Thursday, June 5, 2014

Focusing on the Montana Renewables Abilities

Guest opinion: New thinking needed to solve energy problems
May 28, 2014 - Albert Einstein said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, has indicated his state wants to transition away from fossil fuels toward clean and renewable fuels. For some Montanans, this signals a further decline in a historic industry because Montana supplies some of the electricity for Washington from coal-fired power plants.

Instead of fighting it, we should accept it and capitalize on it.

For many Montanans, this means new opportunity because of our vast wind and solar potential. According to a 2009 Harvard study, Montana’s wind resource potential is the nation's second best, and has a potential capacity that is 370 times greater than Montana’s current total retail electricity sales. With this extraordinary wind resource, Montana could transition from coal to wind for the current Pacific Northwest states' demand and have more than enough megawatts to spare. read more>>>

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