skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Air pollution linked to coal plants more deadly than previously thought; Israel-Hamas truce extends as aid reaches Gaza; high school seniors face big college application challenges.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

House Republicans differ on January 6th footage, Speaker Johnson says any Ukraine funding must include changes to border policy and former New Jersey Governor Christie says former President Trump is fueling anti-Semitism and hate.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Rural low income youth, especially boys, experience greater economic mobility than those in cities, a new government rule should help level the playing field for small poultry growers, and the Kansas Governor wants her state to expand Medicaid.

Montana's First "Green" LEED Platinum Building Turns 10

play audio
Play

Friday, June 24, 2016   

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The state's first trailblazing uber-green building -- the first to achieve LEED Platinum status -- is turning 10 and getting a new 24-kilowatt solar array to celebrate.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and Platinum is the highest certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. The so-called "Home on the Range" building in Billings now will generate all of its own electricity, making it 100 percent energy efficient.

Architect Ed Gulick said it started out as an old neighborhood grocery store.

"They remodeled that old building to a standard that used significantly less energy and water than new construction," he said, "and it became kind of a model for a lot of other projects."

The building houses the Western Organization of Resource Councils, Western Native Voice and the Northern Plains Resource Council, which Gulick formerly chaired. They are inviting the public to take a tour and watch them flip the switch on the new solar array at 10 a.m. Saturday at the site on South 27th Street in Billings.

Gulick said he thinks the Legislature should encourage distributed generation of power and smooth the path for more community solar projects.

"At a larger scale, making this possible for everyone would require some changes in our regulations," he said, "and that in turn would require a different business model for our utilities."

Northwestern Energy, the state's biggest utility, has resisted the move toward solar. In a blow to the solar industry last week, the Public Service Commission granted a request from Northwestern Energy to be allowed to cut the rate it pays mid-size solar generators for their power.

More information is online at northernplains.org.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Based on current environmental impacts, residents of Petersburg have a life expectancy 10 years lower than the national average, according to U.S. News & World Report. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a plan extending a natural-gas pipeline in Virginia. The Virginia Reliability Plan and Transcot's …


Social Issues

play sound

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when millions of Americans are expected to make charitable donations. But it can also be a field day for scammers…

Health and Wellness

play sound

Starting Friday, North Carolinians will have greater access to health care as the long-awaited Medicaid expansion is launched. Medicaid will …


Democrats' trust in the media has fallen 12 points over the past year, to 58%, and compares with 11% among Republicans and 29% among independents, according to Gallup. (Christian Schwier/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new project in Southern Arizona aims to support local reporting and enable greater access to local news and information. Earlier this month…

Social Issues

play sound

As the weather turns colder, two groups of people in one North Dakota city that are generations apart appear to be in good shape to navigate housing …

Social Issues

play sound

Illinois high school seniors have new hurdles to overcome to get to college. High school students are waiting several extra weeks to get their hands …

Environment

play sound

Clean-energy companies and supporters are calling on federal officials to prioritize the development of charging infrastructure for EV powered medium …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021