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25 green start-ups that are changing the world including Idaho's Solar Roadways:


We proudly present the 25 start-ups that are still in the running to win €500,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. These innovative businesses have been chosen by our preliminary jury out ...


Montana's energy future: Positive action plan or doomsday report:


Recently, two reports have been released that tell very different stories about Montana's energy future. One is optimistic, solutions-oriented and comes after a broad collaborative effort. The other was ...


How Utilities Can Align 20-Year Resource Plans With Distributed Solar, EVs and More:


"Two years ago, most utilities thought these transformations were five to seven years out," said Gary Vicinus, managing director at Siemens Energy Business Advisory. "But they're already here." ...


Here's How One Utility Is Thinking About Mainstreaming All-Electric Buildings:




Scientists: North American forests may be near carbon-storage limit:


Once believed to play a crucial part in combating climate change because of their ability to store and absorb carbon dioxide, new research shows North American forests have reached 78 percent of their ...


Up and almost running: Brule County wind project nearly complete:


Originally facing no formal opposition, a nine-turbine wind farm in Brule County is nearing completion after about four months of construction. The project is south of Interstate 90, near Kimball, ...


California beats its 2020 goals for cutting greenhouse gases:


California has beaten its self-imposed goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, achieving a milestone in the state's fight against climate change. The California Air Resources Board announced Wednesday ...


Montana wind power: Poised to make the jump to bigger markets?:


When it comes to wind-power production, Montana is a relatively small player in the region - but that could be about to change. About 2,700 megawatts of new wind projects are on the drawing board in ...


Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week:


Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports the heat is to blame for at least 54 deaths ...


UM Study: Forests May Lose Ability to Protect Against Extremes of Climate Change:


Forests, one of the most dominate ecosystems on Earth, harbor significant biodiversity. Scientists have become increasingly interested in how this diversity is enhanced by the sheltering microclimates ...


Global warming could be far worse than predicted, new study suggests:


Collapsing polar ice caps, a green Sahara Desert, a 20-foot sea-level rise. That's the potential future of Earth, a new study suggests, noting that global warming could be twice as warm as current ...


Governor Bullock, Bonneville Power Administration Release Report on Montana's Positive Outlook for Renewable Energy:


Governor Steve Bullock and the Bonneville Power Administration today released the Montana Renewables Development Action Plan, which identifies specific actions intended to promote the further development ...


6 major wealth funds agree to encourage greener economy:




Bitcoin's energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual:


It's a telling social phenomenon of late capitalism that we are willing to construct elaborate computer networks to conduct secure transactions with each other -- and in the process torpedoing our hopes ...


The Montana Solar Community Project (MSCP) is today issuing a request for applications for the funding of community-scale solar projects in Montana.:


MSCP is making at least $110,000 available for communities, non-profits organizations, and electricity providers interested in organizing and developing a community-scale solar project. MSCP is looking ...


Connected Devices Are Driving a More Grid-Responsive Home:


Smart thermostats, connected lighting and electric water heaters offer customers greater awareness and control of their energy consumption -- and they're becoming a more important part of the broader ...


California lawmakers debate creating regional electric grid:


A contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other western states faces a crucial test Tuesday in a state Senate committee. Supporters say regionalizing the grid would ...


What is happening to the Copper River Salmon Run this Year? Where are they? :


Apparently there is a mass of water roaming the Pacific Ocean known as the 'Blob' that could be partly to blame for the Copper River's historically dismal salmon season. http://www.intrafish.com/fisheries/1474429/live-updates-chums-running-strong-sockeye-lagging (Many ...


Could the U.S. Retire Most of Its Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2040?:


One of the most asked (and most important) questions in energy has no simple answer: What's the future of coal-fired power in the United States? On one hand, recent history hasn't been very favorable ...


Xcel Energy power plan would cut carbon emissions by half, use renewable sources for 55 percent of power:


Xcel Energy Colorado unveiled a new power plan that the utility estimates could save customers $215 million, cut carbon emissions by half and lift renewable energy sources to 55 percent of its electricity ...


Cost-effective method of extracting uranium from seawater promises limitless nuclear power:


The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in association with LCW Supercritical Technologies has made an important breakthrough for the nuclear industry by extracting 5 grams of powdered uranium, ...


The e21 Initiative The electric industry is undergoing profound changes.:


Customers are expressing the desire for cleaner energy and convenient energy management and automation. Utilities are experiencing historically flat load growth, yet need to invest in aging electric ...


Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought:




Sustainable Missoula: Solar is no longer an 'alternative' energy source:


Now is an important time for local action to keep momentum building in the right direction. Fortunately, Missoula has demonstrated its dedication to doing just that. Nationally, as well as here in ...


The Controversy Surrounding Liberty Utilities' Home Storage Pilot:




Podcast - Why Sustainable Cities Are Closer Than We Think:


Why is this change happening in big cities more than in rural areas? A quick scan of the headlines paints a bleak picture of the environment. Oceans are filling with plastic, aging cities are grappling ...


Approaching 'carbon bubble" could wipe trillions from global economy:


"For too long, global climate policy has been seen as a prisoner's dilemma game, where some nations can do nothing and get a 'free ride' on the efforts of others. Our results show this is no longer the ...


How To Develop Community-Scale Solar - 6/28 - Helena, Montana:


The Montana Solar Community Project would like to invite you to attend the project's upcoming How to Develop Community-Scale Solar Meeting in Helena, from 1:00-4:30 pm on Thursday, June 28th. ...


Electric Utility Begins Rolling Out Smart Meters to 590k Customers in Southwestern Oregon:




Montana Wildfire Potential: 'Very Similar' To Last Year - Houses Can Grow Back After Fire. Lives Cannot.:


This year's fire season is off to a slow start, but it could ramp up in July. That's according an update Montana's State Forester gave to state lawmakers Wednesday. Rivers across Montana are running ...

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