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  • The fading Arizona town of Gila Bend bets big on solar

    The fading Arizona town of Gila Bend bets big on solar

    At last -- a place to put utility scale plants that won't ruin the desert. But will politics and the economy get in the way?

  • Can solar produce long-lasting jobs?

    Can solar produce long-lasting jobs?

    Constructing solar energy plants provides well-paying jobs, but most of the work is only temporary.

  • Solar spree

    Solar spree

    New solar energy projects are coming to California and Nevada.

  • Counties take steps to build a new energy economy

    Counties take steps to build a new energy economy

    Three forward-looking Colorado counties are helping homeowners obtain loans for greater energy efficiency.

  • For the love of wastelands

    For the love of wastelands

    Is it possible to develop large-scale solar projects and transmission lines without sacrificing the West’s wide-open landscapes and deserts?

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    Environmentalists are arguing passionately over large-scale solar development on California's Mojave Desert.

  • INNOVATE, Part I

    INNOVATE, Part I

    Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, as this special issue of HCN shows.

  • Renewable law leaves the gate

    The Colorado Public Utilities Commission finally releases rules for implementing Amendment 37, the state’s renewable standards law

  • The Winds of Change

    Colorado citizens voted last November to increase their state’s reliance on power from the wind and sun, but King Coal still rules the state, and the White House seems determined to keep it on the throne

  • Where do we go from here? Taking the West Forward

    HCN lays out the West's 10 most critical issues and the paths toward positive results on everything from energy development and drought to federal agency practices and endangered species.

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