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An Example of Energy Resilience

Resilience means to do what ought to be done to prevent or limit any power outage. Think ahead, plan ahead, take action to prevent a disturbance. There is a good example of that just north of Raleigh. A neighborhood is installing a microgrid.…

Policymakers Have a Habit of Making Inefficient Markets

“An RTO is an industrial purchasing bureau, similar to the Soviet construction.” RTO = regional transmission organization, and it is being “studied” as something to implement in the Carolinas, if not the whole Southeast. The…

What is Renewable Natural Gas?

Turns out there are two kinds of natural gas. One is from the ground. Petroleum exploration and production companies drill and find it in rock formations. The other is from, well, something else. It is called renewable natural gas (RNG) and…

Utility Lineworkers are Role Models of Care

As people wait for hurricanes, thunderstorms, or ice storms to pass, there are other people who will be on the starting block, eager to get outside: Utility linemen and women. As storms approach and pass utilities are already assessing…

Severe Weather in the West; US Southeast Should Prepare

California and the Pacific Northwest have had rain and winds that have made national news. Some predicted the equivalent of a Cat 3 hurricane along the Washington coast. Why should the American Southeast care? Because it is emblematic of…

RTOs: Money Saver or Taker?

There is a "potato / potahhto" energy issue in the Carolinas. The Carolinas are looking at creating a super-buyer of power to then distribute to citizens. It is called an RTO (regional transmission organization). It is fair to say that some…

“Strip Away the Blue-sky Spin” in the RTO Debate

Having a grid operator makes a lot of sense according to one energy expert. That grid operator is an RTO – regional transmission organization. There’s a catch, though. “So far nobody has figured out how to do it the right way,” says…

Energy Jobs Will Grow

The top two fastest-growing jobs in the next 10 years that do not require a college degree are in energy. That is what a Bureau of Labor Statistics report says. Those jobs are in new energy technologies – wind energy technicians and solar…

A Single State RTO is South Carolina’s One Car Parade

Have you ever seen a one-car parade? Get ready. South Carolina takes its first step in an electric market restructuring process. It could change how South Carolinians get their electricity, how much electricity, and what they pay. A legislative…

Throw the BS Flag on Part of the Energy Debate

Someone needs to throw the BS flag on a part of the energy debate in the Carolinas. Consider it thrown. Last week the South Carolina legislature’s committee to investigate a regional transmission organization (RTO) convened. Perhaps investigate…