Jordan Wirfs-Brock

Jordan Wirfs-Brock is Inside Energy's data journalist.

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IE Questions: What Keeps Our Electric Grid Humming?

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Remember the 90s action movie Speed? The electric grid, our country’s biggest machine, is basically the bus from the movie. The grid runs at a specific speed – its frequency – and if it gets too high or too low, the system wants to explode. Luckily, the electric grid has its own Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, built right in, to keep it vibrating at the right speed. Continue Reading →

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Governor Signs Bill Setting Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goal At 100%

Pacific Business News |Earlier this week, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to adopt a 100 percent renewable energy standard. But there’s a lot that has to happen between putting a renewable energy standard into law and putting it into practice, and much of the coverage of Hawaii’s plans have focused on how difficult this could be. Continue Reading →

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Tesla Debuts Powerwall At-Home Storage

Last night, Elon Musk made a long-anticipated, yet unsurprising, announcement about Tesla’s plans to sell batteries for home storage. If you’ve already got solar panels on your house, for $3,000 to $3,500 (plus the cost of installation), you can essentially go off the grid with your own sleek, wall-mounted, flat screen TV-sized battery. Here’s a round-up of Inside Energy’s favorite Tesla coverage. Continue Reading →

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IE Questions: In Wyoming, How Much Coal Does A Miner Mine?

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Even though Wyoming has been the top coal-producing state since 1988 and its coal culture runs deep, the image of the Appalachian coal miner persists in American popular culture. Why? Perhaps because most coal miners still work in Appalachia, even though most coal comes from Wyoming. In 2012, for example, Wyoming produced about 40% of U.S. coal but employed only 8% of coal miners. Continue Reading →

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The Quadrennial Energy Review

U.S. Department of Energy | Today the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House released the first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review. It’s more than a great Scrabble word: It’s a comprehensive analysis of what it will take to keep our country’s energy infrastructure running smoothly as our energy economy rapidly changes. Continue Reading →

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IE Questions: What Is Spark!?

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Wait, don’t you mean, “What is a spark?” Actually...no. We really just mean, Spark! As the Inside Energy project rounds the corner on its one-year anniversary, we figured it was about time for us to come out from behind your radio and your computer screen, and meet you live in person. This week our team launched a community event series called Spark! with the mission of revealing why energy is something you should care about - even if you aren’t in the energy industry. Continue Reading →

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