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PSC attorney: Commissioners showed bias about solar projects — but not too much

“Without question, the Commissioner remarks exhibited bias,” wrote PSC attorney Zachary Rogala

UW researcher: Wind blows controversy, but may become world’s primary energy source

“’While wind energy is a controversial topic in Wyoming, it is poised to become a primary source of electricity generation for the world,’”

Future Power Outages Predicted, Until CA Grid Restructured

Northern California’s power outage is rooted in its antiquated power grids; it’s simply “exposed lines on wood poles over dry grass.”

Improving Electrical Grids Could Help Protect the Climate

Preventing losses of electricity as it travels from the source to where it’s used could cut greenhouse gas emissions by half a billion metric tons a year.

Montana State University Wonderlust will present “Montana’s Changing Climate: Should We Worry?” – 10/11 – Bozeman

MSU Wonderlust Friday Forums are free and open to the public thanks to sponsorship by the Bozeman Library Foundation.

Study Suggests Rethinking How The West Lives With Fire

As fire season winds down, managers are intentionally setting fire to brush piles, slash and even large sections of forests in an effort to prevent out of control wildfires in future seasons.

New Method for Power Grid That Lowers Cost and Increases Efficiency

Researchers have proposed a new probabilistic dispatch strategy for these modern power grids that lowers generation costs, but also ensures that constraints in the power network are secure. This method prevents overload or power outages. 

Electric Roads Could Be a Path to a Driverless Future

Israel and Sweden experiment with a new way to increase the uses of electric cars.

Wyoming utility leading drive to expand wind and solar

PacifiCorp’s draft of the biennial plan unveiled Thursday targets for retirement by 2030 two-thirds of the company’s thermal coal units spread across multiple states.

REC Silicon May Sell Butte, Montana Facility

The move shows the trade war isn’t getting any easier for the Norwegian company that has most of its production based in the U.S.


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