TwitterTwitterLinked InContact

NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Turbines on the Horizon

Turbines on the Horizon

Mar 21, 2017

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.

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.

A “Just Transition” for Fossil Fuel Workers

A “Just Transition” for Fossil Fuel Workers

Mar 14, 2017

The search for a jobs-positive shift to clean energy

Nearly 500 Wyoming coal miners were laid off last spring, and in the past two years roughly 5,400 oilfield workers lost their jobs in the state.

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.

Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture

Mar 7, 2017

Wyoming could lead the world toward a cleaner energy future

This December, five international research teams will converge at the outskirts of Gillette, Wyoming, to compete for a $7.5 million Carbon XPRIZE.

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.

The Landowner Must Yield

The Landowner Must Yield

Aug 23, 2016

A 100-year-old homestead act gives energy developers access to private lands

Just south of where the Little Snake River meanders along the Colorado-Wyoming border, silvery green sagebrush and mountain scrub grow above a fortune of hydrocarbons.

The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Aug 24, 2015

New research explores how critters fare in the oil and gas fields

Over the last 15 years, drilling has intensified in formerly remote wildlife habitats across the West.

Farming Sagebrush

Farming Sagebrush

Aug 17, 2015

Can fertilizer grow more deer on public lands?

Imagine the old green fertilizer spreader you haul out every spring to urge your tired lawn back to greenness, but much bigger and suspended from the bottom of a helicopter.

Life Among the Turbines

Life Among the Turbines

Aug 17, 2015

Researcher explores how grassland birds respond to wind farms

On the eastern Wyoming plains, the wind whips hard across tough little bunch grasses

Sage grouse shape development patterns in Wyoming

Sage grouse shape development patterns in Wyoming

Aug 10, 2015

This fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether the greater sage grouse merits endangered species protection, and Wyoming is holding its breath.

Wyoming Conservation Exchange

Wyoming Conservation Exchange

Dec 23, 2014

New Marketplace Will Reward Wyoming Ranchers for Conserving Sage Grouse Habitat

The Upper Green River Basin of Wyoming, at the headwaters of the Colorado River, is laced with clear running streams and fosters abundant habitat and some of the most robust greater sage grouse, mule deer, and pronghorn populations in the world.

Sagebrush Recovers at Oil and Gas Wells

Sagebrush Recovers at Oil and Gas Wells

Dec 23, 2014

Other Species Do Not

“The most important questions have to do with the long-term behavior of systems,” says Indy Burke, University of Wyoming ecologist. The system she’s talking about, in this case, is western landscapes.

Federal government fast tracks a Wyoming wind farm

Federal government fast tracks a Wyoming wind farm

Jan 6, 2014

Carbon County’s Chokecherry-Sierra Madre project will be the nation’s largest