America’s Renewable Energy Boom

350 Montana is co-sponsoring a film you might be interested in seeing. It’s called “Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom,” and it’s showing for free this Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m., at The Public House, 130 East Broadway in Missoula.

The film has direct relevance to Montana because we are in the process of deciding how we’re going to replace the coal-fired electricity as the four plants at Colstrip close down in the next few years. There’s a plan on the table to build a new generation of fossil fuel generators. But there are many of us — the vast majority of Montanans according to polls — who oppose spending a billion dollars on more fossil fuels and encourage moving to Montana’s vast wind and solar resources.

That’s why this film is so important. The film explores the strength of the clean energy industry, its innovations and its fast-moving installations. You’ll also meet people in eight states who are leading us in this renewable energy revolution.

There’s a panel discussion after the hour-long film. Caitlin Piserchia, a member of 350 Montana’s leadership team, is moderating panel members Andrew Valainis, executive director of the Montana Renewable Energy Association, Tess Gallagher-Clancy of the University of Montana’s Reinvest Montana group, and Mike Sudik of Big Sky Solar and Wind.