Conflicting viewpoints were abound at the Global New Energy Summit in Colorado Springs last week. In the face of America’s oil dependency, some still advocate we drill our way out of the problem, while others suggest a lesser reliance on oil.
Dr. Sally Benson, director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University, argues that a techno-agnostic renewable energy standard is key to launching carbon capture and sequestration efforts in Wyoming and the rest of the nation.
Many residents of the towns of Hanna and Medicine Bow foresee a time when there will be too few people and too thin of an economy to keep going their towns going. To them, the proposal by DKRW Advanced Fuels to build a coal-to-gasoline plant offers salvation.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir has capacity to hold 3.5 million acre-feet altogether. That’s a big bucket, exceeded in the Colorado River Basin by only two others: Lake Mead, near Las Vegas, and that giant sandstone bowl of splish-splash in Utah called …
Scores of new coal-fired power plants that were being planned across the nation six or seven years ago have mostly been shelved. Last year alone, utilities and power-generating companies dropped plans to build 38 coal plants, according to the Sierra Club, while announcing they would retire 48 aging, inefficient ones. Stepping into the void is natural gas and renewables. Utilities have also more aggressively embraced demand-side management strategies to bend down the growth curve.