Women in Energy Leadership: Crystal Rookard

"Everything my mentors said was correct,” said Crystal Rookard, now at Lander University. I introduced Crystal in a recent blog about women leaders who have touched the Carolina energy industry. Crystal shows that there are new ways to apply…

Asheville Citizens Drive New Energy Effort

Tapping the energy of some Asheville, NC, citizens will help Asheville tap into a trend in energy. The concept will combine solar energy, batteries, and small distribution grids. The citizens group is called CSM, for Critical Services Microgrid.…

Kitty Hawk Makes Another Historic Benchmark

The winds at Kitty Hawk, NC, helped aviation and now energy. The Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project is a more than 120,000-acre proposed offshore wind energy project. It is 27 miles off the Outer Banks. In the planning for years, the project…

Carolina University Will Improve the Grid

Energy research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte recently had good news. The university reported a $3.6 million Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office chose UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure…

Women in Energy Leadership: Felicia Howard

“Start with why,” is the advice that energy executive Felecia Howard said she would give her 20-year-old self. ECC will introduce several women who have been important in the Carolina energy industry. Felicia is one of them. This blog is…

Women in Energy Leadership

“Challenge the supposed absolute truths,” distills the leadership advice of a veteran energy leadership coach. For more than a dozen years Sherri Baldwin, Principal of LeadAdvantage, Inc., a Charlotte based leadership development company,…

Power Plants Make Transition; Reduce Carbon

Two power plants have changed to reduce carbon emissions. The Indiantown Cogeneration Plant stopped operation at the very end of 2020. Florida Power and Light (FPL) bought the coal facility three years ago so it could be shut down. NextEra…

Santee Cooper Ranks Eight. FPL is Number One

The South Carolina legislature is looking at two utilities. So is JD Power. How did they rank with JD Power? Santee Cooper came in #8. FPL, the Florida utility owned by NextEra Energy, came in #1. That was just one assessment. Often corporate…

The Soft Side of Solar

The hard costs of solar have gone down and soft costs have been a source of concern. Hardware costs include all the materials needed to construct the system: module, inverter, racking, and electrical wiring. Soft costs include the…

Is One Net-Zero Strategy Losing Ground?

Net-zero carbon is a goal of companies, countries, and cities. Noble goal, and worthy, too, given climate issues the world faces. Various ways to reduce carbon have been advanced – reducing the amount of carbon released in energy production…