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Got energy? This section explores some of the stories that generate curiosity.
Trans-Atlantic Pipeline (TAP)
This pipeline winds over 800 miles from an oilfield in northern Alaska to Valdez. More
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BECON
Did you know that the grease restaurants use to fry your french fries can fuel a car? More
Switching to Switchgrass
It started as a "wild" idea. Taking switchgrass, a wild grass that once grew all across southern Iowa, and turning it into a cash crop. More
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Lean Mean Fuel from a Bean
Beans are a well-known source of gas, now they’re a source for fuel! More
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Clean Coal
Fossil fuels, like coal, power our economy and our lifestyles. More
National Energy Policy
In 2001, Vice President Cheney headed up a team to design a new energy policy for the US. President Bush said... More
Fossil Fuels: Millions of Years in the Making
Fossil fuels get their name from the organisms that created them. Fossil fuels were formed from plants and animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. More
Geothermal Iowa
Geothermal heating reduces noise, is a cleaner energy source, and is easier to maintain than the old system. More
Better Buses
It’s not unusual to see buses on city streets, but it is unusual to see buses that aren’t belching harmful emissions. More
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Can a fish climb a ladder?
No, it’s not a bad riddle and the answer is yes – if it’s a fish ladder. More
Hydro-Powerhouse!
The Grand Coulee Dam, located on the Columbia River in Central Washington, is the largest hydropower producer in the United States and the third largest in the world. More
A New Design for Nuclear Plants: The Pebble Bed Reactor
New nuclear power reactor designs could help ease concerns over the safety of nuclear power generation. One new design called the "pebble bed reactor" differs in several ways from the current generation of reactors. More
Nuclear Accidents
There have been three major nuclear accidents, one in the United States at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Facility in Pennsylvania, one in Chernobyl, Russia... More

Solar Two Reflects on Energy
Gaze deeply into a mirror and you might just see the future of energy. More

Iowa and Solar Energy
The Iowa department of Transportation (DOT) began using solar-powered equipment along Iowa’s roadways in 1997. More
Iowa Schools Use Wind Power
Several Iowa schools learned a lesson about lessening their energy bills, by installing wind turbines. The clean, efficient generators help schools save money and contribute to the classrooms as well. More
World Class Wind
One of Iowa’s claims to fame is as home to the world’s largest wind farm. More
Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating in moderate climates, providing three times more heating than the equivalent amount of energy they consume in electricity. More
Solar Heating and Cooling
Using passive solar design techniques to heat and cool your home can be both environmentally friendly and cost effective. More
Manufacturing pop
Let's follow the creation of a soft drink's aluminum can to see how energy is used in all three areas of manufacturing. More
How a T-shirt Goes from the Field to Back
You order a T-shirt online. How much energy goes into producing it? More
Emissions
Transportation's share of emissions in the United States. More

How many cars in the world?
This chart will tell you. More