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After the fire, scientists brace for climate change :


A century of putting out every forest fire possible has unbalanced forests. "We don't have a clear idea which species will win out with climate change," said Jon Keeley, senior research scientist with ...


Solar-power mandate will hurt California utilities. Or it won't!:


Always interesting to see the wide-ranging opinions from the so-called gurus on any news event. Take California plans to mandate most new housing will have solar power installed. There's plenty of ...


New research confirms energy needs can be met by renewables:


Could renewable sources meet 100 percent of our energy demand? Yes, according to new research which scrutinises the arguments against. "There are no roadblocks on the way to a 100-percent renewable future," ...


Is California's Solar Rooftop Mandate the Gateway for Electrifying Everything?:




Massachusetts Rejects Smart Meter Rollouts, as Competitive Energy Undermines the Business Case:


How customers migrating to third-party and municipal electric services have put National Grid, Unitil and Eversource's AMI plans in question. Massachusetts regulators see a future in which customers ...


Are you interested in participating in a stakeholder group to discuss opportunities to expand residential and small-commercial clean energy financing in Montana?:


The Montana Energy Office is developing a stakeholder group that it plans to convene regularly to discuss opportunities to expand residential and small-commercial clean energy financing in Montana. ...


Dandelion Energy - Inside Kathy Hannun's quest to provide accessible household geothermal:


Renewable energy is almost synonymous with two forms of electricity in today's market: solar and wind. While most new additions to the renewable energy mix in the United States are solar and wind-based, ...


Missoula's Montana Natural History Center - One planet: Digital globe illustrates Earth's systems in revolutionary way:


At the Montana Natural History Center last week, climate scientist Steve Running told some 50 people about one of his favorite examples of what he calls "serendipity science." Before him, a digital ...


Glass Drop Off - 5/16 And 5/17 - Missoula, MT :


Bring your bottles. Where: Broadway Fresh Market (800 W Broadway) When: Wednesday May 16, 4-6pm Where: South Reserve Fresh Market (3801 S Reserve St) When: Thursday May 17, 4-6pm (406) 207-8228 ...


The Rise of Performance-Based Regulation and Other Policy Developments:




Electricity markets are wooing Wyoming industry, but regulators remain cautious:


If Wyoming's largest utility had joined the California Independent Operator System's grid, which it considered a few years ago, the merger would have revolutionized the western power sector. A study commissioned ...


Is the country's energy grid at risk?:




Idaho Power can take 1st step toward changing how it charges solar customers:


"We agree, and acknowledge that the costs of serving on-site generation customers, when the true value of their interconnection is realized, may be less than the cost of serving standard service customers," ...


One simple chart shows why an energy revolution is coming -- and who is likely to come out on top:


The cost of solar power is decreasing so rapidly, it's now cheaper than coal, based on a new analysis. A recent report from Lazard shows how the costs of producing electricity from various sources ...


Is Blockchain the Right Tool to Fix a Broken Competitive Retail Electricity Market?:




Gianforte Named Chairman of Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment:


Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte yesterday was named chairman of the Interior, Energy, and Environment (IEE) Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee. "I am honored ...


California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes :


"California is about to take a quantum leap in energy standards," Raymer said. "No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap." By Jeff Collins | JeffCollins@scng.com ...


Earlier runoff, less snow: Montana State professor warns of climate change's effects on recreation:


Mild-mannered Cathy Whitlock is blunt when she talks about climate change in Montana. "Spoiler alert," she said. "The climate is getting warmer, and we're going to have to deal with it." Whitlock ...


The water conundrum in Gallatin County, Montana: A limited resource, a cacophony of voices and a region that continues to grow:


In the Gallatin Valley, where sources like Sourdough have been largely shut off to new extraction for the last 25 years, water is both limited and coveted. And as it spreads increasingly thin, a cluster ...


Bill by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso would close window for small wind farms seeking power purchasers:


Sen. John Barrasso is trying to reform a federal law that some in Wyoming argue is being used to benefit a small renewable market while potentially inflating the cost of power for ordinary people. His ...


University of Montana Professor Ashley Ballantyne to serve on French President Macron's "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative:


When French President Emmanuel Macron announced the first round of fellows selected to serve on his "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative, Ashley Ballantyne https://www.cfc.umt.edu/personnel/details.php?ID=2054 ...


Grocery bags and takeout containers aren't enough. It's time to phase out all single-use plastic:


Faced with an unholy tonnage of chip bags, soda bottles, takeout containers and other disposable plastic items flowing into our landfills and our waters, winding up in wildlife, drinking water and food, ...


California's power grid is changing fast, and 'we don't have a plan':


The state's system for producing, selling and distributing energy is undergoing profound changes. Cities are buying electricity directly for their citizens, companies like Google are sidestepping the ...


US regulatory thumbs up brings small modular nuclear reactors a step closer:


The first small modular reactor (SMR) application has passed an intensive Phase 1 review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), potentially marking the next chapter in civilian nuclear power ...


Throttling nuclear power production could lead to cheaper, greener energy:


The 99 nuclear power plants on US soil provide nearly 20 percent of the country's energy needs and have been operating at an increasingly high capacity, from 50 percent in the early 70s, to 70 percent ...


Stable and scalable photo-electrode "strongest candidate yet" for renewable hydrogen generation:


Using the power of the sun to split water and produce hydrogen fuel is one of the most promising clean energy technologies being pursued. One of the biggest hurdles holding it back has been uncovering ...


Solar panels on farmland stir fight in Central Washington:


After decades of growing alfalfa, Timothy hay and other crops, Jeff and Jackie Brunson want to lease part of their farm to a Seattle-based solar-power developer. Not a popular move. Neighbors and other ...


The Case for Climate Reparations. Who should pay the costs for climate-change-related disasters?:


THE FLAMES moved with a speed that no one had thought possible. It was a Sunday night, about 10:30 P.M., and Brad Sherwood was asleep when the sound of the dog scratching at the back door woke ...


How Oman's Rocks Could Help Save the Planet:




Wind, solar deliver stunning 98 percent of new U.S. power capacity in January, February:



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