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Whole-home automation has taken off. Maintaining your home's security and comfort has become as simple as pushing a button on your smartphone.

January 19, 2015 6:00 am

Better Business: Beware of companies' claims about products' environmental benefits

If being green keeps your business in the black, then you will want to keep a close eye on your environmental marketing claims. Recently the Federal Trade Commission has filed claims and settled with two plastic lumber manufacturers, whose products are used in decking, fencing and outdoor fu…

August 01, 2014 12:00 am
Montana organic farmers balk at South Korea shutout

Montana organic farmers balk at South Korea shutout

South Korea is poised to shut its doors next week to U.S. organic foods, a move that is frustrating Montana farmers in the business.

December 23, 2013 4:02 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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Bozeman camelina company sells to global holding firm

Bozeman camelina company sells to global holding firm

A biofuel company with Montana ties has sold to a global holding company interested in developing camelina in the state.

March 19, 2013 9:00 pmLoading…
For Montana biofuel, it's not easy being green

For Montana biofuel, it's not easy being green

When it was first promoted as a biofuel source perfect for the Montana plains, camelina looked to many like a weed. Seven tough years later, its persistence is being tested.

March 11, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Petroleum marketing group sues Wyoming school district over natural gas sales

CASPER, Wyo. — A group representing petroleum retailers and wholesalers is suing a school district in western Wyoming and the state transportation department over the district's recent foray into selling compressed natural gas as vehicle fuel, claiming it's competing with private business.

December 08, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Microsoft to power Wyoming data center with poo

CASPER, Wyo. — Human waste, with a little help from Microsoft, will power a new data facility in Cheyenne by March.

December 06, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Local nonprofit collects bikes for rural Namibia

Local nonprofit collects bikes for rural Namibia

Fourteen Namibian officials, almost 400 bicycles, a Billings-based nonprofit and a local adventure tourism company.

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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…

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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Worm farmer: Billings woman recycles using 'intestines of our earth'

Worm farmer: Billings woman recycles using 'intestines of our earth'

Sarah Mackenzie’s livestock isn’t exactly raised for food. Unless you like to eat worms, that is.

May 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos


Gazette opinion: Recycle to curb waste, cash in your trash

Gazette opinion: Recycle to curb waste, cash in your trash

Montana recycles papers, metals, plastics in many places, including more than a dozen Billings park and business locations. But curbside recycling for residents of Montana’s largest city is available from only one source.

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Grants available to help Wyoming ag producers go organic

CASPER, Wyo. — Grant money is available to Wyoming agriculture producers and handlers interested in going organic.

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2011 EcoStar Pollution Prevention Award applicants and nominees sought

BOZEMAN -- All Montana small businesses and nonprofits, including agriculture, manufacturing, education, hospitality and health care, can apply to be recognized for outstanding pollution prevention efforts through the Montana State University Extension Pollution Prevention Ecostar award program.

December 16, 2011 1:15 pmLoading…

120 wind towers proposed near Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  - A Jackson Hole company wants to lease land from Cheyenne to build a 300-megawatt, $750 million wind farm.

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Wyoming wind tower plant delayed until next year

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Plans to build a $40 million plant that would produce towers for wind turbines have been delayed, and industry observers say uncertainty over federal subsidies for renewable energy may be a factor.

December 02, 2011 5:46 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana can fuel DOD energy independence

Now is the time to change America’s economic and military dependence on foreign oil. This dependence places our troops needlessly in dangerous situations and directly dictates our energy and security policy. The use of homegrown plant-based biofuels, particularly camelina-based fuel, would k…

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USDA announces $80M for research into biofuels

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $80 million in grants to consortiums led by Washington state's two largest universities to research the conversion of Pacific Northwest wood and forest residues into biofuels.

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