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Wineries Soak Up The Sun With More Solar Power

Wineries in upstate New York have started tapping into solar power. Photo by Innovation Trail/WXXI

Atop the roof of the wine press building at Lakewood Vineyards in New York is something that marked the beginning of change in the region. The 47-kilowatt solar energy system has been invaluable to the Watkins Glen winery, according to president and winemaker Chris Stamp. If he has his way, workers will install more panels once the building’s expansion is complete this summer. Continue Reading →

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Colorado Pushes Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

To push more electric vehicle sales in Colorado, the state is offering a large tax rebate to buyers -- up to $6,000. Photo by Brian Malone/Inside Energy

Video by Brian Malone/Inside Energy. Colorado is offering tax credits for those buying electric cars. The state's program is one of the highest offers in the country -- up to $6,000 back on your state taxes. It's one way the state is hoping to reduce its carbon footprint. And so far, it seems to be working. Continue Reading →

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“When the snow’s blowing, we go to work”: The Linemen Who Keep Your Lights On

On a blustery March morning, an Xcel lineman crew in Denver, Colorado replaces an old transformer. Photo by Brian Malone/Inside Energy

Whether your state gets its energy from coal or wind power, someone has to maintain the miles of power lines that deliver electricity to your home. One of those people is Kevin Hinrichs, a lineman with Xcel Energy in Colorado. He's repaired lines in snowstorms and heat waves -- even under gunfire. Continue Reading →

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Watch the Documentary ‘Feasting on Fuel’

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How much energy did it take to make your dinner? From growing lettuce to grilling your steak, it takes a lot of fossil fuels to get food from the farm to our tables. Inside Energy and Harvest Public Media investigated where all that energy goes, and how farmers, food processors and grocers are trying to cut down on their fossil fuel use. Continue Reading →

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