Wind Energy

Coal’s big breakdown
Coal’s big breakdown
A half-century ago, the ‘Big Buildup’ transformed the West; now, it’s all coming to an end.
New wind projects power local budgets in Wyoming
New wind projects power local budgets in Wyoming
As the pandemic hit the fossil fuel industry, renewable energy projects filled community coffers.
Local climate efforts cut costs and carbon in Wyoming
Local climate efforts cut costs and carbon in Wyoming
As the state doubles down on fossil fuels, towns chart their own path.
The job loss epidemic
The job loss epidemic
COVID-19 impacts ripple through every sector of the economy.
A fossil-fueled town fights back
A fossil-fueled town fights back
As coal continues to fade, Pueblo, Colorado, looks to renewables for a new economy.
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
The new rule would legalize the unintentional killing of birds by energy companies and other industries.
Is renewable energy’s future dammed?
Is renewable energy’s future dammed?
A proposed hydroelectric project on the Little Colorado River shows the tricky trade-offs in transitioning from fossil fuels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
The rollback prompts broad opposition from former officials from both political parties.
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.
A New Mexico electricity co-op declares its independence
A New Mexico electricity co-op declares its independence
A co-op leaves its power provider, whose reliance on coal kept prices too high.
What’s really killing King Coal?
What’s really killing King Coal?
Rick Perry wants to save coal from solar and wind, but natural gas is the real culprit.
5 reasons to be optimistic about climate change
5 reasons to be optimistic about climate change
Recent accomplishments have paved a way forward for environmental progress.
Wyoming needs to stop stalling wind power
Wyoming needs to stop stalling wind power
What’s at stake with the Republican push to tax renewable energy companies
See wind power’s eerie beauty
See wind power’s eerie beauty
A new exhibit, Harnessing the Wind, looks at Western landscapes now marked by wind turbines.
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.
Wyoming considers raising an already unique wind tax
Wyoming considers raising an already unique wind tax
Legislators say wind needs to pay its fair share, but critics fear a higher tax could drive energy—and revenue—away.
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