Energy

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

What does the Clean Power Plan mean for you?

Sep 30, 2016
Inside Energy

The Clean Power Plan is a federal rule aimed at cleaning up electricity's carbon footprint. It's America's most ambitious effort yet to fight climate change. But how big of a deal is it?

Well, American energy use is a whopper — 98 quadrillion BTUs last year. It's a number so big, what does it even mean? Well, it's enough to send a Saturn V rocket to the moon every 26 seconds for a whole year.

Who cleans up when a wind farm closes?

Sep 5, 2016
Brian Malone/Inside Energy

As America plans to move away from coal-fired power plants to renewable energy, the country plans to build more commercial wind farms.

But the country's first commercial wind farms are nearing retirement, and there are few requirements to take them down. Inside Energy's Leigh Paterson looks at who is responsible for taking down the giant turbines.

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:

SHUTTERSTOCK

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.

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