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To Mine Or Not To Mine? Is That The Question?

A sign hanging at the "Stop New Energy Taxes" rally.

As part of a series of listening sessions held across the country, representatives from the Bureau of Land Management recently came to Gillette, Wyo., to meet with residents about the agency's federal coal program. The meeting quickly turned into an impassioned discussion about the future of the coal industry. Janice Schneider, with the Department of the Interior, said the agency was looking for comments on “how the Bureau of Land Management can best manage its coal resources." The other issue was whether or not the BLM should charge coal companies higher royalties for coal mined on federal land. Independent studies have found that coal companies may not be charged enough for federal coal. Continue Reading →

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Military Marches Forward With Microgrids

North of Greeley, CO near the border of WY. Nearby the future site of the Niobrara Energy Park, The developer calls it "the world's largest planned microgrid."

The aging United States electricity grid is facing an increasing number of threats, ranging from severe weather events to solar flares to cyber terrorism. It’s something the U.S. military is taking seriously, helping lead the way in the development of smaller and more secure grids – known as microgrids. Continue Reading →

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On Denmark’s Road To Renewable Power

Jesper Rasmussen shows a map of power flow through Denmark inside the control room for Denmark's transmission grid.

Renewable energy seems to be taking off in the US, but there are serious challenges—both technological and social—that come along with adding more solar and wind to the grid. Denmark has faced similar challenges as it has transitioned from almost no renewables in the mid-90s to almost half of its power supply today. Continue Reading →

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On A Tiny Danish Island: Making Electricity Demand Meet Supply

Rønne is the largest city on the Danish island of Bornholm, a popular tourist destination that is also testing some innovative energy solutions.

Denmark gets some 40 percent of its power from wind energy, but it’s aiming for even more—going fully renewable by 2030. In order to do that, it’s going to have to shake up the traditional relationship between electricity supply and demand, and the country is looking to a tiny island in the middle of the Baltic Sea for guidance.
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