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Be Alert to Changes in Hurricanes

“Time for the most active part of hurricane season,” said Jacksonville’s WJXT meteorologist Mark Collins. “The season is about to go into overdrive,” he added, “75% of all tropical activity typically occurs after Aug. 28.” That…

Home Power Generator Safety is Critical

Hurricane Laura had a message: “The U.S. toll from the Category 4 hurricane rose to 16 deaths Saturday, with more than half of those killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators.” (Source) Another headline:…

Something to Think About - UAE Nuclear Plant Starts Up

“The UAE, OPEC's third-largest oil producer, started producing nuclear energy from a 1.4 GW nuclear reactor, becoming the first country in the Gulf to use such a source for power generation.” (Source) Pretty big news for an oil-rich country.…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 26: 2020 - What Have We Learned

Halfway through 2020 and the year is nothing if not unusual. True for the world and also for energy. This Energy Consumers Weekend will look at the changes and a constant in energy. The boom busted early in 2020, across the board. People…

An Interview with the Leader of the US Energy Association

Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA). Through its membership, USEA represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector. In his role, he represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy…

It’s Electric Co-op Meeting Season

Electric cooperatives are a special breed of energy company. They really exemplify so much of what we consider traditional values in our nation, what has built our nation. Electric co-ops serve about 20 million Americans. A centerpiece of…

Utility Teamwork is Essential to Serve Customers

Getting power to customers and keeping the power on may have been a hallmark of success for utilities in the past. Not anymore. It is bigger than that. There are more dimensions to be a utility now. Successful companies tap strategic vendors,…

The Next Shoe to Drop? Utility/Customer Finances Pressed By Virus

Hold on tight as the next shoe drops with the pandemic, recession, and utility bills. Smaller utility operations in particular could have a tough time. Here’s a blunt assessment: “One looming problem involves the more than 80 N.C. cities…

Quick Take - Safety First - Call Before You Dig

Homeowners are out in force in their yards. Time for a quick safety reminder. Call 811 before you or anyone you hire starts to dig in your yard. “One of the most potentially hazardous situations in residential areas, industrial plants and…

“Wires” Need Center Stage in the Electric Industry

Making electricity gets a lot of press. Generation is the sexy side of the industry – solar, wind, hydro. Even energy conservation is viewed as appealing. The transmission and distribution side of the industry isn’t so lucky. T&D…