Entries by Scott Carlberg

An Example of Energy Resilience

Resilience means to do what ought to be done to prevent or limit any power outage. Think ahead, plan ahead, take action to prevent a disturbance. There is a good example of that just north of Raleigh. A neighborhood is installing a microgrid. It is just what it sounds like, a small-scale power network, but […]

An Example of a Home Energy Study

Energy audits can be a great way to improve the energy efficiency of a home. In this blog we’ll look at the summary results of a real audit so you can get a feel for what you might find. We are grateful to the homeowner for this material and have made the audit anonymous. You’ll […]

Getting Power Where It Needs to Be

It is terrific to make electricity, even better to get it to customers. Big issue, especially in light of Texas’ problem. It’s really something that is not top-of-mind for people in general. I thought about that issue as I read a story about wind towers in the ocean. Here’s how the story starts: “The 188 […]

Policymakers Have a Habit of Making Inefficient Markets

“An RTO is an industrial purchasing bureau, similar to the Soviet construction.” RTO = regional transmission organization, and it is being “studied” as something to implement in the Carolinas, if not the whole Southeast. The person who compares RTOs and old Soviet economics is Ed Hirs, who teaches energy economics at the University of Houston […]

Renewable Does Not Equal Carbon-free

Labels get tossed around a lot. They can carry a lot of weight. A couple popular labels in the energy space deserve clarity since they are in the news a lot: Renewable and carbon-free. Both are good. They do not mean the same thing. Not all renewable energy sources are carbon-free. Not all carbon-free energy […]

Utility Lineworkers are Role Models of Care

As people wait for hurricanes, thunderstorms, or ice storms to pass, there are other people who will be on the starting block, eager to get outside: Utility linemen and women. As storms approach and pass utilities are already assessing risk. How much damage will be caused, how many crews will be needed, and exactly where […]

A Balancing Act – Low Electric Rates Can Still Mean High Bills

Here’s an energy paradox: “Some states have low electricity prices but residents pay more to power their homes, and others have high prices and low consumer bills. But the occurrence of high prices paired with high bills is rare,” noted Bloomberg News reporters. Doesn’t seem logical, but it is true and worth a look. Several […]

Do You Sit in Front of the Meter or Behind It?

A concept familiar to electric industry people is what is in front of the meter and what is behind the meter. As the electric consumer becomes a more active participant in electricity managing and buying, it is worth having a basic definition of the concept in mind. A customer sitting at home or in a […]

What’s in an Energy Name?

Since February 2018 Energy Consumers of the Carolinas did a deep dive into the energy environment of the Southeast. Increasingly over those four years, the topics broadened to include other states, too, because other states have a lot to teach about energy. In about a month this blog site transitions to one that looks at […]