A natural gas boom in the U.S. is changing the power sector in the country. It’s credited with bringing down American carbon dioxide emissions more than any other factor. But, one difficult to control component of the natural gas industry threatens to undermine those gains.
Nuclear power plants produce 20 percent of our country’s electricity, but the industry is in trouble. An aging nuclear reactor fleet combined with low natural gas prices is forcing the shut down of plants across the country. And that impacts many communities that rely on the plants for jobs.
Inside Energy is launching a new feature with our partner radio station, KUVO in Denver, kicking off each Monday with a brief yet electrifying (pun intended, of course) discussion on energy. This week, we looked at some of the big questions we’ll be keeping a close eye on in 2017, from electric vehicles to energy regulations.
The Obama administration imposed strict carbon emissions limits on states. But that rule’s likely to be undone when Donald Trump assumes the presidency. So states like North Dakota are wondering what’s next for emissions, and moving forward with plans of their own.
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.
The Chinese government has promised to remedy some of the consequences of burning coal. In a joint press conference with President Obama on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a plan to put a country-wide price on carbon emissions, starting in 2017.