An Active Hurricane Season Forecast

Maybe there is no normal anymore when it comes to tropical storms. Forecasters at Colorado State University say, “2021 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have above-normal activity. Sea surface temperatures averaged across the tropical…

North Carolina Partnership Advances Solar Power

Think about solar energy and you think of – Wells Fargo – right? Yeah, trick question. In North Carolina that is the case. A collaboration between Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, NextEra Energy, and in Catawba County advances solar power…

Prepare Now for Earth Day, April 22

Rather than wait to write about Earth Day I am getting a blog out now. There is so much to do in the Carolinas. Here are a few activities, and more are easily found online. Asheville, NC, has been vocal about environmental issues. The city…

Texans Reflect on the Weather and Energy Emergency

The economic toll of the February cold weather in Texas recently is pegged at $295 billion. Worse, preliminary deaths are 111. That figure could change. With the disaster in the rearview mirror the assessments of how people see the event is…
The Santee Cooper Contagion Effect
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The Santee Cooper Contagion

An infection may be festering in South Carolina. Senator Wes Climer labeled it as a contagion. He busted a fallacy – that the state isn’t on the hook for Santee Cooper’s debt. It was part of the discussion in a March 30 Senate Judiciary…

Solar Energy and the Importance of Oversight

Here’s a question about solar energy. “Think about the last time you bought a vacuum cleaner. Did a well-dressed man show up to your door mid-day and drag a heavy bag of equipment to display in your living room?” (Source) That is how…

How Utilities Compare on Shift to Solar

Our energy future is pressing on us. Right now. Nationwide, some $338 billion in energy generation, transmission, and distribution upgrades are needed by 2039. Meeting this investment need would reduce brownouts and outages, save businesses…

Santee Cooper Reform ... April Fools'!

April Fools'! It's Santee Cooper reform again. A column in the Post and Courier mounted a defense of Santee Cooper reform efforts. A selective defense, too. Real reform gives the PSC final say over Santee Cooper rates, just for one. Accountability.…

Coal Power … Time’s Running Out, Fast

“Impacts from climate change are happening now. Things that we depend upon and value — water, energy, transportation, wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, and human health — are experiencing the effects of a changing climate.” (Source)…

Old Scam is Adapted to Electric Service

“Slamming” is an illegal tactic by some unscrupulous telecom services. What happens is that customers signed up with their regular cell or wireline service get switched to an independent cell or wire retailer, totally without the customer’s…