a…
MISSOULA — If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce?
Sixth-grader Damian Crawford liked constructing solar-light panels because he got to make them himself.
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…
PARK CITY, Utah — The American West contains abundant sources of traditional and renewable energy, and developing both while protecting the environment is a goal that can be achieved, Western governors said at a weekend conference.
HELENA — President Barack Obama’s goal of limiting carbon-dioxide emissions has put Democratic leaders in energy-producing states such as Montana in a bind, caught between bellicose Republican statements of a “war on coal” and emboldened environmentalists who are calling for swift action.
Businesses will spend close to $300 billion on travel this year. That’s a lot of jet fuel, hotel sheets to wash, and the list goes on. The challenge: How do we travel as economically as possible, meet our goals, and at the same time, reduce our environmental impact. Is that possible? Absolutely.
HELENA – Developers of small renewable-power projects in Montana on Monday urged the state Public Service Commission to reject a rule change they say will sink any future projects.
JACKSON, Wyo. — The company planning a $3.5 billion transmission line between Wyoming and Nevada expects to choose a preferred route next month.
HELENA – Montana’s Public Service Commission, with its newly minted 5-0 Republican majority, chose Commissioner Bill Gallagher as its new chairman Monday.
HELENA — When the new, all-Republican state Public Service Commission convenes Monday, the regulatory body will chart a different path and probably choose a new chairman, members say.
Renewable energy puts people to work, and does it better than coal. According to the National Mining Association, coal employs 136,000 people in the entire United States. That might seem like a lot of people and it might seem, as so many advocates for the fossil fuel industry are saying, lik…
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…
CHEYENNE — Federal agencies aim to have their permit and review decisions for a wind farm development in southern Wyoming complete by October 2014.