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Never mind FERC, we are building the grid of the future

“As feds focus on baseload, grid modernization is sweeping the country” according to Herman Trabish’s feature story in today’s Utility Dive. “Fifty States of Grid Modernization,” a 2017 policy update from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center reports on a … Continue reading

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Dr. Keeling’s Curve

George Shea published a video of his play (1 hour, 17 mins), Dr. Keeling’s Curve,  on YouTube in February 2017.   Based at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Dr. Keeling measured carbon dioxide levels around the earth, starting in 1958.  In … Continue reading

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Social cost of carbon used by States in energy decisions

According to Peter Fairley, August 14, 2017, in Inside Climate News,                   “The climate metric, maligned by the Trump administration, helps build the cost of future climate harms into state electricity plans and … Continue reading

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Reliability of the grid

The National Academies Press  just published “Enhancing the resilience of the nation’s electricity system.” Electric power transmission and distribution reliability are critical to our “safety, productivity, comfort, and convenience.”  The electric power system has vulnerabilities that we would do well to … Continue reading

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Clean, dynamic, and distributed

The headline of a June 26, 2017 article in Bloomberg New Energy Finance  “Energy to 2040: Faster shift to clean, dynamic, distributed.” Seth Henbest’s analysis of the BNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2017 summarizes the “changing economics of energy generation” with these … Continue reading

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Top economists on carbon price and decarbonization

An article from June 12 in Inside Climate News, says that “top economists,” led by Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, report that the current average low price on carbon (less than $10 a ton) worldwide, will not achieve the transition to low … Continue reading

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Dogs at the Zoo and the Universe too!

We enjoyed more than a hundred enthusiastic visitors at our “History of the Universe” table on April 22 at the Rally for Science ZooMT ! Citizens’ Climate Education (Billings) and Eco-Angela (a program of Angela’s Piazza in Billings) volunteers presented two activities:  a puppet … Continue reading

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