Op-Ed: Montana Is Blessed With Vast Renewable Energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jeff L. Fox for the Billings Gazette:The Bozeman Daily Chronicle recently editorialized that it’s “Time Montana realized coal’s limitations.” Similarly, The Billings Gazette recently ran editorials claiming that “Montana can’t stake its future on coal,” and Montana’s economy and energy sector must “Diversify or die, it’s our choice.”The editorials ran in response to the state’s grappling with the reality of a shrinking coal sector. Both editorial boards correctly identified that the challenges facing Montana’s coal sector extend far beyond the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” carbon regulations. Both also correctly identified that Montana’s economy is diverse, and that further diversification will help us shrug off any coming coal losses. However, neither fully captured the opportunity that renewable energy development can play in building a brighter future for Montana.Montana is blessed with one of the best wind resources in the United States, which can help power our state and large portions of the economies of Washington, Oregon and California, just like Montana’s coal currently does. Additionally, our solar energy resource is more than adequate to meet a sizable portion of our own in-state demand, if we get serious about utilizing it.People who want to invest in and help build Montana’s renewable energy future are already here, ready to bring forward the clean energy that is in demand. Reviewing the interconnection requests on NorthWestern Energy’s system reveals every utility-scale electric energy project being actively developed (more than 50 in total on NorthWestern Energy’s system) is either a wind or solar energy project. Not every project currently being developed is likely to be successful, but the fact that all are renewable is an indicator of where we are going and where we should focus our efforts.Tallying up proposed wind projects statewide reveals there are more than 2,000 megawatts of wind energy being actively developed right now in Montana. If built, 2,000 megawatts of installed wind energy would probably represent something like $3 billion in capital investment, more than 11,000 construction job years, and more than 500 permanent jobs, based on the “Employment Effects of Clean Energy Investments in Montana” report authored by energy consulting firm Synapse Energy.Two thousand megawatts is a good starting point, but we have nearly limitless low-cost wind potential in Montana that can complement the renewable resources in neighboring states. How much wind resource we develop is really up to us, but commitment to even a modest goal could provide significant economic impact to help with our energy transition.Matching coal’s economic footprint would provide support for Montana’s rural communities, pumping tax dollars, local spending, landowner payments and, most important, jobs into small towns, without disrupting their character. A wind project in every county would help keep small town schools — the lifeblood of rural Montana communities —in good health.Meanwhile, Montana is seeing our first utility-scale solar projects being developed and community solar projects taking off with rural electric cooperatives leading the way. The rooftop solar market is experiencing sustained double-digit growth in Montana and today there are already more than 50 main street Montana-based businesses involved in selling, installing and connecting rooftop solar energy systems.Finally, large pumped hydroenergy storage projects proposed for Montana could further increase the value of wind and solar energy potential.The transition to cleaner energy is happening all across the country. It can happen here, too.Nationwide the solar industry already employs more workers than the entirety of the coal industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects wind energy technicians to be the fastest growing occupation in the nation through 2024.None of this is to suggest the challenges facing coal communities aren’t real and potentially painful. Together, we all must ensure that utilities, mine operators, and politicians do right by the workers if those jobs disappear or are phased out. But, Montana also has enormous benefits to realize in the clean energy transition, if we are open to seizing the opportunities.Guest opinion: Renewables can diversify Montana’s energy economy
Share LocalNews A Laudat man fined $3500 for possession of Cannabis and possession with intent to supply Cannabis by: – August 25, 2011 Tweet Share Maxim Raffoul. Photo credit: FacebookMaxim Raffoul of Laudat, Abraham Wilks of St. Kitts and Wilanda Luke of St. Joseph were this morning jointly charged on charges of possession of Cannabis and possession of Cannabis with the intent to supply, at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau.The Defendant Maxim Raffoul pleaded guilty to all three charges while the others; Abraham Wilks and Wilanda Luke, pleaded not guilty.According to the facts of the case presented to the Court by the Police Prosecutor Corporal Innocent Toussaint, Sergeant B of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force executed a search warrant at the residence of thirty-two year old Maxim Raffoul in Laudat at 5:30am on the 24th of August, in which a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be Cannabis was found on the table in the dining room, two branches of what also appeared to be Cannabis hanging in a closet in the bedroom, and another clear plastic container with what appeared to be Cannabis on the refrigerator. The Defendant was questioned regarding the contents of the search warrant and informed the police that it was Cannabis which belonged to him. The evidence and the three accused were taken to the Police Headquarters in Roseau.Defense Counsel Kondwani Williams in making a plea in mitigation for the defendant informed the Court that his client is a businessman who is otherwise a very productive member of society. He conducts an agricultural farm, is in the entertainment business and found himself in very unfortunate circumstances.Mr. Williams also described the Defendant as someone who is productive and creates employment for other people.He further requested that the Court temper justice with mercy as the Defendant indicated to the police officer where the alleged drugs was located, and that he also had time to reflect and reconsider his actions.Magistrate Evelina Baptiste sentenced Mr Raffoul to pay the sum of $2500.00 to be paid by January 31st, 2012 or in default face six months imprisonment. On the charge of Cannabis with the intent to supply, and $1000.00 to be paid by January 31st, 2012 or in default face four months imprisonment on the charge of possession of Cannabis. Both sentences are to run concurrently.Prosecutor Toussaint did not present any evidence against Abraham Wilks and Wilanda Luke, therefore Magistrate Baptiste informed them that the matters which were filed against them has been dismissed for want of prosecution.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 251 Views 2 comments
(REUTERS) – Two of Brazil’s top soccer clubs, Botafogo and Fluminense, said yesterday they would defy an order from their federation to resume playing competitively this week, as the country’s daily coronavirus death toll hovers around 1 000.The Rio de Janeiro state football federation proposed that the state championship, one of several state-wide tournaments that take place in Brazil before the national leagues begin in the second half of the year, restart on June 18, pending state government approval.Botafogo president Nelson Mufarrej called the ruling “disconnected from reality”, and both clubs said they planned legal action on health and safety grounds to avoid having to resume playing so soon.“Unfortunately, the majority of clubs understand that this is the time to play games again, in spite of the chaotic scenes we’re living through right now,” Mufarrej said in a statement. “We’re against it.”Brazil’s documented deaths from the pandemic stand at just below 44 000, more than any country in the world except the United States, and that toll has been rising by around 1 000 per day for the past week.City rival Fluminense’s chairman Mario Bittencourt said his players, inactive since action was halted in mid-March, were also not ready to play competitively again.“The pandemic persists,” Bittencourt said. “The dates set for our games (22nd and 24th) are unacceptable from the point of view of the health of our players and we won’t be taking the field, and we will look to take action in the sporting court to do what is right.”Botafogo and Fluminense have been asked to play in the first round of rescheduled games. All four of the state’s top teams, which also include Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, are down to play a game between June 18 and 22.