Category: Clean Energy

PRESS RELEASE: Montana’s Energy Future Summit set for October 1

Virtual event to focus on opportunities, challenges in providing clean, affordable power across the state FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 2, 2021 BILLINGS, Mont. – Northern Plains Resource Council is hosting Montana’s Energy Future Summit on October 1. The daylong, virtual event will feature expert speakers from across the country and Montana. Issues to be explored at the […]

Press Release: PSC rejects NorthWestern Energy proposal to penalize Montana solar customers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2019 HELENA, Mont – In a much anticipated decision on Monday, the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously to reject a proposal from NorthWestern Energy attempting to place unfair, punitive charges on Montana’s residential solar customers. The decision comes as a part of the 2019 Rate Case filed last […]


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Press Release: Grassroots awareness campaign nears victory for permanent protection of Paradise Valley, Yellowstone River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2018 Northern Plains Resource Council successfully pressures Montana congressional delegation to pass Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act Billings, MT – The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, drafted by Senator Jon Tester, was passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today after a House version introduced by Representative Greg Gianforte passed out of the […]


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Sudden droughts, wildfires are vision of Montana’s future, says state climatologist – Yellowstone Public Radio, Aug. 15, 2017

By Nate Hegyi A smoke-filled August sky is nothing new for Montanans, but this summer seems particularly bad. And now a state climatologist is saying people here better get used to it — wildfires and sudden droughts could be the new normal. If you’re wondering what climate change will look like in Montana, state climatologist […]


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Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

This blog ran as the Chair’s Column in the Summer 2017 Plains Truth, the voice of the Northern Plains Resource council. The drought in eastern Montana this summer reminds us, yet again, that ranchers and farmers depend on clean, reliable water sources for their livelihoods. This summer, I’ve visited with producers in Dawson, Garfield, Fergus, […]

Report: Carbon capture and sequestration expensive, inefficient, unreliable – June 20, 2017

BILLINGS – Today, the Western Organization of Resource Councils released a report criticizing federal and state policies that subsidize and support the expansion of carbon capture and sequestration technology (CCS). CCS technology is expensive, inefficient, dirty and unreliable; by contrast, renewable energy is cleaner, cheaper and faster to deploy, according to the report, titled Too […]


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Letter: Embrace clean energy – Billings Gazette, June 18, 2017

From record wildfires to drought to intense storms, we can’t ignore the increasingly severe effects that climate change is causing for Montana and the world. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to address this problem. What kind of people are we if we just dump it in their laps? The pollution that puts […]

Letter: Trump climate decision ‘against medical advice’ – Billings Gazette, June 18, 2017

President Donald Trump has chosen to leave the Paris Climate Accord AMA — against medical advice. AMA is the term used when a person leaves a health care setting despite the recommendations of the providers, putting themselves at risk of worsening their condition. Not only is Trump’s action against the advice of physicians, but also scientists, […]


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