U.S. Wind Capacity Surpasses Hydropower

Wind surpassed hydro as the biggest source of renewable electricity here in the U.S. thanks to a tripling of wind capacity since 2008. You may be wondering where are all these wind turbines going up? Well the top 3 states are Texas, Iowa, and Oklahoma. So how much power are we actually talking about here? […]

Can We Spread Nuclear Power Without Another Chernobyl?

On the 26th of April, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant burst open, releasing a massive amount of radiation which rendered a 1000-square-mile area completely uninhabitable. Then, a couple weeks ago, there was an explosion at an oil refinery in Philadelphia, just a couple miles from my house. My dad actually heard the explosion, and […]

MWH Enables an Energy Revival Along the Ohio River

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hydropower is a clean, renewable energy source. The designs are robust. They’ll last a long time. So it’s clean, renewable energy for generations to come. The four AMP projects are located along the Ohio River starting upstream in West Virginia with the Willow Island project, followed by the Meldahl project, Cannelton project, and […]

CLIMATE . CHANGE – Episode 1 – With Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation

I’m Bertrand Piccard. I’m a medical doctor and an explorer. I flew around the world non-stop in a balloon and recently in a solar-powered airplane. And my goal is now to identify and label 1,000 solutions that can protect the environment in an economically profitable way. Today, it’s not enough to say nature is beautiful, […]

75 years of ingenuity and innovation

75 years of ingenuity and innovation Québec Québec 1,668,800 km2 Québec Forty times the size of Switzerland Tremendous hydropower potential developed by Hydro-Québec Hydro-Québec: A vertically integrated power company Design engineer Builder Power generator Transmission provider Distributor One shareholder: Québec government 36,800 MW One of the world’s leading hydropower producers Hydro-Québec: Specialized in large hydropower […]

Nuclear Power Was Supposed to Solve Climate Change… What Happened? | Hot Mess 🌎

Thanks to the funders of Peril and Promise for supporting PBS Digital Studios. Since the 1950s the world has had a carbon-free, weather-independent energy source. It works with our existing grid and infrastructure, and it isn’t dependent on batteries or back-up power from fossil fuels. If the goal is to slow down climate change, shouldn’t […]

Renewable Portfolio Standard Scam (Part 2)

Politicians and activists keep coming up with all sorts of ideas to make the energy sources you rely on most… oil, natural gas and coal more expensive. There are various versions of a carbon tax and complicated cap and trade schemes. And, most states have adopted Renewable Portfolio Standards, which essentially achieve the same goal. […]

What If All Houses Were Covered With Solar Panels?

Rise and shine! Get up and seize the day! You can do anything under the Sun… when the Sun powers everything. Your phone, your home, and all that’s in between. This is life on the golden grid. But is it the utopia we thought it would be? In 2018, the state of California passed a […]

Nuclear Reactors vs. Nuclear Weapons

– A nuclear reactor and a nuclear weapon are about as similar as a hamster and an alligator. They’re both made of cells, but one is clearly more dangerous than the other. (light music) So, the thing in common between nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors is they’re both powered by fissile isotopes like uranium 235 […]

Renewable Portfolio Standard Scam (Part 1)

Does your state have a Renewable Portfolio Standard? Not sure? That’s not surprising. It’s one of those government programs that sucks money out of your wallet while you’re not looking. If you live in one of these 29 states, you should get familiar with your RPS, because it’s costing you a lot of money every […]