When it comes to modernizing our energy systems, we’re often forced to wait on new technology to mature (fusion, energy storage). But sometimes, technologies already exist, yet aren’t always used to their full potential. Some examples include nuclear power, hydroelectric dams, long-distance transmission line. Why aren’t these technologies more widespread? Vote on our next energy question to be answered!
Coal, earthquakes and electric vehicles have been big news in recent days. These headlines raise as many questions as they answer. Here’s a quick recap of the last week’s most interesting energy stories, and we want to know: what questions do they raise for you? Wyoming Coal Cuts Jobs
The U.S.’s two largest coal mines are each laying off 15 percent of their employees in Wyoming. In the announcement last week, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal said that low natural gas prices, a warm winter season and environmental regulations forced the layoffs, which will affect more than 450 people.
Every year, millions of Americans struggle to pay for heating and cooling. Federal, state and local programs exist to help people pay their bills. We’re looking into how effective they are, and we’re asking you to tell us what you’d like to know about these program.
We asked: What have you always wanted to know about electric vehicles? And you answered. You gave us questions. Great questions. Lots of them – everything from where to charge up, what to do with a used battery, and why electric cars aren’t outfitted with solar panels.
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.