Solar Energy

The West moves ever closer to a unified power grid
The West moves ever closer to a unified power grid
A unified grid would allow for easier sharing of wind and solar power.
Bankrupt bigly; coal’s demise; shoplifting job applicant
Bankrupt bigly; coal’s demise; shoplifting job applicant
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe goes solar
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe goes solar
An image of sovereignty in the Colorado high desert.
A critical solution to climate change is right here in the West
A critical solution to climate change is right here in the West
In pursuit of a ‘Green New Deal,’ don’t forget public lands.
Dollars and sense in the West’s power market
Dollars and sense in the West’s power market
An outgoing utilities commissioner discusses Montana’s changing energy landscape.
When a huge utility company pledges to go carbon free
When a huge utility company pledges to go carbon free
Xcel Energy says it wants to ‘step up and do more’ to reduce greenhouse gases.
Do climate policies have a negative effect on jobs?
Do climate policies have a negative effect on jobs?
Climate change will hurt the economy if not addressed, but evidence on how environmental regulations affect unemployment is mixed.
Latest: Trump’s BLM approves a massive California solar plant
Latest: Trump’s BLM approves a massive California solar plant
Opponents cite potential harm to desert wildlife, views and sand dunes.
In the West, climate action falters on the ballot
In the West, climate action falters on the ballot
While climate-focused candidates won key races in the region, ballot initiatives to limit fossil fuels’ effects failed.
A utility in coal country doubles down on renewables
A utility in coal country doubles down on renewables
‘You can politicize it all you want, but in the end economics is really what drives it.’
Citizens put renewable energy on this year’s ballots
Citizens put renewable energy on this year’s ballots
Across several states, voter-driven initiatives rein in oil-and-gas development while promoting wind and solar.
Arizona’s nuclear power caught in crossfire
Arizona’s nuclear power caught in crossfire
A renewable energy ballot measure could up the state’s reliance on cleaner energy.
Politics are behind a plan to prop up coal and nuclear
Politics are behind a plan to prop up coal and nuclear
Discussion of a ‘grid emergency’ ignores cheaper alternatives like solar and wind.
Solar energy deserves a place on public lands
Solar energy deserves a place on public lands
Prioritizing oil and gas over renewables ignores market forces and climate concerns.
How California is bringing solar energy to low-income renters
How California is bringing solar energy to low-income renters
An array on an infamous down-and-out building makes solar more equitable.
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
The decision imperils the balance between desert conservation and development.
The solar industry braces for impact after Trump tariffs
The solar industry braces for impact after Trump tariffs
Analysts say the import fees will increase costs and halt hiring in the industry.
Myths about rooftop solar are outshining the reality
Myths about rooftop solar are outshining the reality
Falsehoods about net metering have held it back in Western states.
Trump considers tariffs on solar industry
Trump considers tariffs on solar industry
Cheap solar panel imports damage domestic sales, and curbing them could drive prices up.
Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming’s economy?
Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming’s economy?
As companies experiment with ‘clean coal,’ cheaper and cleaner fuels are taking over.
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
The senator bucks his party on climate change, after years of silence.
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
Solar advocates win a surprising victory in Nevada.
One grid to rule them all
One grid to rule them all
And in the darkness, bind them: The West’s bid for one big electric grid.
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