Power transmission lines march across the Shirley Basin in central Wyoming.

Gridlocked: Outside/In Podcast

What if everything you thought you knew about energy was exactly backwards? What if the way that we currently do electricity is actually the most expensive option, and all of that fancy “clean-tech” and “green-tech” actually the cheapest option? Listen to the Outside/In podcast episode GRIDLOCKED for answers.

Laramie River Station, a coal-fired power plant near Wheatland, WY.

Is Coal Key To Keeping The Lights On?

New environmental regulations likely mean a shift away from coal to renewables and natural gas. But some say a significant reduction in coal-generated electricity would threaten this nation with brownouts and blackouts. Inside Energy investigates that claim.


What A Storm 93 Million Miles Away Means For Your Power

Our most important piece of infrastructure–the grid–is also the most vulnerable to an unpredictable, strange kind of weather. Severe solar storms could knock out power to millions of Americans. And critics say new regulations don’t go far enough to protect the grid.

North of Greeley, CO near the border of WY. Nearby the future site of the Niobrara Energy Park, The developer calls it "the world's largest planned microgrid."

Military Marches Forward With Microgrids

The aging United States electricity grid is facing an increasing number of threats, ranging from severe weather events to solar flares to cyber terrorism. It’s something the U.S. military is taking seriously, helping lead the way in the development of smaller and more secure grids – known as microgrids.