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Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal:


Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you're probably pulling electricity from a wind turbine in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia. In ...


Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Recognize Montana Schools Leading the Way to Improve Energy Efficiency and Save Taxpayer Dollars:


Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today recognized 13 Montana public schools as the winners of the 2017-2018 SMART (Saving Money And Resources Today) Schools Challenge. "We're ...


A Utility in Transition - Customer Centric Energy Transformation - A Case Study of the Opportunity with Green Mountain Power :


Green Mountain Power (GMP) https://greenmountainpower.com/ in Vermont has announced a new company vision http://www.matr.net/files/GreenMountainPower.pdf as Vermont's Energy Transformation Company and ...


Recycle your old electronics to reduce waste in Billings and Missoula:


In observance of Earth Day this weekend, Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions http://www.yellowstoneewaste.com/ is encouraging the Magic City to reduce, reuse and recycle. With the exception of CRT monitors ...


Public Utilities & the Grid - Non-Wires Alternatives: Emerging, Maturing, Or Stalled? - 4/26 - Webinar:


The growing interest on distributed energy resources and business models supporting them has renewed interest in non-wires alternatives (NWAs) as a key planning concept central to the transformation ...


DOE Announces $105 Million in New Funding for Solar R&D:


The latest funding opportunity puts an emphasis on early-stage research and improving solar integration on the grid. It represents a shift from focusing exclusively on driving down the cost of ...


Today's TED Talk - A printable, flexible, organic solar cell:


Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, ...


Missoula businesses utilize, explain renewable energy for the masses:


From exercise equipment that creates electricity to a how-to guide on financing solar panels for residential homes, some Missoula businesses are putting major efforts into sustainability as Earth Day ...


Why we need to move toward an economy that can regenerate itself:


The old take-make-use-lose model of industrial design has depleted resources and dumped waste into the environment. By taking nature as our model and mentor, we can transform manufacturing -- and ...


Wyoming's first large solar farm edges forward:


Wyoming's first large solar farm may come to Green River soon. The proposed 80-megawatt farm moved forward Tuesday with the release of an environmental assessment of the project by the Bureau of Land ...


Timberland transforms recycled plastic bottles into shoes, bags:


For its latest collection, Timberland is turning to the bottle--the plastic bottle, that is. The outdoor-wear maker has teamed up with Thread, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, ...


Podcast - Imagining Two Futures for Energy Blockchain:




World's Most Powerful Wind Turbine: One Rotation 'Can Power the Average UK Home for a Day':




10 teams advance to final stage of $20 million Carbon XPrize Environment:


The notion of turning C02 into something useful sounds wildly futuristic, but scientists are already making promising strides in the area. Launched in 2016, the Carbon XPrize is a US$20 million ...


Replacing power produced by four Snake River dams feasible, study claims:


The energy produced by the four lower Snake River dams could be replaced by a mix of other clean energy sources, according to a study published last week. The study was commissioned by the NW Energy ...


Could the "Hot Solar Cell" Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever?:




"Montana is warming and it’s warming faster than the U.S. average.":


MSU prof gives sobering talk on a steadily hotter Montana Enough science is in to know this much: Montanans will be sweating through hotter days, fighting more wildfires and dealing with increasing ...


The Time Has Come for Battery Net Metering:




Bozeman ranks among top solar power producing cities:


On average, Bozeman produces 70 watts of electricity per person from solar power, and according to Shining Cities 2018, this was good enough to rank the city fifth of all smaller U.S. communities and ...


Google Officially Hits Its 100% Renewable Energy Target:




Are bald men walking solar panels?:


Bald-headed males could help accelerate the shift a future powered entirely by clean energy, according to new research. January's global baldness census reveals that 58% of men over 43 are currently ...


San Francisco International Airport Looks to Dynamic Glass for Efficiencies, Safety:




Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into plastic gold:


On a recent day, Chief Executive Jack Bigio stood alongside bales of sorted trash hauled in from a local landfill. He said recyclable items like glass, metals and minerals are extracted, and the remaining ...


System could detect - and prevent - eagle strikes on wind turbines:


It's a shame when any bird is killed by colliding with the spinning blades of a wind turbine, but it's particularly sad when that bird is a protected species. With that in mind, scientists are developing ...


The Public Startup Charting Bold New Waters:


Water utilities are struggling to lower their operation costs and simultaneously meet stricter environmental rules. Blue Drop, the brainchild of DC Water's former leader, wants to help. by Liz ...


Minnesota company to build 30-turbine wind farm in central Montana:


The project will be located next to Spion Kop, a 40-megawatt wind farm owned by NorthWestern near Geyser. Allete (pronounced A-leet) will use a General Electric workshop at the existing wind farm to build ...


DOE Official: Clean Energy Funding Should Be Cut for 'Exceeding Goals':


The Under Secretary of Energy defends a Trump administration proposal to cut $1.3 billion in funding from the DOE's renewable energy office. The plan has been widely criticized by clean energy ...


Google and Microsoft Are Shaping Energy Markets:




Growth in Electric Car Ownership Presents Challenges to the Grid:


With a significant number of electric cars expected on the road by 2020, power supply researchers say now is the time for strategies that can balance power demands without a costly upgrade to the power ...


Trump official said scientists went 'outside their wheelhouse' by writing climate change 'dramatically' shrunk Montana glaciers:


A U.S. Geological Survey study documenting how climate change has "dramatically reduced" glaciers in Montana came under fire from high-level Interior Department government officials in May, according ...

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