Solar Energy: Utility, Community, Individual

Not all solar energy systems are alike. The public may read about three different sizes and shapes of systems. Here is a look in broad terms. Utility scale solar: These are large systems. A utility owns the solar and sells the power to…

Quick Take – The Race is on to Zero Carbon at Utilities

70 percent of utility customers in the US are served by a power company with an emission reduction goal. That is 46 utilities. 2019 was a big year for such commitments. With so many utilities making the announcement ECC was happy to see that…

Electric Vehicles Exemplify a Southeast Dilemma

Can a region be a leader and not-so-much a leader in energy at the same time? Yes. That was suggested about the Southeast. Automakers have put plants across the Southeast, much to the delight of economic developers. Electric vehicles (EV)…

Quick Take – An Example of Energy Resilience

Resilience means to do what ought to be done to prevent or limit any power outage. Think ahead, plan ahead, take action to prevent a disturbance. There is a good example of that just north of Raleigh. A neighborhood is installing a microgrid.…

Quick Take – Energy in 2030

Fully-scaled energy storage, intensely “smart” cities and devices, theoretically free surplus renewable power, and huge drops in carbon creation are in the minds of energy thinkers for ten years from now. That according to a column in Forbes. ECC…

Time to Protect Santee Cooper Customers

Kudos to the Legislature and Governor for setting up a system, managed by the State Department of Administration, to address the ongoing Santee Cooper issues. That was a good step for the accountability that is needed. Time to finish the…

Big Trends in Energy in 2020

Utilities face a pivotal year of change in 2020. UtilityDive, an energy industry magazine, put together a good overview of the changes in a story, From utilities to states to grid operators, the energy transformation is accelerating, but…

Greenville E-bus Company Charges Ahead

The future of clean public transportation has a home in Greenville, SC. Proterra, a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission, heavy-duty electric vehicles, is forging the future of electric buses with its east coast operations…

Quick Take – A Safety Message About the “Outlet Challenge”

“The Outlet Challenge” is a dangerous viral video that has been making the rounds. Parents may want to take note. Making sparks is the goal of the challenge. That is hazardous. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says…

Clarity in Power Utility Communications is Important

Companies that communicate well often do well, too. Ample and clear communications show an attention to detail, that the company understands what stakeholders need to know, and the company is happy to get all its story out. We have seen…