Energy Consumers of the Carolinas

An Energy Information Resource for the Plugged In Consumer

QUICK TAKE – “Just in Case” Planning

We saw an example of one way all electric providers have to be ready for “just in case” events.  We mean those events that cannot be predicted, just where they may happen, or when, maybe even if they will happen. Still, every power provider has to be prepared “just in case.” A couple states away, Read more about QUICK TAKE – “Just in Case” Planning[…]

QUICK TAKE – Out of Oil by ’28?

There was a report that the US would essentially be out of oil by ’28. Oh, that was 1928. Then it was 1970. Make that 2000. The news now is that the US will soon be a net energy exporter for the first time since after World War II. Much of ECC blogging has been Read more about QUICK TAKE – Out of Oil by ’28?[…]

QUICK TAKE – NC Clean Energy Planning – Can You Hear Me Now?

Some people in North Carolina are working on a clean energy plan. That is laudable. Diverse options in energy should be considered in a plan, and considered in an objective, nonpolitical process. Something with regular public updates, and perhaps a third-party review. We noted in April: “In North Carolina, your household, health and finances can Read more about QUICK TAKE – NC Clean Energy Planning – Can You Hear Me Now?[…]

Carolina Lakes Are Long-term, Protected Treasures

Summertime is lake time in the Carolinas. For good reason. For instance, “Lake Marion, the largest lake in the state, is an outdoor paradise. …It features an abundance of wildlife and a legendary status for record game fish catches,” says the Orangeburg Times-Democrat.  Absolutely right, and Marion will remain a treasure. Same with other lakes Read more about Carolina Lakes Are Long-term, Protected Treasures[…]

QUICK TAKE – Electric Vehicle Pollution – Possible?

Electric vehicles are emission-free, right? Kind of. Here’s the headline: “Electric cars won’t save the planet without a clean energy overhaul – they could increase pollution.” Some countries plan to eliminate cars running on petroleum. “The idea is to replace all conventional vehicles with electric vehicles. But this is unlikely to help the environment, as Read more about QUICK TAKE – Electric Vehicle Pollution – Possible?[…]

Cool Energy Savings – Cool Energy Family

Need $150? Quick and easy. That may be possible with a critical eye on the refrigerator. A refrigerator is one of the big appliances that can take a lot of electricity to run. Old refrigerators can be energy hogs. (Old these days is probably 15 years or more.) Appliances can take some 20 percent of a Read more about Cool Energy Savings – Cool Energy Family[…]

High Tech / High Energy

“FinTech” is the shorthand for new financial technology. Connectivity, data analysis and entrepreneurism enable advances in financial systems: Deposit checks with a phone camera click, instant mortgages, account transfers to name a few. With the advancements in energy, is PowerTech next? Makes sense. New energy technology enables ongoing home energy analysis, control of heat/AC/lights from Read more about High Tech / High Energy[…]

Quick Take – Six Challenges for the Electric Industry

“Each of the 6 D’s presents both a challenge and an opportunity,” says an opinion piece in electric industry magazine Transmission and Distribution World. The column has a good, brief overview of electric industry challenges for consumers. We thought you may like to know the list. (Our explanations, unless there are quote marks.) Distributed: Power Read more about Quick Take – Six Challenges for the Electric Industry[…]

What is Renewable Natural Gas?

Turns out there are two kinds of natural gas. One is from the ground. Petroleum exploration and production companies drill and find it in rock formations. The other is from, well, something else. It is called renewable natural gas (RNG) and often starts with waste from animals, even people sometimes. RNG is in the Carolinas, Read more about What is Renewable Natural Gas?[…]

QUICK TAKE – Personal Preparation is Important for Hurricane Season

Electric service outages happen oftentimes because of bad weather. Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages when violent weather happens. Usually lightning, high winds, and ice are the causes. The Southeast is on the cusp of the official start of the Read more about QUICK TAKE – Personal Preparation is Important for Hurricane Season[…]