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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Turbines on the Horizon

Turbines on the Horizon

How the western grid could unleash Wyoming wind energy, for better or worse

California and Wyoming make strange bedfellows, but when it comes to sharing electricity, the two states have been flirting.

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The Most Complicated Machine Ever Built

The Most Complicated Machine Ever Built

Mar 21, 2017

How to modernize the power grid

Renewable energy is on the rise in the western United States, and the world.

Wyoming’s Wind Tax

Wyoming’s Wind Tax

Mar 21, 2017

Wyoming’s strong, predictable, consistent winds are a world-class resource. Ranchers and farmers have harnessed the wind to pump water since Wyoming was first settled, and small-scale commercial wind projects started in the 1970s.

Renewable Portfolio Standards

Renewable Portfolio Standards

Mar 21, 2017

Several states have implemented Renewable Portfolio Standards in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.

Energy Transition

Energy Transition

Mar 14, 2017

Our world needs more energy and less CO2

The world needs more energy. More than 1.4 billion people live without access to electricity.

Small-Scale Hydropower

Small-Scale Hydropower

Mar 14, 2017

Wyoming’s streams and irrigation ditches are an untapped clean energy source

“If we disconnected that 14-inch pipe and pointed it upward, the water would blast nearly 600 feet into the air,” says Les Hook

Case of the Missing Otters

Case of the Missing Otters

Mar 14, 2017

UW researchers search for answers in the Green River Basin

Brady Godwin was on the lookout for river otters.

Amphibious Citizen Scientists

Amphibious Citizen Scientists

Mar 14, 2017

Wildlife managers turn to volunteers for help collecting hard-to-get data

I swished my dipnet through water and vegetation at the edge of the beaver pond, creating swirls of mud that obscured the bottom.

Energy in the West

Energy in the West

Mar 7, 2017

Over the last quarter century, the western states’ energy portfolio has shifted. Coal used to produce far and away the largest share of electricity, but recent advances in hydraulic fracturing and demand for low-carbon fuel have bumped natural gas to first place.

Scenarios Planning

Scenarios Planning

Mar 7, 2017

An oil major considers possible futures to prepare for a changing world

Royal Dutch Shell’s primary business is the discovery, extraction, refinement, transportation, marketing, and selling of oil.

The Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan

Mar 7, 2017

When Congress failed to enact legislation to address climate change, President Obama vowed to take action himself. “No challenge poses a greater threat to our children, our planet, and future generations,” he said.