Some people are obsessed with energy. Some are beyond bored. Others are bursting with questions. And more often than not, people talk about energy as if it’s a friend they haven’t talked to in years and keep meaning to call…but never do. This talk looks at how our relationship with energy is broken, and what we can do to fix it.
The election of Donald Trump has raised questions about the future of federal funding for energy research and development. We dig into the numbers.
Fossil fuel companies have a history of backing Republican candidates. But this year’s unusual presidential campaign appears to be having a strange ripple effect on political giving — at least from the oil and gas industry.
Answering a listener’s question: What kind of subsidies does the government give to natural gas?
Electricity prices typically move in one direction: up. But for the first time in more than a decade, residential electricity prices have dropped nationally. Regionally, however, the picture can be very different. Here’s a state-by-state look at how electricity prices have changed.
What will the electricity of the future look like? And how big of a difference will the Clean Power Plan make? This interactive graphic lets you explore our power-mix in the 2030, both with and without the CPP.
Inside Energy recently made a video about what the Clean Power Plan means for you. In that video, we used a lot of numbers: 98 quadrillion Btu (the total energy used in the United States last year), 100 lightning bolts (the amount of energy each American used last year…ish), 150,000 (the number of people employed in the U.S. Coal industry), and more. In the video, we had mere seconds to share those numbers. But at Inside Energy, we like to get real nerdy about energy. So we’re sharing the stories behind those numbers.
The Clean Power Plan is our country’s most ambitious attempt yet to fight climate change, and it’s causing quite the legal stir. But what does it mean for you, and how big of a deal is it, really?
There’s a question that we get a lot: “Is a petroleum engineering degree a good idea?” Between fluctuating oil prices and a national push toward renewable energy, what’s a potential petroleum engineering major to do?
In fiscal year 2016, the University of Wyoming’s utility bill was $10.8 million—almost $2 million more than fiscal year 2015. Next year, as new buildings under construction come online, that bill is likely to increase, even as the University faces $41 million in budget cuts. That means there may be hard choices ahead—keep the lights on, or keep people employed.