Home Power Generator Safety is Critical

Hurricane Laura had a message: “The U.S. toll from the Category 4 hurricane rose to 16 deaths Saturday, with more than half of those killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators.” (Source) Another headline:…

Energy Consumer Weekend - Aug. 28

“In the dark.” That is where some Californians have been with recent rolling power blackouts. In the dark and in the heat, too, as the state swelters in a heat wave. Death Valley in California recently recorded the hottest temperature ever…

Utilities Help Each Other During Disasters

Hurricane Laura spurs utilities into a special kind of action. That action spans much of the nation, not just the impact zone. That is because utilities work together to meet emergencies head-on to restore power. Mutual aid is the term…

Quick Take - Going to Zero Carbon

Zero-carbon is a goal for many utilities, companies, and government entities; produce no carbon emissions and have energy. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives recently pledged to get to zero-carbon. ECC is pointing out this effort because…

Weekend Energy Consumer - Aug. 21

Hurricanes are the big news weather events when it comes to power outages in the Southeast. Recently Tropical Storm Isaias made a big impression in New England’s power system. “New York and Connecticut officials chided electric utilities…

Something to Think About - UAE Nuclear Plant Starts Up

“The UAE, OPEC's third-largest oil producer, started producing nuclear energy from a 1.4 GW nuclear reactor, becoming the first country in the Gulf to use such a source for power generation.” (Source) Pretty big news for an oil-rich country.…

Judge Has Stern Words for Santee Cooper

“Reckless” and “misleading” are words reported from the judge about a Santee Cooper legal story recently. Stark language, and you can see it online. That kind of thing catches the eye. Background: A court ruled that a case involving…

Should NC DEQ Choose Energy Winners and Losers?

North Carolina has declined permitting for the Southgate segment of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). That segment would come into the state from Virginia. The NC Department of Environmental Quality made that call, listing various objections…

US Energy Association Leader Will Be Missed

From June 23, 2020: Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA). Through its membership, USEA represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector. In his role, he represents the broad interests…

Energy Consumer Weekend – Aug. 14

Your home electric meter is a gateway. A critical point for your power. Like your front door, what is inside the house is yours. You are behind the meter (BTM) in electric industry parlance. The utility’s electricity, and the system to make…