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

Solar gardens put renewables within reach for the poor in Colorado

Aug 18, 2016
Dan Boyce/Inside Energy


For the poorest among us, paying every bill can be a struggle, including the power bill.

Solar power hasn’t really been a go-to option for those at the bottom, but that’s starting to change. Colorado’s largest utility — Xcel energy — recently announced an expansion of a program to provide solar energy to low-income residents. It’s part of a proposed settlement agreement with the state’s public utility commission.

Why don’t we have wireless energy?

Jul 15, 2016
Inside Energy

Our electric grid sends power from power plants to our houses via thousands of miles of wires. Why can't we send that power without the wires?

Well, we almost did. To answer this question, Inside Energy — an Innovation Trail partner — went back to an inventor named Nikola Tesla, who experimented with this very idea back in the 1890s. Learn more in the video:


You may not notice it at first, but atop the roof of the wine press building at Lakewood Vineyards is something that marked the beginning of change in the region.

The 47-kilowatt solar energy system has been invaluable to the Watkins Glen, New York winery, according to president and winemaker Chris Stamp. If he has his way, workers will install more panels once the building’s expansion is complete this summer.

Lakewood started harnessing the power of the sun four years ago, a move Stamp said put them “way ahead of the curve” compared to other Finger Lakes wineries.

WATCH: When coal goes bankrupt, who pays for cleanup?

Jun 13, 2016
Wyoming PBS

When mining companies are done digging up coal, the empty pit mines need to be returned to their natural state.

But due to a process called self-bonding, mining companies don't have to set aside money to do so. As coal mining companies declare bankruptcy, who will pay for the cleanup? 

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.