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Renewable Does Not Equal Carbon-free

Labels get tossed around a lot. They can carry a lot of weight. A couple popular labels in the energy space deserve clarity since they are in the news a lot: Renewable and carbon-free. Both are good. They do not mean the same thing. Not all…

Nuclear Energy is about the 60’s - the 2060's

Nuclear energy is about the 60’s – the 2060's. I recall that from an energy roundtable in Charlotte. It was about a dozen years ago at a citizens’ forum about nuclear power. Young energy professionals said nuclear energy needs to be…

Small Businesses Can Decarbonize, and Benefit, too

Big companies are decarbonizing their operations. I wrote about that recently, citing Costco’s efforts. What about the millions of small and midsize companies, which don’t have the resources of large companies? “They need support,”…

Nuclear Power: Two Energy Stories, One Conclusion

Serendipity. Two energy stories appeared at about the same time and tell a big story.  These are the headlines: Nuclear power is on the rise. And it could be the best way to nail zero-emissions. 3 states with shuttered nuclear plants see…

Transportation is #1 in Emissions

Electric companies have been the focus of carbon emissions for years. It is almost knee-jerk to look to the power sector on emissions. Understandable, as coal was a mainstay of power generation. Coal has decreased as a part of power generation,…

Rotisserie Chicken Meets Energy Emissions

Regular folks are having a bigger voice in the way companies manage energy and emissions. That is the signal from a shareholder vote at Costco’s January annual meeting, where shareholders supported by 56% a vote to address greenhouse emissions…

Power Plants Make Transition; Reduce Carbon

Two power plants have changed to reduce carbon emissions. The Indiantown Cogeneration Plant stopped operation at the very end of 2020. Florida Power and Light (FPL) bought the coal facility three years ago so it could be shut down. NextEra…

Good-bye Carbon-free Power. We’ll Miss You.

“Nuclear generating capacity will account for the largest share of total [power generating] capacity retirements” in 2021. That means a lot of carbon-free power generation goes offline in 2021, at a time when people want more carbon-free…

Duke Energy to Re-license Nuclear Plants

Some nuclear plants in the Carolinas will apply for second license extensions as one part of an overall strategy to lower carbon emissions. Duke Energy’s news release: “'Our nuclear power plants have safely and reliably provided electricity…

QUICK TAKE - One City's Step Toward Energy Independence

This city cut its carbon emission 30 percent. Its leaders decided that energy and environmental goals were more important than politics or old ways of work. Meet Burnsville, Minnesota. Here’s how the town did it.* Republican mayor Elizabeth…