Learning from Others About Energy

Energy in the Carolinas is the focus of our work, and for well more than a year now. We learned something in the process of looking at the interface between energy customers and the Carolinas: It is about more than the Carolinas. What? Here…

What is a Public Staff?

Many citizens know about the organizations that regulate investor-owned utilities in the Carolinas – in SC the Public Service Commission, and in NC, the Utilities Commission. Fewer people may know about a separate group in each state…

SC Chooses Public Service Commission Members

South Carolina is looking at some new Public Service Commissioners. It is part of a normal rotation in the Commission. This may not be a normal time, though, since the power industry in South Carolina has been so high profile over the…

Quick Take – Securitization in Utilities

Securitization of costs or debts. Some utilities and states have it. Let’s describe what securitization is. Most simply: Turning utility costs into bonds. In finance, bonds are a kind of debt already, but not all debt is in the form…

Quick Take – Does Daylight Savings Time Save Energy?

Daylight Savings Time saves daylight for the evening but does not save energy. That seems to be the consensus, even though proponents of DST may claim its energy-saving appeal. On Sunday morning we go back to regular time. Remember to set…

The Future of Energy Careers

Upgrades in energy technology demand upgrades in training operators for the energy industry. A Charlotte-based company has been working with energy providers around the world to keep their training current. There are some lessons for anyone…

Quick Take – Get Your Furnace Ready for Fall

It’s almost heating season, so it is time to do a thorough check of your furnace before firing it up. Here are some ideas we found about doing that. Change the filter. With AC season done and a heating season starting it may be time to…

Quick Take – We Can Learn From Vermont’s Energy Issues

Vermont will not meet its 2028 emissions goals. Now what? Quite the headline for a state that has set bold goals for carbon reduction: “In 2007, the Legislature passed a law that called for a 25% reduction in emissions below 1990 levels…

Quick Take – Airport Takes Big Energy Step

RDU, CAE, CHS, GSP, CLT. The common link is that these are likely the most important physical, economic development asset in big Carolina cities. The airports. Yet it is PIT -  Pittsburgh’s airport - that caught our attention for an energy…