Mix and Match – Solar Energy and Storage Pair-up

Maybe 1 + 1 can equal 3. At least with one energy match-up. Two North Carolina universities help show how. Energy Consumers says that is good thinking, too, because energy companies and consumers need to put together power system in new ways. Here’s…

Electric Vehicle Battery Materials Have Environmental Issues

The batteries that make electric vehicles run clean have a challenge of their own. Mining and producing the lithium for the batteries have an emissions footprint that needs to be cleaned up. The issue has come up because Germany has discovered…

Best States for Business List is Revealing

CNBC’s “Best States for Business” for 2021 is out. North Carolina, strong numbers. South Carolina, see me after school, you didn’t turn in your homework. The reason to even mentioned the annual CNBC ranking is a new criterion in the…
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What South Carolina Can Learn About Energy from Texas

South Carolina is a lot like Texas – making news on a national basis when it comes to energy. For failures. Money down the drain. Organizations that failed customer needs. Both states can learn, specially from Texas. Lesson: It is a poor…
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What North Carolina Can Learn About Energy from Texas

North Carolina is setting its energy future. Advice has come in from special interest energy groups and consumer groups. The Governor and legislators have taken initial stands. The utility has proposed an integrated resource plan, which is not…

Gasoline Prices to Increase – But You Can Still Save Money

The gasoline price average has increased 40% since January 1, from $2.25 to $3.13. AAA sees maybe 20-cents more by the end of August (driving season). Check the AAA graph here and see that prices are up even over multiple years. (AAA says 7/8/21…
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Texas Governor Demands Partial Improvements in Energy

It’s hot in Texas, and apparently in the Governor’s office, too. Pressed for action on the energy emergencies in the state, Governor Abbott issued a letter to the Texas Public Utilities Commission. The letter directs the PUC to act beyond…

Crunch Time for Santee Cooper

Santee Cooper has its work cut out for itself given the actions of two other South Carolina utilities. We’ll see if the Santee Cooper organization can rise to the occasion, or even if it is asked to rise to the occasion by the state. Dominion…

Be Prepared - Elsa Sets a Record

Following the fireworks of July 4th the Southeast prepares to look at the sky some more, but for Elsa, the hurricane and tropical storm. Elsa may pre-sage things to come and prepare for. Elsa set records already. “Climatologically,…

Electric Energy Helps Make Us Independent

Electricity is an enabler of necessities and luxuries Americans enjoy. Power keeps us in touch and in tune. Electric power reaches almost 100% of homes. In a real sense, the availability of power provides important independence. This 4th…