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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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Increasing Hydropower Hits A Bipartisan Sweet Spot

If a generator were installed at the outlet of Button Rock Dam, it could power 500 homes.

Energy will be a key issue for the new Congress, and hydropower is one of the few areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans. Legislative changes have made it easier to develop small-scale hydroelectric projects and both parties find it advantageous. Inside Energy reporter Dan Boyce has been reporting on the potential for common ground on hydro, and this time presents the issue on the PBS Newshour: Continue Reading →

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Wyoming Fights Back Against Federal Plan To Cut Carbon Emissions

With the Republican’s sweep of November’s midterm elections, they now hold majorities in both the House and the Senate. With this newfound power, blocking or delaying the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial proposal to cut carbon emissions is high on their agenda. Wyoming lawmakers, in particular, will have influence over energy policy in Washington: Senator John Barrasso is chair of the Senate Republican Policy, Rep. Cynthia Lummis is chair of a brand new Interior Subcommittee charged with overseeing the EPA, and Sen. Enzi was named Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Inside Energy's Leigh Paterson reports on what's a stake for American coal:

Check out Leigh's radio story for more on Wyoming's contentious relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency. Continue Reading →

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