Energy Common Sense is Nonpartisan

Every now and then something pops up that hits the nail on the head. I saw that with a Tweet from a North Carolina senator – Paul Newton – and one of his Tweets after an energy debate in the NC Senate. Now I know that some people who…

Policymakers, Try This Energy Mash-up

Let’s put together two energy ideas. Policymakers ought to pay attention to the ways these ideas can work together. Headline One: 5% of Earth's Power Plants Create 73% of the Energy Sector's Emissions Headline Two: Gas could act as 'second…

Both Right and Left Have Good Ideas for North Carolina’s Energy Plan

North Carolina has differences of opinion when it comes to its best energy future. Surprised? I read a column in the Carolina Journal with a headline that nailed the issue: “As the governor touts energy policy of wind and solar, lawmakers…

Want Hydrogen? Managing Four Challenges Can Make Hydrogen a Go-To Fuel Source

Natural gas-fired plants have been a go-to electric generation source as coal retires. Natgas reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 50% as coal to gas switching in the US has become a generating reality.  But carbon, in the form of CO2 remains…

Some Electric Vehicles Users Return to Gasoline

About a fifth of electric vehicle owners go back to gasoline. Researchers at the University of California – Davis checked out why. Their study was reported in various media outlets. “When researchers dug into the question, they found some…

Climate Change Has Been Underestimated

The changes in our atmosphere and climate have been underestimated. Several reports say this. As an energy website we need to report it since the use of energy has such an outsized impact on our environment. How can an underestimate happen?…

Mix and Match – Solar Energy and Storage Pair-up

Maybe 1 + 1 can equal 3. At least with one energy match-up. Two North Carolina universities help show how. Energy Consumers says that is good thinking, too, because energy companies and consumers need to put together power system in new ways. Here’s…

Electric Vehicle Battery Materials Have Environmental Issues

The batteries that make electric vehicles run clean have a challenge of their own. Mining and producing the lithium for the batteries have an emissions footprint that needs to be cleaned up. The issue has come up because Germany has discovered…

Best States for Business List is Revealing

CNBC’s “Best States for Business” for 2021 is out. North Carolina, strong numbers. South Carolina, see me after school, you didn’t turn in your homework. The reason to even mentioned the annual CNBC ranking is a new criterion in the…
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What South Carolina Can Learn About Energy from Texas

South Carolina is a lot like Texas – making news on a national basis when it comes to energy. For failures. Money down the drain. Organizations that failed customer needs. Both states can learn, specially from Texas. Lesson: It is a poor…