121 Degrees in Phoenix, June 20, 2017
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1459) 5 months ago
I just noticed that it's 121 degrees fahrenheit in Phoenix at 5 p.m. (MDT) That's hot! A record!

https://www.bing.com/sear...164b1e03fa
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Posted by Garrett Stein (+26) 5 months ago
Living through it right now here in Phoenix, it's like stepping into a dry sauna.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1459) 5 months ago
I have a sister in Las Vegas, NV where yesterday it was 117 degrees. She and her husband described it as "2 degrees below hell" and not much fun!
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1459) 5 months ago
It wasn't much fun for those working at the airports either. Apparently, it affects both workers and aircraft performance -- "Aviations experts said hotter air was also thinner, causing a decline in performance for jet engines, especially during takeoffs." . . . .

"The heat can also create issues for ground crews, where pavement temperatures can reach more than 150 degrees F (66 C), life-threatening conditions if workers are exposed to it too long."

Read more at:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/...ailsignout
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1459) 5 months ago
In case you missed it, an interesting op-ed by Mark Reynolds, "Bipartisan Climate Caucus is a Step Toward Sanity in Politics" was published in the June 21, 2017 issue of the Miles City Star. I couldn't find an e-version on the Star's website, so here is a link to the op-ed printed in another newspaper, The Sun-Sentinel.

http://www.sun-sentinel.c...story.html
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-98) 5 months ago
Miles city is going have lows in the 50s. So things are just normal with high pressures and low pressures..humm
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-98) 4 months ago
https://morningconsult.com/2017/06/26/utilities-need-storage-keep-renewable-energy-growing/
Looks like solar and wind will not only raise consumers costs significantly, It can't stored for peak power demand hours. Seriously carbon fuels have a place in future generations.A little basic electricity 101, DC current doesn't go via transmission lines well without losses and converting. With our EAST and West states being primarily Libtards. Let's make sure the coastal states don't get their grubby hands on our multi-source generation of hydroelectric and carbon fuels.
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Posted by David Schott (+11216) 4 months ago
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United States Energy Information Administration
State Rankings: Total Net Electricity Generation, March 2017 (thousand MWh)


1 Texas 33,337
2 Florida 17,715
3 Pennsylvania 16,382
4 California 16,102
5 Illinois 14,712
6 Alabama 10,803
7 Washington 10,791
8 New York 10,613
9 North Carolina 10,475
10 Ohio 10,130
11 Georgia 9,450
12 Michigan 9,366
13 Indiana 8,036
14 Virginia 7,930
15 Louisiana 7,399
16 South Carolina 7,240
17 Arizona 7,172
18 Missouri 6,855
19 Tennessee 6,294
20 New Jersey 6,222
21 Oklahoma 5,755
22 Kentucky 5,714
23 West Virginia 5,636
24 Mississippi 5,515
25 Oregon 5,089
26 Minnesota 4,998
27 Wisconsin 4,767
28 Colorado 4,365
29 Iowa 4,273
30 Kansas 4,241
31 Arkansas 3,922
32 Wyoming 3,574
33 North Dakota 3,402
34 Massachusetts 3,182
35 New Mexico 2,978
36 Nebraska 2,943
37 Connecticut 2,932
38 Nevada 2,740
39 Maryland 2,592
40 Montana 2,333
41 Utah 2,223
42 Idaho 1,556
43 New Hampshire 1,448
44 South Dakota 1,162
45 Maine 1,039
46 Hawaii 830
47 Delaware 586
48 Alaska 459
49 Rhode Island 455
50 Vermont 192
51 District of Columbia 9
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+8534) 4 months ago
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The man from snowy plains wrote:
Looks like solar and wind will not only raise consumers costs significantly, It can't stored for peak power demand hours.

...

Watch this PBS NOVA documentary:


Unless, for some reason you don't want knowledge in your brain.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1459) 4 months ago
The following is some bad news about the MT Public Service Commission setting rates that will kill future small solar development projects in the state. I'm thinking that it will be challenged in court.


"Montana’s new terms for small solar projects might have been knowingly set to discourage development, based on a conversation caught last week on a hot mic.

Speaking with staff during a mid-session break, Public Service Commissioner Bob Lake acknowledged that cuts made that morning to rates and contracts offered to small renewable energy projects are likely deep enough to kill future development. By federal law, the commission’s actions were supposed to promote renewable energy.

At issue are the PSC’s actions last Thursday to reset the rates and contracts for qualifying renewable energy projects up to 3 megawatts in size. Each project is large enough to power several hundred homes. States are required to set a price and contract lengths to promote alternative energy resources under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA, which has been on the books since the energy crisis of the 1970s." . . . .

Read more at:

http://billingsgazette.co...0394e.html
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1459) 4 months ago
Here are a couple of articles about the solar boom in Africa.

"Power Brokers: Africa's solar boom is changing life beyond the grid" by Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, June 26, 2017

http://www.newyorker.com/...wer-africa


"Africa Goes off the Grid to Bring Power to Rural Villages: Half of Africa’s population lacks access to electricity, but microgrids powered by solar energy are lighting the way to energy independence" by Erica Gies, takepart.com

http://www.takepart.com/a...l-villages
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