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Renewable Energy

Guest opinion: Legislature should fix net metering law to be fair to all customers

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…

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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



Details on Bullock’s five options to comply with EPA greenhouse gas rules

HELENA – The Bullock administration Friday outlined five possible “scenarios” Montana could follow to comply with proposed federal rules to reduce greenhouse gases.

September 19, 2014 6:38 pmLoading…
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



Guest opinion: PSC must weigh carbon cost risk in dam decision

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…

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UM, MSU part of $10M effort to turn forest debris into fuel

UM, MSU part of $10M effort to turn forest debris into fuel

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?

December 24, 2013 2:40 pmLoading…
Friendship House students light the way for African school

Friendship House students light the way for African school

Sixth-grader Damian Crawford liked constructing solar-light panels because he got to make them himself.

November 24, 2013 11:45 pm Photos



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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Western governors promote energy development

Western governors promote energy development

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.

July 01, 2013 3:33 pm
Bullock on climate change plans: Wait for details

Bullock on climate change plans: Wait for details

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.

July 01, 2013 2:39 pmLoading…

Travel and Leisure: Can your business trip be green? You bet, and here's how

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.

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Developers, landowners urge PSC to reject rule change that sinks small power projects

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.

June 24, 2013 4:13 pmLoading…

Company to reveal power line plan in March

JACKSON, Wyo. — The company planning a $3.5 billion transmission line between Wyoming and Nevada expects to choose a preferred route next month.

February 11, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
New PSC chair Gallagher raps wind power

New PSC chair Gallagher raps wind power

HELENA – Montana’s Public Service Commission, with its newly minted 5-0 Republican majority, chose Commissioner Bill Gallagher as its new chairman Monday.

January 07, 2013 4:15 pmLoading…

New 5-0 Republican control of PSC may bring new direction, chairman for regulatory body

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.

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Guest opinion: Cleaner energy generating jobs for Americans

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…

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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…
Final decisions expected in 2014 on Wyoming wind farm

Final decisions expected in 2014 on Wyoming wind farm

CHEYENNE — Federal agencies aim to have their permit and review decisions for a wind farm development in southern Wyoming complete by October 2014.

August 07, 2012 6:24 pmLoading…

Wyoming seeks California, Colorado wind power buyers

CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming officials have started a campaign to sell Wyoming wind to California and are preparing a similar sales pitch to Colorado.

July 26, 2012 12:58 pmLoading…

Election year politics snag Wyoming wind tower plant

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.

July 26, 2012 12:02 pmLoading…

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