Hydrofracking, Marcellus Shale, wind power, solar power, nuclear power, and renewable energy stories from across upstate New York.

Looking for growing profession? Try wind turbine tech

Apr 22, 2016
Dan Boyce/Inside Energy

The wind industry is clearly growing.

A new report from the American Wind Energy Association touts a record total of 88,000 jobs across the industry at the start of 2016, a 20 percent jump from a year ago.

More wind power was added than any other U.S. electricity source in 2015, beating out natural gas and solar.



WATCH: Pushing electric vehicle tax credits

Apr 12, 2016
Inside Energy

States are looking for ways to cut their carbon emissions -- and one way to do that is by getting gas-powered cars off their roads.

So some states, like Colorado, are offering tax credits to residents who want to purchase new electric vehicles.


Saying the proposed pipelines are all one system, just like the nation's rivers or even our arteries, activists from across the Northeast gathered on the east steps of New York’s State Capitol to protest the expansion of natural gas pipelines.

The environmental rally in Albany demanded that Gov. Andrew Cuomo not sign the 401 water quality certificate currently sitting on his desk. It would allow the Constitution Pipeline to be built.

What's the most energy-efficient way to boil water?

Feb 25, 2016
Jordan Wirfs-Brock / Inside Energy

This question comes to Inside Energy from Ben Silverstein in Maryland.

What is the most energy-efficient way to boil 500 milliliters (about 2 cups) of water? And which method has the smallest carbon footprint?

Silverstein is a tea kettle enthusiast – he owns a collection of more than 70. Why is Silverstein so fascinated with tea kettles? He sees them as the intersection of form and function, of engineering and art. And the familiar act of boiling water lets us examine how the choices we make daily roll up to global energy consumption.

Using Earth’s energy to grow food

Feb 18, 2016
Grant Gerlock for Harvest Public Media

The middle of winter is when the stream of locally grown fruits and vegetables in the Midwest begins to freeze up.

Nicole Saville knows that firsthand. Saville is the produce manager at Open Harvest, a grocery co-op in Lincoln, Nebraska. The store promotes food grown by local farmers, but this time of year, there just isn’t much available.