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.
The world’s largest machine has a big job: bringing us electricity. So what happens when it doesn’t? This week’s IE question looks back at some of the biggest power outages in recent history.
In which we explain what automatic feeder switching and FLISR are, and how they’re going to make your power outages shorter.
What do unemployment and labor statistics tell us about the impact of low oil prices on the job market in North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield?
Reliable electric power is a given. Except when it’s not. How often does your power go out, and for how long? New data lets us answer that question.
Wyoming produces billions of barrels of wastewater a year. Why? Leigh Paterson reports.
In which we define “warm stacking” and “cold stacking” and discuss what happens when a drilling rig is “laid down.”
Your phone is supposed to be a phone, not a hand-warmer. So why does it, at times, feel like it could barbeque your palm? The components in your phone or tablet – the screen (which it’s easy to forget is actually powered by a tiny light bulb), the GPS, the camera, the processor – draw electricity from the battery. When they do so, they aren’t completely efficient: They always waste some energy, which is released in the form of heat. By measuring how hot your phone gets, you could figure out how inefficient its electronics are.
The vast majority of natural gas left in the ground is “unproved.” How have unproved reserves, the big question mark in the ground, changed over time?