Friday, March 17, 2017

Solar bloom

Tighter water supplies force utilities to get creative



Christian Science Monitor

Across the West, utilities and federal officials are planning for a future with less of a mainstay energy source ​— hydropower — to draw on, as climate change alters patterns of rain and snow. Utilities such as Nevada's Lincoln County Power District are increasingly supplementing their hydropower with renewable electricity. While this winter has seen big snows or rain in many parts of the West, that doesn’t shift the long-term outlook for tighter water supplies.


Dakota pipeline opponents fail to halt project


On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington rejected a Native American tribe’s request to put the Dakota Access pipeline project on pause while it asks an appeals court to block it. Last week, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said the tribe waited too long to argue that the conduit threatened to make lake water impure and unsuitable for their religious practices.


Engineers give infrastructure a near-failing grade


America's infrastructure is close to failing. That's the assessment of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which has released its 2017 infrastructure report card, giving the nation's overall infrastructure a grade of D+. Since 1998, grades have been near failing and averaging only D's, due to "delayed maintenance" and "under investment across most categories." ► STATE-BY-STATE GRADES