Renewable Energy

The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
Western grid operators can now buy backup power on a real-time, open market to smooth intermittent renewables.
From the Tipi to the Tesla
From the Tipi to the Tesla
Activist Winona LaDuke on environmental justice and foregoing unclean technology.
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
But will California's platforms stay in the ocean once the oil runs out?
Golden State gets a green power surge
Under a new law, California's three investor-owned utilities must buy 20 percent of their power from alternative energy sources such as wind and solar.
Cows to heat homes
In Oregon's Willamette Valley, electricity for 65 homes will be produced from "bio-gas" from the manure of 400 Holstein cows.
Blackfeet bet on wind
Montana's Blackfeet Indians plan to build the first large-scale wind-energy project on tribal land.
Green power threatens the Black Rock
Some critics say a proposed geothermal power plant threatens the newly designated Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in northwestern Nevada.
Wind power spins into the energy mainstream
The largest wind farm in the world is being constructed on the Oregon-Washington border near Walla Walla, Washington.
Arizona adds sunshine
Electricity providers in Arizona will have to increase the amount of renewable energy resources that they use.
Nuns get a windfall
In Richardton, N.D., the nuns of Sacred Heart Monastery have installed two 100-ft. windmills.
A fresh breeze hits Western utilities
Wind power is getting a second wind, especially on the "wind farms" of Wyoming.
Trading up to salmon power
The Emerald People's Utility District near Eugene, Ore., plans to provide "green power" to its customers, encouraging energy production that doesn't harm air quality or salmon.
Solar power is booming
The Worldwatch Institute's report shows that solar power's growth rate is up.