North Carolina’s first electric lights sizzled to life in 1881. Arc lamps ran off a rotor inside a magnetic field. It was a cotton mill in Salem, NC. Almost 140 years later:
As of May 2021, North Carolina ranks 3rd place for total solar power capacity.
Hydroelectric power is the second-largest source of renewable generation in North Carolina
North Carolina has 112 public and private fueling stations that supply diesel fuel blended with at least 20% biodiesel. About one-seventh of the nation’s total biodiesel fueling stations are in North Carolina.
North Carolina was sixth among the states in electricity net generation from nuclear power in 2019, about 5% of the nation’s total. Nuclear power recaptured the top spot in 2019 as the largest source of North Carolina’s electricity generation, surpassing natural gas to provide about 32% of in-state electricity.
North Carolina consumes almost four times more energy than it produces. Total energy consumption per capita in North Carolina is among the lowest one-third of the states.
NC ranks in the 10 states with the lowest per capita petroleum use, but its annual expenditures for gasoline is in the top 10 states.
More than four-fifths of the petroleum consumed in NC is used by the transportation sector, primarily as motor gasoline and diesel fuel.
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Teamwork won recognition in the North Carolina electric industry recently. For good reason. A project that combines agriculture, waste control, power generation and electric industry research has made a mark in the power industry.
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“It’s National Drive Electric Week, and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are demonstrating their continued commitment to promoting electric vehicles (EV), and their many benefits, with a $1 million investment in rural electric vehicle…
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“Today’s energy consumers … want more than affordable and reliable electricity from their utilities.” That is according to Curtis Wynn, president and CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative in Ahoskie, North Carolina. He is also president…
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North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality has posted more documents for its draft Clean Energy Plan. The supporting documents explain various parts of the energy plan process and input. The round-up page is here.
The NC DEQ…
A North Carolina bill has been making its way through the system that changes some rules on electric rates. Depending on which source reports the story it is a great milestone of electric rate history or it is abysmal. As this is being written…
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The police chief of Cary, NC, is creating a buzz. That is because she drives an electric police vehicle. CBS17, WNCN-TV, reported the story July 18. Neat story.
Toni Dezomits became chief in mid-June, after 22 years on the force. She started…