Laws of Notion
Laws of Notion
Nov 15, 2021
Coal at Sunset: The Cost (S1 Ep2)
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In our second episode, we travel inside the Craig coal-fired station to learn more about the science and economics of coal amidst a rapidly changing renewable energy landscape. For centuries, society has relied on coal because it's been dependable. Reserves can be stored indefinitely and burned as needed to meet electricity demand in any weather, any time of day.

But coal has been losing ground to renewables like wind and solar for decades as the prices of cleaner, greener technologies have come way down. And now, Colorado has made greenhouse gas reductions a priority. Coal is no longer the market driver it once was.

Energy is a global challenge. But the transition is well underway. What will the state reasonably be able to achieve over the next decade? And what will that mean for our electricity?

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Host: Kristan Uhlenbrock


• Tim Osborn, plant manager, Craig station

• Suzanne Tegen, Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

• Bob Rankin, Colorado State Senator, District 8

Coal at Sunset: A Colorado Town in Transition was created by the Institute for Science & Policy at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and produced in partnership with House of Pod. 

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