Solar Energy

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.
In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle?
In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle?
Lea County tries a different formula for rural success.
Water tank sonics, a wolf in dogs’ clothes and a sad moose tale
Water tank sonics, a wolf in dogs’ clothes and a sad moose tale
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Will a bigger energy grid make way for renewables?
Will a bigger energy grid make way for renewables?
Utilities are embracing California’s bid to expand its grid, but states aren’t so sure.
 Are Hillary Clinton’s clean energy goals achievable?
Are Hillary Clinton’s clean energy goals achievable?
Before clinching the nomination, she outlined her ambitions for public lands and renewables.
Latest: New wind farm releases plan to mitigate bird deaths
Latest: New wind farm releases plan to mitigate bird deaths
Renewable energy installations can cause thousands of bird deaths but have been slow to respond.
Solar gardens grow slowly out West
Solar gardens grow slowly out West
Legislative barriers to more widespread community solar remain, although some states are taking action.
Are Clean Power Plan targets out of reach for Western states?
Are Clean Power Plan targets out of reach for Western states?
Experts say emissions targets are attainable, but uncertainty over how to get there remains.
Nevada decision guts the state’s thriving solar industry
Nevada decision guts the state’s thriving solar industry
Electric utility pushed effort to sour economics of rooftop solar.
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is intended to guide energy development, while protecting wildlife and recreation.
Green energy’s dirty secret
Green energy’s dirty secret
Industrial solar and wind endanger wildlife but are getting more support than ever.
Obama slashes greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
Obama slashes greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
The EPA’s historic Clean Power Plan makes a big push for renewables.
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Natural gas, wind and solar fill some of the hydropower deficit in California.
Renewable energy on tribal lands stalls out
Renewable energy on tribal lands stalls out
Is the Bureau of Indian Affairs delaying wind and solar projects?
BLM advances solar project that will harm bighorn sheep
BLM advances solar project that will harm bighorn sheep
The Bechtel Corporation’s Soda Mountain solar farm will undo decades of conservation in California.
Tesla's new home battery: energy revolution or pure hype?
Tesla's new home battery: energy revolution or pure hype?
Powerwall aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid.
A rural utility bucks against its power supplier
A rural utility bucks against its power supplier
In a coal-producing region, this western Colorado co-op fights for renewables.
States give Senate an earful on EPA greenhouse gas plan
States give Senate an earful on EPA greenhouse gas plan
Wyoming critiques federal coal plant cleanup at Senate hearing.
Community solar comes of age in the West
Community solar comes of age in the West
A neighborhood solar experiment in Washington gains traction in other states.
Regulators dampen hopes for tribal solar project
Regulators dampen hopes for tribal solar project
The Moapa Solar Energy Center would have provided 175 megawatts to Nevada's largest utility.
Shards of hope in the Mojave
Shards of hope in the Mojave
Review of “29” by Mary Sojourner.
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