Quick Take - Duke Lineworker Explores the Heights of Energy Creativity

Atop North Carolina’s Mount Sterling is the height of energy innovation. Power. Ample, clean power, with no power lines. A Duke Energy lineworker came up with the idea. Jeff Fisher, who has spent 34 years taking care of customers in western…

Quick Take - Coal Continues Its Slide

Change in the energy sector continues, if not actually accelerating. The latest evidence is the collapse of what had been the kingpin of power – coal. It’s happening all over the world, too. “Each market is different, but the trends…

What Makes a Successful Power Utility?

Being a winning utility in the 2020’s is way more than just keeping the lights on. New dimensions of corporate character are evolving for this industry, among the oldest and most traditional on the business scene. Innovation breeds…

Quick Take – Why Does Ice Cause Power Outages?

Ice. That’s a heavy topic. Really. Especially when it comes to power lines. Here we are at what is often the coldest part of the coldest month of the year, January. North and South Carolina have had some memorable ice storms, some…

Investment Firm Feels the Heat about Climate

Activists in climate debates have pressed utilities and state governments about reducing carbon emissions. That has been in the news. Lesser headlines have noted activists pressing on financial firms. Until now. The world’s largest…

Quick Take – The Changing View of Energy Resilience

An old term in electric power has a new meaning. Resilience. The definition is different now and reflects how the industry is changing. A recent column we saw called, Behind the Buzzword: A Brief History of Energy ‘Resiliency’, does a…

Making Energy from Ocean Currents

The Gulf Stream may be considered as a river in the ocean. It’s just offshore North Carolina and could be a source of electricity. ECC got to hear a presentation at a Raleigh energy conference from one of the scientists researching…

Crunch Time for South Carolina Energy

The Charleston Post and Courier ran a pointed editorial Saturday, January 11: 6 ways the SC Legislature can make our state better in 2020. Interesting list, good level-set launching into 2020. Two parts of that editorial go hand-in-hand ECC…

Energy Company Skills Can Be Used in Unexpected Ways

Think about the ocean and energy. First thing that likely comes to mind is an offshore oil rig. Drilling on the continental shelf or in the sea has been around for decades, and debated in the Carolinas. Think again. Go beyond petroleum.…

Cyber Concerns in Utilities in Spotlight After Iran Headlines

Cyber threats to the U.S. power grid are in the headlines following military action in Iran. The power system may be a target of hackers. “Cyber warfare has proved particularly attractive to Iran, since a four-decade arms embargo has kept…