Category: Northern Plains Resource Council

New York plant offered as model for transition after coal plants shut down – Public News Service, Nov. 14. 2016

November 14, 2016
Play Audio in Browser Window By Eric Tegethoff Public News Service Nov. 14, 2016 BILLINGS, Mont. – Although the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan is up in the air now that Donald Trump has been elected president, at least part of Colstrip's coal-fired power plant is still likely to close by 2022. Peter DeJesus, field coordinator for Western New York Area Labor Federation, saw a similar transition in his western New York town of Tonawanda when the NRG Energy-owned Huntley coal...
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Press release: Cattle grazing a necessary part of ecosystem, says keynoter for Northern Plains Annual Meeting

November 4, 2016
Northern Plains Resource Council Annual Meeting Nov. 18-19 1 - 8 p.m. (Nov. 18) 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Nov. 19) Northern Hotel 19 N. Broadway, Billings Despite popular myths, grazing cattle is a necessary part of maintaining the ecosystem, according to Nicolette Hahn Niman, the keynote speaker for the Northern Plains Resource Council’s 45th Annual Meeting Nov. 18-19 in downtown Billings. “Overall, we must maintain...
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Letter: Drilling rule is essential for neighbors – Billings Gazette, Oct. 30, 2016

November 1, 2016
A proposal to provide advance notification of oil and gas drilling proposals to neighbors is being discussed by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation. For over two years, the board has been considering Montanans requests to provide valuable protections and basic information for landowners in oil and gas development areas. This new rule would give those who live within a quarter mile of a proposed well the information they need to voice their concerns before a permit is...
Categories: Landowner Rights, News, Oil and gas


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Group delivers petitions to Zinke over ‘scary’ trade deal – Oct. 31, 2016

October 31, 2016
Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. --  Twenty-three citizens in Halloween costumes ranging from a zombie ballerina to Sully, the monster from the movie Monsters Inc., delivered a petition with hundreds of signatures today to U.S. House Rep. Ryan Zinke’s office in downtown Billings. Their message? The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is SCARY! The 6,000-plus pages of the trade deal, which encompasses 40% of the world’s economy as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), contains provisions to allow foreign corporations...
Categories: Agriculture, Congress, News, Northern Plains Resource Council


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TPP is ‘Scary! ’ Northern Plains members to present petition on Halloween

October 28, 2016
Monday, October 31 1:00-1:25 p.m. Rep. Zinke’s Office (222 N 32nd Street) Billings Several members of Northern Plains Resource Council will be in full costume on Halloween Day while delivering a petition to Rep. Ryan Zinke urging him to vote “no” when the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is presented to Congress. There isn’t much scarier than a 6,000-plus-page trade deal brokered by multinational corporations behind closed doors. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would diminish our national sovereignty and shackle democracy for the sake of giving corporations legal...
Categories: Agriculture, Congress, News, Northern Plains Resource Council


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Defender of cattle ranching to keynote Northern Plains’ 45th Annual Meeting

October 27, 2016
Northern Plains Resource Council Annual Meeting Nov. 18-19 Noon - 8 p.m. (Nov. 18) 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Nov. 19) Northern Hotel Billings The public is invited to attend the 45th Annual Meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council Nov. 18-19 at the Northern Hotel in downtown Billings. Sessions will cover a wide range of issues, meals will feature local foods, and there will be entertainment and a silent auction. Nicolette Hahn Niman at Niman Ranch in Bolinas, California. (photo...
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Letter: Energy efficiency can meet needs – Billings Gazette, Oct. 18, 2016

October 18, 2016
I was shocked to read the front-page Billings Gazette article on Oct. 11, about NorthWestern Energy’s plans to build 500 to 600 megawatts of natural gas power plants starting in 2019. Unfortunately, NorthWestern Energy continues to overlook the cleanest, cheapest, and fastest way to meet Montana’s energy needs — energy efficiency. The least costly power is power we don’t use. Smart utilities enact robust energy efficiency programs to help their customers make needed upgrades — reducing customers’ expensive peak usage. NWE,...
Categories: Clean Energy, Letters, News


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Urban Frontier House tours on Saturday – Billings Gazette – Oct. 14, 2016

October 13, 2016
Enjoy section A tour of a revolutionary new home in downtown Billings that is passive solar with net-zero energy use is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Urban Frontier House has no mechanical heating or cooling system, no gas utility, no city water, sewer service, well, nor septic system, and soon no tie to the electrical grid. Tour goers...
Categories: Clean Energy, Events, News, Northern Plains Resource Council


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Guest opinion: Montana Legislature should enable PACE loans – Helena Independent Record, Oct. 2, 2016

October 13, 2016
An innovative and rapidly growing method of enabling homeowners and businesses to finance clean energy and energy efficiency upgrades could soon be a possibility in communities across the state of Montana, provided the 2017 Montana Legislature passes legislation to enable it. The innovation, called PACE loans, helps to remove the substantial upfront investment required to pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to homes and businesses. These upgrades can include adding more efficient insulation or installing a solar...
Categories: Clean Energy, Legislature, News


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Why a Soil Summit? Come to Billings Oct. 15 and find out

October 7, 2016
Let me guess, you are an eater. But do you know who grows your food? I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly frustrated by the system that brings food to our plates, while squeezing the producers from the top, and fooling the consumers at the bottom. And I am ready to work to change it from the grass roots. Are you with me? Starting from the ground up, we are ready to talk about change in our food system. Come...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Events, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Uncategorized


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Billings, Montana 59101
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