Stephanie Joyce, Wyoming Public Radio

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Fuel: It’s What’s For Dinner

Chard grows in vertical racks under LEDs at the Bright Agrotech warehouse in Laramie.

Up to a fifth of our nation’s total energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and eventually preparing our food, but those energy inputs are often hidden. In this first story in the Inside Energy and Harvest Public Media collaboration Feasting on Fuel, we look at one place they're not. Continue Reading →

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Overburden Weighs On Wyoming Coal Producers

Cloud Peak Energy moved a dragline from its Cordero Rojo coal mine to its Antelope mine to address the issue of needing to move more dirt to get at the coal seams.

How much coal does a Wyoming coal miner mine? Quite a bit less than he used to, it turns out. Regulations have received most of the blame for coal’s current downturn but that’s not the whole story; it’s also getting more expensive to mine in the nation’s largest coal producing state. Continue Reading →

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Oil Crash Raises New Fears About Abandoned Wells

An abandoned coal bed methane well sits in a pool of water on the outskirts of Gillette, Wyoming.

In Wyoming, the bust of the coal bed methane industry has left the state responsible for plugging thousands of wells, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. Now, with both oil and natural gas prices in a slump, some are asking whether history is bound to repeat itself.
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Wyoming Town Built On Coal Contemplates Its Future

Miner Kent Parrish stands in a coal shovel at a roadside viewing platform for the Eagle Butte coal mine outside of Gillette, Wyoming.

While the coal industry in other parts of the country has fallen on hard times, the mines of the Powder River Basin, in Wyoming and Montana, have been left largely unscathed. Even with new regulations that could put a dent in coal production from the region, the towns that depend on it aren't given up on their black gold anytime soon. Continue Reading →

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On Denmark’s Road To Renewable Power

Jesper Rasmussen shows a map of power flow through Denmark inside the control room for Denmark's transmission grid.

Renewable energy seems to be taking off in the US, but there are serious challenges—both technological and social—that come along with adding more solar and wind to the grid. Denmark has faced similar challenges as it has transitioned from almost no renewables in the mid-90s to almost half of its power supply today. Continue Reading →

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