Solar, Wires, Storage Done Right

Energy done right – a combination of solar, storage, and a challenging environment. I like to show examples of people and companies that do their energy work well. Here’s a good one. The companies in this case are HDR, an engineering firm…

The Truth About Santee Cooper’s Annual Report

Santee Cooper’s 2020 Annual Report is public. I have worked for a couple big firms. I get that annual reports need to provide numbers, and they are also showpieces. A chance to strut and preen. The peacock is on display with the Santee Cooper…

Getting Power Where It Needs to Be

It is terrific to make electricity, even better to get it to customers. Big issue, especially in light of Texas’ problem. It’s really something that is not top-of-mind for people in general. I thought about that issue as I read a story…

Will Legislators Keep Spending OPM on Santee Cooper?

The South Carolina General Assembly is debating OPM – Other People’s Money. OPM is a broad term that means cash is not coming from the wallets of people making the decisions. Decision-makers are largely immune from having financial skin…

Canals May be Good Solar Locations

“Covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals could save billions of gallons of water and generate renewable power for the state every year,” says a study from the University of California/Merced. The study covers a lot of ground,…

Wind Turbines Don’t Always Spin

Drive by a multi-tower wind farm and some of the blades may not be turning. Why? I wondered, and reached out to Katharine Kollins, President, Southeastern Wind Coalition. “Like any large machines, wind turbines require regular maintenance.…

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…