Energy and Climate Change

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Builders put energy into efficiency

"There is a trend to promote energy efficiency and sustainable buildings," he added. Habitat for Humanity programs in Butte, Helena and Great Falls have all moved toward more efficient buildings.

New pump will offer biodiesel to Missoula – & – Extra grease from Atlanta restaurants fuels the city’s growing biodiesel industry.

Sustainable Systems L.L.C., which makes and supplies the biodiesel used in the University of Montana Bio-Bus, is planning to install a public pump at a Missoula Cenex station, said Shannon Therriault, air-quality specialist at the Missoula City-County Environmental Health Division.

In Montana, the next Arctic Refuge debate

Modern conservationists call this wild country "the American Serengeti." But unlike the African Serengeti, Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, a 100-mile stretch of glacier-sculpted peaks and valleys held by the US Forest Service and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has only temporary protection against oil and gas drilling.

Harnessing the sun’s power – Utilities have $500 million to help pay for large alternative energy systems

"It sends a message to the solar industry that California is in this for the long haul,” "When we look back in 10 years, we’ll say these programs made fundamental changes in the general energy picture,”

Firms buy Colorado’s largest wind farm

"The great thing about this project is that it had to compete with every other form of electrical generation — and it won," said Jan Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Portland, Ore.-based PPM Energy.

U of M COT’s wind turbine to blow through campus – professor wants to see wind energy in Montana

The Alternative Energy Technician/Engineer Program that Williamson has in mind would be offered at the COT in coordination with Montana Tech.

USDA Announces Agreement to Encourage Alternative Energy

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) http://www.nreca.org/ to identify and advance cost-effective, voluntary opportunities for rural…

New Mexico Customers Sweep Up Wind Energy

Three weeks after the ribbon cutting, a wind farm in New Mexico has signed up 780 residential and 18 commercial accounts, nearly reaching what it hoped to achieve in three months.

Tiny tubes squeeze electricity from water

An entirely new way of generating electricity has been discovered. The way it works is simple: squeeze water through fine pipelines and an electrical current flows. NewScientist.com news service If the output can be increased,…

Governor Martz to Work with Industry and Environmental Groups to Address Global Climate Change

Governor Judy Martz announced today that a Governor’s Carbon Sequestration Working Group comprised of industry, economic development groups, farm organizations, environmental and conservation interests has been formed to advance a voluntary market-based approach to sequester…