, , ,

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…
, , ,

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,…
, ,

Do You Sit In Front of the Meter Or Behind It?

A concept familiar to electric industry people is what is in front of the meter and what is behind the  meter. As the electric consumer becomes a more active participant in electricity managing and buying, it is worth having a basic definition…
, , ,

Energy Facts: Energy Profile of North and South Carolina

The U.S. Energy Information Agency has an easy way to find out the energy profiles of the Carolinas. Interesting to see it laid out for a fast reference. Note, though, that while these figures were released in August, 2017, they reflect 2015…
, , ,

Just Facts: How is electricity used in U.S. homes?

The electric industry is changing for the consumer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas is exploring various ways this is happening. Here's one aspect of electric consumption. Wonder what uses up the most household electricity? Knowing home…