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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Mar 7, 2017

Coal powers America. Or at least it has for the last sixty years. For most of the last century, anywhere from 45 to 55 percent of US electricity came from coal.

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.

Net-Zero Energy Homes in Wyoming

Net-Zero Energy Homes in Wyoming

Mar 28, 2017

The next frontier?

On an unseasonably warm day last October, Richard Fox pulled up to the construction site of his future home near Pavillion, Wyoming, in an old Toyota pickup.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Doing More with Less

Doing More with Less

Mar 28, 2017

How energy efficiency and conservation can decrease UW’s utility bills

Keeping the lights and heat on at the University of Wyoming is a challenge.

Net Metering

Net Metering

Mar 28, 2017

Net metering lets customers tie small-scale renewable energy systems such as solar panels into the grid to offset their energy bills.

Community Solar

Community Solar

Mar 28, 2017

Community solar—sometimes referred to as a solar garden or virtual net metering—is when several households, businesses, or other entities invest together in a solar installation and share the electricity it produces.

Downsized

Downsized

Mar 28, 2017

Saving Energy by Living Small

Before Macy Miller moved into her 232-square-foot tiny home in Boise, Idaho

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.

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.

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

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.