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Why a Thunderstorm Knocks Out Power

There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. and about 10 percent reach severe levels. Bolts of lightning tear up the air to temperatures about five times hotter than the sun. Yet we rarely have power outages in our homes or businesses…
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Natural Gas and Our Power Portfolio

“Natural Gas Is King of America's Power Mix, for Now,” proclaimed Bloomberg News in mid-2017. That’s the way it has played out in the U.S. electric industry. Natural gas generation provides a lot of electricity to consumers. There’s…
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Old Tools / New Tools / E-Tools

Old tools are familiar and comfortable, but perhaps aren't the most efficient in a time when we are more productive with new technology. I learned that again recently as I hung a large, heavy, frameless bathroom mirror. Easily more than four…
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Storm Season 2018 - Start Your Engine!

Tropical storm season is just like the Memorial Day races in the Carolinas this year. They are starting at the same time. The official storm season is supposed to start June 1, but now Alberto has formed in the Gulf. Quibbling about a few days,…
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Electricity Infrastructure Matters

From Bea Wray in South Carolina I used to travel quickly over the Wando Bridge to get kids to school or go to the grocery store. That changed recently. The 526 Wando Bridge was shut down for about a week to west-bound traffic as emergency…
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Our Energy System is a Portfolio of Resources

The viability of wind energy was part of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on May 19. (subscription required on the link)  That topic can get energy folks talking. It is a useful op-ed to read no matter where you live, not just New York,…
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A Hot One ... Ready for Summer?

Ready for summer? Or maybe the better question is whether your AC system and wallet are ready. Some people say we are in for a blast. "South Carolina summer expected to be even hotter than normal," said a Charleston Post and Courier story. …
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The 2018 NC Energy Conference

The North Carolina State Energy Conference was held a month ago, April 17-18.  A good crowd. Some 800+ people, which says good things about energy in North Carolina. The event had a pretty broad representation of energy, from generation sources…
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What is a Duck Curve?

If you hang around electricity professionals, you'll likely to eventually hear the term "duck curve." It is a reference to an electricity demand phenomena noticed in California, and it has been around for about ten years now. It has to do with…
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Keep a Carbon-free Energy Advantage

"The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more," said scientist Jonas Salk. Through the energy industry the public can extend an energy source that has provided us a big reward. The opportunity is with nuclear energy and re-licensing…