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Denver hopes 300 new charging stations will accelerate switch to electric cars:


Denver is pressing ahead on its promise to help make Paris climate agreement cuts in heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution by accelerating a local takeoff of plug-in vehicles. By Bruce Finley | ...


University of Montana Joins Northwest Climate Science Center University Consortium:


The University of Montana has passed a rigorous scientific review to become an official university partner of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Northwest Climate Science Center, hosted by the University ...


Evidence of climate change abounds amid extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest:


SEATTLE -- This city known for its rain just went a record-breaking 55 days without any. By James Hohmann Full Story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/08/14/daily-202-evidence-of-climate-change-abounds-amid-extreme-weather-in-the-pacific-northwest/59910b8e30fb0462b8e1a9c4/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_daily202-climate-817am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.9b026a00ee10 *** A ...


State regulators push back on PGE's green energy plan:


Portland General Electric officials entered a meeting in Salem this week intent on persuading state regulators that it makes economic and environmental sense to move quickly on a massive new wind ...


Boulder, Colorado prepares long-term strategy for dramatic rise in local solar generation:


Among the aspirational climate-related goals Boulder has set for itself are targets of 50 megawatts of local renewable energy generation by 2020, and 100 megawatts by 2030. The figure citywide currently ...


Utahns light up rooftop solar proposal as Rocky Mountain Power negotiates with clean-energy advocates:


Instead on net metering, Rocky Mountain Power would bring a separate case before the Public Service Commission to set a rate at which customers with rooftop solar arrays would be compensated for surplus ...


Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report:


The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change ...


Elon Musk's First Tesla Solar Roof Is Here, and It Looks Amazing:


Elon Musk's house runs on solar. The Tesla CEO made the announcement during Wednesday's second quarter 2017 earnings call, where he revealed that both himself and Jeffrey B. Straubel, the company's ...


A changing electrical grid may make Snake River dams expendable -- and help save salmon:


The fate of the Northwest salmon may be decided by the way you use your heater and your air conditioner. BY ROCKY BARKER rbarker@idahostatesman.com The fate of the Northwest salmon may be ...


Here's what the first Tesla solar roofs look like in the wild:


The solar tiles are being installed on the homes of Tesla employees, including Musk's own house When Elon Musk started taking preorders for Tesla's solar roof tiles https://www.curbed.com/2016/10/31/13478124/tesla-solar-roof-tiles-powerwall-batteries ...


Montana must develop climate change policy:


Recently, as a result of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, we, along with legislative colleagues and local government officials, sent a letter to Gov. Steve Bullock ...


Steps to Making Utilities Formidable Energy Providers in the On-Demand Era:


How utilities can take targeted, no-regrets steps to thrive in a fast-changing energy marketplace. by Adrian Tuck Full Story: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-utilities-can-be-formidable-energy-providers-in-the-on-demand-era?utm_source=Daily&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=GTMDaily *** Utility ...


Here's Elon Musk's Plan to Power the U.S. on Solar Energy:


Tesla CEO Elon Musk -- whose company makes electric cars and has a new solar roof panel division -- reminded more than 30 state governors at the National Governors Association meeting this weekend exactly ...


Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid:




Idaho Power seeks changes for solar customer compensation:


Idaho Power said Thursday it wants permission from state regulators to lump people who install rooftop solar panels starting next year into a new class of energy providers, and may ask later for permission ...


An Antidote to the Utility-Versus-Renewables Conflict:


"Not only are we bringing people together outside a formal proceeding or other legal process, but the way we bring them together is designed to create trust and transparency and equity in the conversation," ...


Lawmakers suggest Montana PSC's short renewable energy contracts may be 'unlawful':


Montana's utility regulator has doubled down on dramatically shorter contracts for renewable energy development, even as state legislators warn that things have gone too far. Montana's Public Service ...


This New Material Could Let Phones And Electric Cars Charge in Seconds:


Can't wait to stop waiting! Finding time to stop, plug in and recharge could become history, with scientists developing a new electrode design that could charge batteries in seconds instead ...


German Utility EWE Plans a Flow Battery Big Enough to Power Berlin for an Hour:




Interior Department Defends Blocking Glacier Park Climate Experts from Zuckerberg Trip:




Platio integrates solar panels in pedestrian walkways and street furniture:


Our roads, pedestrian pathways and street furniture can spend much of their days just sitting there doing nothing. Budapest startup Platio has spent the last couple of years developing a modular, self-contained ...


Why wasn't Mark Zuckerberg allowed to meet with Glacier's climate expert?:


With the park a ground zero of sorts for the unmistakable signs that warming and melting of glaciers is speeding up, the decision to keep a visitor -- and a celebrity at that -- from meeting with a scientist-in-residence, ...


Mark Zuckerberg Visits Glacier National Park - Goodby Glaciers:


I'm spending the afternoon at Glacier National Park in Montana with some National Park Service Rangers. The impact of climate change is very clear at Glacier. In the last hundred years, the average ...


Al Gore's crusade to save the world:


A huge iceberg -- said to be the size of Delaware -- broke off from the Antarctic Peninsula. It's one of the largest ever recorded. But scientists differ on whether it can be blamed directly on climate ...


In my classroom, students are the teachers--here's why it works:




The crack that changed the Earth forever:


One of the largest icebergs ever recorded -- 1 trillion tons, twice the volume of Lake Erie and roughly the size of Delaware -- broke off from an ice shelf in Antarctica. Editors, USA TODAY Full ...


Aerial photos show how friggin' huge Tesla's Gigafactory is:




Nano light detector may mean smaller solar panels:




Coal no longer fuels America. But the legacy -- and the myth -- remain.:


Coal mining, celebrated with rhinestones and pageantry, is an enduring legacy rather than a thriving enterprise. Which is coal country's problem, and the challenge for its boosters. We're stuck on the ...


Tesla is building the world's biggest battery in Australia - up and running within 100 days or it's free:


Tesla's Powerwalls are starting to find their way into homes, and one of their main selling points is the way they can keep a home up and running during a blackout. Now the company has ambitious plans ...

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