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Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma:


Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma raged through the state. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn't use them during the outage - or they'd be breaking the law. ...


The cost of solar power has dropped over 25% in one year:


The clean energy revolution continues and solar is leading the charge. In a recently published report, the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratories documented that the cost ...


Climate report says Montana must adapt to warmer, drier seasons:


Montana's average temperatures are increasing, mountain snowpacks are declining, large wildfires are more frequent, and all that is expected to continue in the coming decades, according to a study of ...


Utilities: Solar Trade Protections Do More Harm Than Good Duke Energy utility-scale solar farm:




Japan embraces renewable energy as dozens of towns go off-grid:


In the last six years, dozens of Japanese towns have worked to decentralize their power generation and storage systems, with many capable of powering themselves for days without sucking power from ...


New study shows a 1-in-20 chance climate change will cause a complete societal collapse:


Most of the world's human population, and the health of ecosystems across the planet, could face an existential threat by the end of the century if rapid, forceful action is not taken to combat climate ...


Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy:


Ancient technology could be used to level electricity prices for renewables. David L. Chandler | MIT News Office http://news.mit.edu/2017/firebricks-low-cost-storage-carbon-free-energy-0906 Many ...


Montana's solar energy capacity more than doubled since 2015:


State leaders say Montana has more than doubled its solar energy production capacity, far sooner than expected. Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney made the announcement Friday afternoon during an event at the Lewis ...


Power company maps energy plan for Idaho and Oregon:


Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won't be able to produce electricity at competitive prices. The move is part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon ...


Wildfires, the smoking gun of Western climate change?:


As cooler temperatures and precipitation finally bring a hint of relief to smoke-weary Montanans, the unusual nature of summer 2017 is coming into focus and the influence of climate change is impossible ...


Illinois engineer's invention expected to be game changer for power grid:


While a recent Energy Department report received a lot of attention for its conclusions about the generating mix, it also warned that 21st century generating technologies - such as wind and solar -- were ...


A New Commitment to an Efficient, Smart Grid in Arizona:


"In addition to helping customers save by conserving during peak demand hours, this targeted energy efficiency approach can help better integrate renewable resources and delay the need for future infrastructure," ...


The Bozeman School District board of trustees has approved a preliminary design for a new high school that would be heated and cooled via a geothermal system.:


The Bozeman School District board of trustees has approved a preliminary design for a new high school that would be heated and cooled via a geothermal system. The design by CTA Architects Engineers ...


Settlement would let Rocky Mountain Power charge nonsolar customers to pay for rooftop solar power:


Utah's Rocky Mountain Power customers could end up paying more directly for power generated by their neighbors' solar panels under the terms of the company's recent settlement with the solar industry. The ...


Rocky Mountain Power wants to spend billions on wind energy in Wyoming, but there will be hurdles:


PacifiCorp, and its subsidiary Rocky Mountain Power, would like to spend nearly $2.2 billion building new wind farms and laying 140 miles of a high voltage transmission line from the Medicine Bow area ...


Emails show Trump appointees undermined Facebook CEO Zuckerberg's Glacier National Park visit:


The Park Service was not allowed to post anything about the tour on its Facebook page or social media accounts. The Trump administration was far less keen on Zuckerberg -- who has been increasingly ...


Red Lodge writer sees more fires in our future:


In this summer of brutal heat, smoke and ash, in the midst of what Gov. Steve Bullock has called an "unprecedented fire season," Gary Ferguson's new book couldn't be more timely. In "Land on Fire: ...


California policies pose challenge for Wyoming wind farm:


"We have a huge issue in California in that Californians would like to keep all of the development and buy all of their power from within their borders," Heather Richards 307-266-0592, Heather.Richards@trib.com http://trib.com/business/energy/california-policies-pose-challenge-for-wyoming-wind-farm/article_90532853-0c48-5bb3-97f6-d47b23ef1eb3.html ...


The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water:




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Green Roof Initiative qualifies for Denver ballot, would require gardens atop new buildings:


The ballot measure would require most new buildings of at least 25,000 square feet to have gardens, solar panels or other "green roof" components cover at least 20 percent of their roofs' surface, depending ...


Electricity-free Stanford system cuts cooling costs by beaming heat into space:


Heat naturally flows from hot things to cold things, and since there are few places colder than the vacuum of space, that's a great place to try to beam excess heat. Over the last few years a Stanford ...


Love of Coastal Living Is Draining U.S. Disaster Funds:




Here's How We Can Actually Stop Wasting So Much Food:


Consumer awareness of food waste is "spreading like wildfire." A lot of money has been spent on public service campaigns to make people aware of the problem. Now it's time to do something about ...


Clear, Liquid Coating Turns Windows Into Solar Panels:




Arctic warming likely turned Harvey into "an extreme killer storm":


"What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic." Melting Arctic ice and spiking temperatures don't just affect the northernmost part of Earth. According to Cornell University professor Charles ...


This Low-Cost, Organic Material Could Bring Solar Energy to All Electronics:




Rocky Mountain Power, solar advocates, reach a deal on an alternative to utility's net-metering program:


The state's largest provider of electricity has agreed to drop its bid to change the way customers with rooftop solar pay for their power -- and will instead grandfather in existing net-metering customers ...


Minnesota has the best community solar program -- here's why:


Minnesota's community solar program continues to demonstrate that grassroots, locally owned renewable energy matters. That's why so many communities across Minnesota are making the investment, and why ...

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