Our Energy Intern/Office Manager, Nick Bowman, recently gave this short talk for one of his classes at UM. We thought it made for an interesting blog post which has some talking points about renewable energy you might not have heard or might find interesting or useful:
Montana, with its huge potential for renewable energy, could do more to use its resources to help strengthen the economy.
Montana is currently ranked 22nd in the nation for the amount of renewable energy produced, yet has enough available resources to become 3rd in the nation if properly developed and invested.
Montana potential for wind is due to its topography. High mountains combined with spacious plains are perfect for developing wind farms. Wind Energy alone has enough power to produce 370 times the amount of electricity used by the state. Here is a great potential for economic growth.
In places where buildings are a barrier, as they decrease the amount of wind which can be harvested, we could use solar power to create renewable energy gains. We need to increase the monetary incentives for solar installation, particularly in light of the cancelation of energy grants by Northwestern Energy.
Montana is also one of 13 states which can produce energy from geothermal hot spots. The technology of geothermal is constantly improving and needs to be developed in order for this technology to be effective without compromising the environment.
Yet with all this in mind Montanas still spend 4.7 billion dollars to produce fossil fuels every year.
Increased implementation of green energy is only possible through the contribution of the average American who wants to better this great nation. Political activism, alternative energy advocacy and service are among the few ways which people can contribute to helping renewable energy succeed in this struggling economy. I would recommend that, if nothing else, each and every person reminds their representatives that they support sustainable energy.
Let’s make a difference.