Dan Boyce

Dan Boyce provides radio and online reports daily from the State Capitol. A native Montanan, Dan was raised in Lewistown and graduated from the University of Montana with a broadcast journalism degree in December, 2008. He took the position of MTPR Capitol Bureau Chief after more than two years working as a reporter with KBZK-TV in Bozeman. Dan has won local, regional, and national awards for both his radio and television reporting. His work has appeared nationally on the NPR programs All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition as well as on CNN and The CBS Evening News. Dan has also taken part in journalism fellowships in both Germany and Pakistan.

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7:49am

Thu August 28, 2014
Energy

Solar Sparks An Old Grid Debate: Centralized Or Decentralized?

On the left, Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb and on the right, George Westinghouse, entreprenuer and inventor of the air/steam brake.
Edison: Perry-Castañeda Library/UT-Austin / Westinghouse: Joseph G. Gessford-Library of Congress Public Domain

A rapidly increasing number of U.S. households are installing rooftop solar panels, and that’s foreshadowing a wider debate over the future role of our traditional electric grid. Ironically, it is a debate we’ve already had.

In the 1880s, heralded inventor Thomas Edison was locked in a bitter battle with engineer and entrepreneur George Westinghouse over how this new invention of electric power should spread across the country, a battle commonly known as The War of the Currents.

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5:00am

Wed August 27, 2014
Energy

Utilities Balk As Customers Embrace Rooftop Solar

Employees with Namaste Solar install mounting brackets for a new rooftop system in Boulder, Colo.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

The cost of solar is falling rapidly – down 60 percent since 2011. These days, solar is not only good for the environment; it's becoming more of a smart financial move for households and communities.

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6:34am

Tue August 26, 2014
Energy

Could Solar-Microgrid Combos Guard Against Grid Threats?

In Del Norte, Colo., Public Works Supervisor Kevin Larimore shows off an array of solar panels that provide electricity for the town's water supply.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

The small and sunny town of Del Norte, and most of southwestern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, is served by one major power line. It comes in the valley through stretches of the Rio Grande National Forest, where long periods of drought and spruce beetle infestations have led to significantly higher fire danger in the last 15 years.

Del Norte is the example of a community at risk, one that needs to find creative solutions to a possible electrical grid disaster.

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6:30am

Thu July 3, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Ahead Of Peers In Charting The Public's Oil And Gas Health Complaints

A drilling operation with a nearby subdivision in the background near Mead, Colo., pictured in August 2012.
Jim Hill KUNC

5:00am

Fri June 27, 2014
Oil and Gas

Following In Washington's Footsteps, Montana Releases Crude Oil Rail Routes

A BNSF train outside of Houston, Texas. As a company, BNSF ships large ammounts of Bakken crude oil.
Roy Luck Flickr - Creative Commons

A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains - far fewer in number - pass through populated regions farther south.

Governor Steve Bullock has released the route information, making Montana the latest state, after Washington, to buck railroads’ requests to keep the information out of public hands.

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