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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 ...


Welcome to Babcock Ranch: America's First Solar-Powered Town:




City of Bozeman to assess the impacts of Climate Change:


Last summer Montana saw one of the largest wildfire seasons on record and this spring we have seen a historic flooding season. Because of this, the City of Bozeman will be assessing the climate to see ...


EVs Could Save California Billions in Energy Storage Investment:




Solar is starting to replace the largest coal plant in the western U.S.:


On Navajo land in Arizona, a coal plant and coal mine that have devastated the environment are being replaced by solar-with both enormous benefits and local drawbacks that can serve as a lesson for ...


Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?:




Helena Recycling to begin taking glass June 1:


Glass recycling is only for Helena city residents who own homes. Renters and those who live in the county will not be able to recycle glass when the new service begins. John Hilton, owner of Helena ...


A new type of public power is growing in California, and raising alarms:


Local governments have embraced it as a way exert more control over their electricity supply and set their own rates while using a higher mix of renewable power than the traditional utilities provide. By ...


As climate changes, so should our conversation, professor tells Billings crowd:


"The fire problem is not going to go away, and we can't log our way out of it," she said. "We need to do more community planning (within the wildland urban interface) and accept that wildfires will be ...


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 ...

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