Do Light Bulbs Really Make a Difference? Yes!

Light bulbs, small as they are, make for big energy savings. New light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs use some 80 percent less electricity than old incandescent bulbs. LEDs are more efficient to the point that they helped US electric usage flatten…

QUICK TAKE - Hurricane Forecasts for 2019

Weather forecasters call for an average hurricane season in 2019. It only takes being in the path of a hurricane to make it not average, though. ECC is an energy site, so why mention hurricanes and storms? Because storms have a big impact…

"Smart and Sturdy" Mark a Hurricane-Prepared Electric Grid

Smart and sturdy – two essential traits to harden an electric system against hurricanes. Utilities up and down the East Coast have been doing that for a long time now. Smart and sturdy can blunt the impact of a storm. Smart: A grid…

QUICK TAKE - Renewables Outpace Coal Power Generation

In April renewable energy exceeded the power made by coal plants. That is something new in the US and is part of a continuing change in the power industry. Two big reasons: Coal has a tough time competing with renewable energy sources anymore.…
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Taking Steps Forward in the Santee Cooper Situation

The South Carolina legislature is moving ahead in the potential sale of Santee Cooper. For good reason. Governor McMaster in his State of the State Address made it pretty clear that Santee Cooper is saddled with immense debt, in large…

QUICK TAKE - Getting High Schoolers Ready for Tech Careers

"Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC, believes that teens should engage in a 9-12 grade experience which develops them as being 'Career and College Ready.'"  That's what Michael Realon says. He is the academy and community development coordinator …

Graduation Season - A Season of Opportunity

As students across the Carolinas graduate this year, there is an industry that has open arms for them: The electric industry. An additional 1.5 million power industry workers will be needed nationwide in years to come, on top of the roughly…
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The SC Senate Takes the Next Step on Santee Cooper

The South Carolina Senate voted 42-1 to move ahead and seek bids for the sale, management or reorganization of Santee Cooper. It is a positive step in the process. Discussion. Debate. Steps taken. Those are good. South Carolinians concerned…

Quick Take - Dump the Pump?

Two Stories About "Dump The Pump"  NC EV drivers to pay more? Owners of electric vehicles (EV) in North Carolina are the target of legislators who want a higher annual fee on those vehicles. (Source) One one hand, politicians say they need…
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Industries Should Have a Say in NC’s Clean Energy Plan

North Carolina says it wants input on a Clean Energy Plan. Whether significant public input is in the plan depends on people making their voices heard, really heard, not assuming they are heard. A plan will be advanced. Will it have your…