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Decoupling - Xcel Energy gets go-ahead to modernize power grid and recoup costs:




Bitter scientific debate erupts over the future of America's power grid:


Scientists are engaged in an increasingly bitter and personal feud over how much of the United States' power it can get from renewable sources, with a large group of scientists taking aim at a popular ...


BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource:




Tesla kills the duck with big batteries:


One of the problems that comes from reliance on solar power is the "duck curve" where the solar panels produce more power than is needed during the day, and standby power is needed in the evening when ...


Nevada's New Solar Law Is About Much More Than Net Metering:




'Magic' alloy could mean cheaper solar power:


Researchers have developed a new kind of semiconductor alloy capable of capturing the near-infrared light located on the edge of the visible light spectrum. Easier to manufacture and at least 25 percent ...


The Shocking Doomsday Maps Of The World And The Billionaire Escape Plans - Land in Montana is going to get very valuable:


When I wrote my first article on billionaire bunkers years ago, I never would have imagined how quickly our world was changing. Our lives are in a constant state of flux, the political situation aside, ...


Federal regulators decide to keep fee that inflates cost of Montana wind energy:


Montana wind energy advocates have been dealt a blow by the Bonneville Power Administration, which has refused to kill a transmission fee that inflates the cost of renewable energy. Keeping the fee ...


EV battery life extended by feeding energy back into the grid:


Researchers at the University of Warwick have demonstrated a new "smart grid" system whereby energy from idle electric vehicle (EV) batteries could by pumped back into the grid to power large buildings, ...


Where and How to Develop Clean Energy Projects for Corporate Customers:


Corporations have started to recognize the value of having a flexible, low-carbon energy strategy. Rocky Mountain Institute launches a new software platform to promote corporate procurements and ...


Canada's Biggest Energy Storage Project Will Be On-Line in a Few Months:




Green Mountain Power's Latest Distributed Energy Play: Smart Water Heaters for 99 Cents a Month:




Frustrated by policy makers, Missoula high-school students launch action on climate future:


There's a growing sense of frustration among a group of Missoula students who have come to believe that without money, they have no political voice, and without that voice, they have little influence ...


Department of Energy helps Missoula hone in on carbon-cutting goals:


Technical support offered by the U.S. Department of Energy and several other organizations could help the city of Missoula achieve the goals of its climate plan, becoming carbon neutral by its self-imposed ...


Renewable Record: Wind and Solar Supplied 10 Percent of US Electricity in March:




Lefty Cities Say They Want to Fight Climate Change, but Won't Take the Most Obvious Step to Do It:


I have bad news for this feel-good caucus. Want to fight climate change? You have to fight cars. In the nation's largest cities, cars account for about a third of greenhouse gas emissions. Nationally, ...


Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles overcomes major hurdle:


If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway, it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel for vehicles. Now ...


Solar Paint Could Be a Big Step in the Race to Replace Carbon-Based Fuels:




Old tires make for stronger concrete:


For some time now, crumbs of rubber from ground-up discarded tires have been used to produce a more resilient form of asphalt. Researchers from the University of British Columbia are taking things in ...


Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want :


Electricity customers have more choice in how they consume and manage their energy today than at any time before, and the number of options available continues to multiply. But what is it customers want? ...


What Dodd-Frank rollback could mean for energy sector, climate change:


While everyone was watching James Comey's testimony in the Senate on Thursday, the other side of the Capitol was more quietly (but also consequentially) passing a piece of legislation that would have ...


Bio-inspired wind turbines with flexible blades are 35% more efficient:


Wind energy already yields four percent of Earth's power, but five researchers at French institutions recently drew inspiration from nature to make wind turbines even better. Inspired by creatures ...


Recycling and making money are not mutually exclusive:


A circular-economy approach can help companies reduce waste without sacrificing financial outcomes, but it requires a lot of change and communication between employees and customers, writes Eillie ...


Montana scientists issue climate warnings as Trump sticks to hoax:


One week after President Donald Trump shunned the world's leading scientists and pulled the United States from the global pact on climate change, more than 1,200 U.S. business leaders, governors, ...


Video: Montana Made Climate Science Panel 06/05/17 :


In the last few months it seems like every day some sort of anti-science position or statement is issued from a politician in Washington D.C. Climate change science is being particularly hard hit. To ...


Survey: Montana farmers and ranchers accept climate change as reality:


If changes aren't made, Montana's temperatures are expected to rise 12 degrees over the next 30 years, which could turn Montana into a ghost town. "Coal is a public health menace." Nobel Peace Prize ...


How to teach kids about climate change where most parents are skeptics:


COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho -- Jakob Namson peered up at the towering ponderosa pine before him. He looked at his notebook, which was full of calculations scribbled in pencil. Then he looked back at the pine. ...


Montana Governor Steve Bullock: Withdrawal from Climate Accord 'Dangerous':


Bullock says we should face the challenge and work to find solutions, not pretend it doesn't exist Montana's governor says President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate ...


Utility startups are making the electric grid work more like the internet:


In the glory days of the electricity grid, utilities burned mainly fossil fuels at big, centrally located operations and transmitted the resulting power to businesses and consumers at highly regulated ...


As Trump weighs Paris Treaty, U.S. mayors consider a move to 100 percent clean energy - Fact-checking President Trump’s claims on the Paris climate change deal:


The U.S. Conference of Mayors will be examining a resolution to support a switch to clean energy by Patrick Sisson Full Story: https://www.curbed.com/2017/5/31/15720178/paris-agreement-mayor-climate-change-renewable-energy-clean-power *** Fact-checking ...

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