Renewable Energy

Alaska’s energy labs
Alaska’s energy labs
Hybrid technologies help distribute power in isolated communities.
The linchpin to a national supergrid
The linchpin to a national supergrid
Clovis, New Mexico, may link three grids and become a renewable energy hub.
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.
Healthy energy on public lands
A new report by the BLM and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory details the opportunities for renewable energy development on Western public lands
Wind power in the West gains speed
Colorado writer Alex Merkels talks about the revolution in wind power now sweeping over the West.
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.