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What Impact does Electricity have on Real Estate

As I learn more about electricity, I began to wonder, “What impact does energy efficiency have on home sales?” Stephanie Cauller of Hilton Head Home Group with RE/MAX Island Realty shared some observations from the South Carolina low country.…
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IMO - An Energy Educator Looks at Energy Technology

An occasional feature on Energy Consumers of the Carolinas is “In My Opinion” (IMO). We pose a set of customer-oriented questions to various people involved in the electric energy discipline. This column is from a discussion with Travis…
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The Calendar Says the Heat Is On - Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018 is the start of summer. We can expect “famously hot” (as a Columbia slogan says) weather across the Carolinas.  WIST-TV, Columbia, even said, "Dangerous heat moves into the Midlands." WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham: "The first heat…
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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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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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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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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…