Energy Careers - Back to School Issue - Part Two

Energy employers are having a tough time finding qualified applicants. We wrote about that in our first Back to School blog recently. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas sees the vested interest in Carolinians being interested in, and prepared…

Quick Take - Posted - A Draft NC Clean Energy Plan

North Carolina has posted a draft “Clean Energy Plan” for public comment. The state website announcing the plan says: After a robust stakeholder process, DEQ has prepared a draft of the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan for public…

Energy Careers - Back to School Issue - Part One

77 percent of employers in the energy industry say they have difficulty hiring qualified workers. Three in ten employers say it is actually “very difficult.” (Source) Seems like a good place to find a career, if you are qualified…

Home Power Storage May be in Your Future

Your daily routine at home probably includes putting your phone on charge, or maybe charging up a small battery to use if your phone runs low. Now take that idea and magnify it. Think about having a battery that you charge for your house.…

Quick Take - “Energy Harvesting” is a Huge Small Idea

The IoT, or Internet of Things, has increased the availability of data. Sensors are deployed to measure, for instance, temperature, infrared waves, motion, acceleration, levels, humidity or event proximity of other things. Sensors can be…
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NC: Hammer Home Simplicity for Electric Customers

A North Carolina bill has been making its way through the system that changes some rules on electric rates. Depending on which source reports the story it is a great milestone of electric rate history or it is abysmal. As this is being written…
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"A Billion Here, A Billion There..."

“A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.” That comment is from more than a half a century ago, attributed to a US Senator* when he was talking about rampant spending. Billions are real…
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Santee Cooper: Two Years, Still Counting

As of July 31 it is two years since Santee Cooper announced it would abandon the VC Summer nuclear project. Time ticks on. So does … A $7 billion shadow: Santee Cooper customers owe $7+ billion in debt – roughly 4 billion from the…
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Quick Take - Cary, NC, Police Chief Electrifies Citizens

The police chief of Cary, NC, is creating a buzz. That is because she drives an electric police vehicle. CBS17, WNCN-TV, reported the story July 18. Neat story. Toni Dezomits became chief in mid-June, after 22 years on the force. She started…