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Diego Rivas
Energy efficiency advocate
Motivating Issue

Energy efficiency and conservation. This is not a “left” or “right” issue. It benefits everyone.

Why I Belong To MEIC

MEIC’s stand against coal, and its role in climate change. They take an uncompromised stance, and someone has to do it.

What I Want To Pass On

I hope we see the light on putting some restraint on what we do. We shouldn’t do things just because we can. We need to change that mindset.

Member since 2009
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Trump killing the Clean Power Plan does little for Montana coal energy

Posted on October 11th, 2017

Colstrip’s Future Still Uncertain After End Of Clean Power Plan

Posted on October 10th, 2017

What’s Next for the Smith River Mine?

by Derf Johnson

In July 2017, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declared Tintina Resources’ application for its proposed Black Butte mine on a tributary of the Smith River to be complete. But don’t despair or lose hope.

This recent action is only one step in a long process, and it does not mean that Tintina’s application has been approved. What it does mean is that DEQ believes that it has received all of the information required in order for it to make a decision about the mine’s permit. This step is loosely comparable to turning in your homework but not yet knowing what your grade will be.

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Posted on October 2nd, 2017

The Beginning of the End for the Colstrip Plant

by Anne Hedges, September 19, 2017

The Colstrip plant will only be “useful” until 2027. That’s according to an agreement filed last week in the Puget Sound Energy (Puget) rate case in Washington. In the agreement, the parties agreed that the Colstrip plant only had 10 years remaining of useful life for Puget. In the utility world, that’s a big deal.  The Washington utilities commission will ultimately decide whether to accept the agreement, but the agreement spells the beginning of the end for the plant.

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Posted on September 18th, 2017