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Energy Vault to build grid-level, gravity-fed battery from a tower of concrete blocks:


Meeting our growing energy demands without continuing to destroy the planet might be one of the biggest challenges of our time, and it calls for some pretty creative solutions. Swiss company Energy Vault ...


Energy Vault to build grid-level, gravity-fed battery from a tower of concrete blocks:


Meeting our growing energy demands without continuing to destroy the planet might be one of the biggest challenges of our time, and it calls for some pretty creative solutions. Swiss company Energy Vault ...


Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?:


Max Krause was thinking of buying some bitcoin, as one does. But Krause is an engineer--mostly he works on modeling greenhouse gas emissions from landfills--so his first step was to run the numbers. ...


A gas leak every mile: Google Street View cars find problems that utilities don't:


In older American cities like New York and Boston, there can be as many gas leaks as there are miles of road. How do we know? Because Google drove those city streets - and mapped every leak. In ...


GE Wants to Build Virtual Power Plants Using Blockchain:




Montana School District soars into the future on solar energy:


A next step for the school district could be more ability to function off the grid. "We would love to partner with any organization in order to expand our use of renewable energy," Shipman said. Posted ...


We Have to Save the Planet. So I'm Donating One Billion Dollars.:




Colorado utilities turning on to battery power, thanks to dropping prices, advances in technology:


Xcel Energy-Colorado, the state's largest electric utility, will add a total of 275 megawatts of large-scale battery storage to solar arrays in its newly approved Colorado Energy Plan. By Judith ...


Young scientists develop enviro-friendly bricks made out of urine:


Scientists still haven't developed a cure for the common cold, but who cares? The young scientists of the world are focusing their attention on what matters most: bricks made out of piss. A group ...


Tendril and Google Unveil the Talking Home Hub as Smart Utility Customer Rep:




From poop to power: Missoula's waste now becomes electricity generator:


Tucked inside a large green metal box-like structure, which is dwarfed by the rest of Missoula's wastewater treatment plant, is the newest effort by the city to reduce its carbon footprint. On Wednesday, ...


A patent pending design for a single-axis wind turbine makes use of wind approaching from all directions and can take urban energy harvesting to the next level.:


Sustainability has taken a new turn with O-Wind, an omnidirectional, single-axis wind turbine catered to serve apartment buildings facing chaotic winds in urban environments. Patent pending, the O-Wind ...


Goodbye fossil fuels: Missoula sets 100 percent clean energy goal by 2035:


The solar panels atop the city's newest parking garage go far in providing most of the energy used to power the facility. But it's not good enough. Now, the city of Missoula aims to ween itself of ...


This Blockchain of Blockchains Will Let You Sell Your Energy Anywhere in the World:




Protecting our Winters: Conrad Anker speaks on climate change:


The North Face athlete, alpinist and environmentalist Conrad Anker stopped by to discuss Protecting Our Winters. Tonight, at Reid Hall on the MSU campus, Anker will be speaking and presenting on climate ...


In Gallatin County, we love recycling too much, and we keep getting it wrong:


One half-full ketchup bottle. That's all it takes to contaminate up to 30 pounds of recycling, We Recycle owner Dave Leverett said, essentially making everything in that haul unusable. By ...


Google is searching for a way to be zero emissions all the time:




Let's protect the oceans like national parks:


You don't have to be a scientist to help protect the world's oceans, says underwater drone expert and TED Fellow David Lang -- in fact, ordinary citizens have pulled together to save the planet's ...


The world's beer supply is threatened by climate change. That could mean a $20 six-pack.:




Back To Our Roots: Missoula Hosts AERO Expo And Annual Meeting Highlighting Sustainability Oct 26 :


The city of Missoula will host a unique event https://tinyurl.com/y929vett this October as folks from the Garden City and all across the state come together for the AERO Expo and Annual Meeting, ...


Climeworks: The ambitious startup out to reverse climate change by capturing carbon from the air Environment :


If solving the problem of climate change was a 100-piece jigsaw puzzle, systems that suck C02 out of the air might make up one or two pieces. But as a warming planet and rising global emissions loom large, ...


Ancient Egyptian pigment may find use on power-saving roofs:


Previous research has already shown that surfaces coated with Egyptian blue absorb incoming visible light and emit it as near-infrared light. In a recent study, though, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley ...


Green Roof Requirements Are On the Rise:




California Energy Efficiency Program Could Be Much More Effective for Low-Income Residents:




Kilowatts that come with a cold one in Missoula, MT:


Missoula Electric Cooperative installs solar panel array on roof of Bonner KettleHouse Brewery https://kettlehouse.com/bonner-brewery/ in expansion of its successful Solarshare program. Missoula ...


UN report: Earth Nears Global Warming Climax:


A landmark report released Sunday from the world's top climate change group said "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" are required to ward off the worst impacts of ...


Emerging Trends Will Energize the Future of Utilities :


"The nature of how power is being produced, distributed, and consumed is changing, and so must we. If organizations don't pick up on these subtle changes, they'll end up locked up, inflexible and potentially ...


NorthWestern Energy gets pass on Montana law requiring support of small renewable energy projects:


For five years in row, NorthWestern Energy has been given a pass for not complying with a state law requiring the utility to build or buy renewable energy projects for its generation lineup. The latest ...


A New Take on Energy Conservation in the Heartland:




"The End of the World as We Know It: The Consequences of Extreme Climate Disruption for Business and Democracy." :


In 2014, President Barack Obama famously said, "We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it." Four years later, as Wharton's ...

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