The state’s dependence on oil and gas revenue is cited as an argument for both continuing to prop up the industry and diversifying with wind and solar.
In a surprise announcement last Thursday, NRG said it would close its Waukegan and Romeoville coal plants, but the community impacts are unclear as “just transition” provisions remain held up in state energy bill negotiations.
Natural gas produced as a byproduct in Bakken oil production is often flared as waste. Near Sidney, Montana, one company is converting it to cryptocurrency instead.
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