Tis the Season for Utility Scams

Around holiday time it seems that scammers come out of the woodwork. News stories report the same this year. So be on alert, for yourself, and if you have aging relatives, help them out, too. With the holiday season and the added COVID…

A Southeastern Power Network is Still being Debated

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently gave tacit approval for a regional wholesale electricity market to facilitate the selling and buying of power. The Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) is its name. This is for organizations…

A Winter Energy Warning Has Been Issued

“Grim” was used to describe a new report about this winter and energy. The report is from NERC – the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. As the nation approaches the one-year anniversary of the February 2021 deep freeze,…

Reduce Energy Use this Thanksgiving

People must put in enough energy to get a Thanksgiving meal ready. So don’t waste any energy, at least not the electric or gas kind. Here are a few good ideas about saving energy when you make your Thanksgiving feast. The Omaha Public Power…

The Infrastructure Bill Does Not Change Human Behavior

Washington people were in full spin mode after passing the infrastructure bill. There is money for tangible stuff – electric vehicle chargers, transmission lines, towers, poles. This is enough of a challenge with recent supply chain problems.…

What is the Power Component in the Infrastructure Bill?

What’s in the new infrastructure bill when it comes to energy? Lots of pieces to that puzzle. Here’s a look at the big energy pieces through a 129-page summary. (Yes, a 129-page summary.) It is from an elected official versus a news outlet: …

Will There Be a Power Transmission Crisis?

Our nation can make all the renewable energy, nuclear energy, or any power it wants but if it has no wires to get power to customers, it doesn’t matter. The power system has three parts: Generation – solar, wind, nuclear, coal –…

Veteran's Day, World War 1, and Energy

Veteran’s Day emerged with World War 1’s armistice that took effect at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918. It’s now a day to remember the military who sacrificed themselves or put themselves at risk in the battles of the war. It has had various…

Unlock our Electric Vehicle Future with – Awesome Restrooms

Future technology is not about the latest smartphone, television, or appliance. It is about electric vehicles. Really, just check this headline from Gear Patrol magazine: The 35 Electric Cars We're Most Excited to Drive in the Future The driving…

Climate Risk Spurs New Directions in Utilities

Changes in our energy system are taking shape because of climate change challenges. A recent article said to me that the changes are more than I would have suspected. The issues: Several utilities have said that they will bury some lines…