Entries by Bea Wray

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Lighting Innovation

LED lights fascinate me. As we sat around our beautiful tree, we noticed that it was only the blue lights that often burned out. Why is that I wondered? How do these things work anyway? Of course I had read that the LED (light emitting diode) lights use less wattage and even have a longer […]

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Rockette Power

I love the holiday season. I especially enjoy all the lights and beautifully decorated homes. It is interesting to me that even though I have lived in cold and snowy places like Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio, the beautiful lights so common in my neighborhood in South Carolina make the holidays special even without the […]

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From Tennis to Turbines

I have enjoyed the game of tennis for decades and across many states. I have always had access to a tennis court but never owned one. Whereas sharing cars and bikes is a newer twist to the sharing economy, one might argue that tennis clubs were early movers who learned to share resources effectively. Turns […]

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Turkey Trot Power

As tens of thousands of South Carolinians prepare for their turkey trot, gobble wobble, or other Thanksgiving Day race I got to thinking that was tons of kinetic energy being created. Kinetic energy is energy created by any body by virtue of it being in motion. This applies to both large and small items. The […]

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What’s Cook’n?

As we count our blessings and pour out gratitude this week over the Thanksgiving holiday, I give thanks for access to electrical power. I begin to wonder, how much energy will preparing one Thanksgiving dinner for eight people take? Let’s explore. Here’s the menu: Turkey and gravy, oyster dressing, golden mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, […]

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From Elected to Energized

We cast our votes a week ago, so signs are starting to come down, political ads have ceased, and polling phone calls have taken a break…phew. My daughter turned 18 in October so this election day was an especially exciting for me. I was particularly impressed with how present and involved she was. She had […]

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Paradise Lost a Power Problem?

The New York Times reports that California has so many wildfires for many reasons including climate change, dense population, fire suppression, Santa Ana winds, and downed power lines. This last one makes me think not about casting blame or jumping to conclusions, but about me personally and my own demands when it comes to taking […]

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A Date with Dominion

A lot is happening now, as the clock winds down the year and some major decisions loom regarding the fate of our South Carolina utilities. By December 21, the PSC is set to render its decision on the rates for SCANA, a decision which will have an impact on the proposed Dominion-SCANA merger. PSC will […]