Utilities: A Capital Intense Business

Intense is a good word for the electric utility business. Capital intense to be specific. Capital flexibility is another and may be even a better way to look at corporate financial health and the ability to serve utility customers. Capital…

Quick Take – Five Energy Issues in the Southeast

“Anyone looking for uniform energy policy in the Southeast is going to be disappointed,” is the way an article from E&E News talks about the region. E&E News is an energy publication. (Subscription required to see full article.) ECC…

Batteries Should Be Recycled

It is a battery-operated world. Laptop, phone, car, toothbrush, and on and on. What happens to the batteries after they are drained? Recycle those batteries. “Why? Most batteries contain toxic ingredients like cadmium, lead, lithium…

Jacksonville, Florida, Utility Explores Sale

It is a tough story not to notice: Florida’s Largest Municipally-Owned Utility Formally Launches Competitive and Open Solicitation Process to Transform Northeast Florida. That’s the headline from the public power utility in Jacksonville,…

Quick Take - What is a Carve Out?

An energy carve-out is a government mandate to promote a specific kind of energy source, such as solar energy. Actually, solar is a favorite carve out in states. In a previous blog ECC defined a REPS, or Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard…

Quick Take – What is a REPS?

What is REPS on your electric bill? States can create legislative requirements that utilities generate electricity from a kind of source, like renewable energy. Those requirements are called Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio…

Quick Take - An Express Lane to Honor Utility Line Workers

Drivers in North Carolina can honor utility line workers now with a special license plate. The Keep the Lights On plate will soon be available. The extra charge for the plate will go to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Heath…

The Earth Is In Hot Water. Us, Too. Smart Policy Can Help.

Nuclear and renewables – We need a both of the above energy policy. We use an energy system. An energy symphony, perhaps, because each facet of energy generation and transmissions plays its own part. Together they strike the right tone. Renewables…

Quick Take - The Where and When of Vehicle Charging – Part 2

How to charge an electric vehicle is one thing, where and when to charge it is also on the table. Today, the where. ECC ran a blog recently about a gasoline station that converted 100% to electric vehicle charging. First in the US to do…

Quick Take - The Where and When of Vehicle Charging – Part 1

How to charge an electric vehicle is one thing, where and when to charge it is also on the table. Today, the when. Here’s the story that raises the issue for us: Appalachian Power will offer first Virginia electric car time of day charging…