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.
CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming officials have started a campaign to sell Wyoming wind to California and are preparing a similar sales pitch to Colorado.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A $40 million wind tower manufacturing plant planned for Cheyenne is being held up because of foot-dragging by Congress on a federal tax credit for wind energy, officials say.
CODY, Wyo. — Members of the Renewable Energy Alliance will address the Legislature’s Joint Minerals Committee this summer as the start-up group looks to create balance in the state’s energy portfolio and make renewable systems available to more users.
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…
Energy development in Montana is big news these days. Whether it is piping oil from the tar sands to Texas or pumping it from the Bakken oil field, many Montanans feel conflicted. While Big Oil offers revenue and jobs, it brings profound changes to Montana boom towns, and the hidden costs, b…