Inside Energy

Coverage of energy that moves beyond polarized arguments and emotional debate to explore the points of tension, the tradeoffs and opportunities, and the very human consequences of energy policy, production, use and innovation.

Inside Energy is a collaboration of seven public media outlets in the nation's energy epicenter: Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota.

Weld County (left photo) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (right photo).

Federal investigators released a highly-anticipated summary of the 2017 explosion in Firestone on Tuesday, prompting statements of frustration from the family at the center of the accident and renewed calls for government action to prevent similar tragedies.

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In Northern Colorado, two massive industries are colliding: home development and energy development. At the intersection of the two are serious and growing concerns about health and safety.

As more drilling rigs and more subdivisions go up in towns across the Front Range, what happens when people and oil and gas become neighbors?

Leigh Paterson / Inside Energy

Pro-drilling groups are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local election in Broomfield, fighting a measure that could give the town more control over drilling. Ballot Question 301 is part of a much larger fight over health, safety, policy and state law that's playing out in towns across Colorado’s Front Range as oil and gas development moves in.

Clean Power Plan Rollback: Five Things To Know

Oct 10, 2017
Stephanie Joyce / Inside Energey

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday signed a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan  — President Obama’s signature climate change legislation. Here are five things you should know:

What is the Clean Power Plan anyway?

The 2015 rule aimed at reducing carbon emissions nationwide by moving the country’s electric grid away from coal and towards cleaner sources of energy. It was this nation’s most ambitious proposal to fight climate change.  Here’s an easy video explainer of the whole plan:

Dan Boyce / Inside Energy

At 11 p.m. on a recent Friday night, the West Elk Mine outside Somerset opened its gates. Cars and trucks started rolling out, signaling the end of a coal mining shift in this rural pocket of Colorado.

Workers had been opening up a new section of the mine four or five miles underground, a tough job made tougher considering that the current economics of the coal industry means fewer workers at the mine.

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Before heading out for its August recess, the U.S. Senate confirmed two Trump administration nominees for open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

For the first time in nearly six months, the commission has enough members to vote on permitting major energy infrastructure projects.

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A home explosion in a Denver suburb in April that has been linked to energy development has left Colorado communities wondering: are we safe? To give some context to that question, Inside Energy and Rocky Mountain PBS has analyzed data relating to spills, fires, explosions, and the inspectors charged with keeping an eye on it all.

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Solar energy has had a great decade. One estimate puts the industry’s growth at 1,600-percent over the last eight years. However, this past year has not been so good, especially for rooftop solar companies. The market for residential solar systems has taken a hit, resulting in the bankruptcies of companies such as  SunEdison, Sungevity, Suniva and at least one company not starting with “sun” — SolarWorld.

Are There Oil And Gas Flowlines In Your Neighborhood?

Jul 18, 2017
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A one-inch pipeline running just feet below a home in Firestone, Colorado, leaked odorless gas into the basement this spring, causing an explosion that leveled the house. Two people died and another was severely injured.

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When a home went up in flames on Twilight Avenue in April, in a subdivision north of Denver, two people died. Now, the investigation into what happened is underway, clean-up is ongoing, lawsuits are being filed and residents who live in that small community are worried — not only about their safety but about the value of their homes. 

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