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What South Carolina Can Learn About Energy from Texas

South Carolina is a lot like Texas – making news on a national basis when it comes to energy. For failures. Money down the drain. Organizations that failed customer needs. Both states can learn, specially from Texas. Lesson: It is a poor…
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What North Carolina Can Learn About Energy from Texas

North Carolina is setting its energy future. Advice has come in from special interest energy groups and consumer groups. The Governor and legislators have taken initial stands. The utility has proposed an integrated resource plan, which is not…

North Carolina Drops in Southeast Solar Race

North Carolina has enjoyed a pride in being first in the Southeast in solar power. Not anymore. Florida has done good work and will rank first. The ranking comes from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy report, Solar in the Southeast 2020.…

Duke Energy Makes the Most of Former Landfill

Lemons and lemonade, part of an old phrase. Duke Energy shows how to make lemonade. NC regulators have approved a Duke Energy five-megawatt solar project in Buncombe County over a retired county landfill. The generating facility ought…

Will Legislators Keep Spending OPM on Santee Cooper?

The South Carolina General Assembly is debating OPM – Other People’s Money. OPM is a broad term that means cash is not coming from the wallets of people making the decisions. Decision-makers are largely immune from having financial skin…

An Earlier (Official) Start to the Hurricane Season?

Perhaps bowing to the inevitable after the past six hurricane seasons, the National Hurricane Center says it may officially change the start of the hurricane season. The NHC will start issuing Tropical Weather Outlooks starting May 15 this year.…

Women in Energy – Angela Hare

“I had gone through a trial by fire and that helped me get my next job.” Many successful people have that kind of story. A major event imprints a leadership lesson. That is the story of Angela Hare, Vice President of Information Technology,…

Kitty Hawk Makes Another Historic Benchmark

The winds at Kitty Hawk, NC, helped aviation and now energy. The Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project is a more than 120,000-acre proposed offshore wind energy project. It is 27 miles off the Outer Banks. In the planning for years, the project…

Women in Energy Leadership

“Challenge the supposed absolute truths,” distills the leadership advice of a veteran energy leadership coach. For more than a dozen years Sherri Baldwin, Principal of LeadAdvantage, Inc., a Charlotte based leadership development company,…

The Soft Side of Solar

The hard costs of solar have gone down and soft costs have been a source of concern. Hardware costs include all the materials needed to construct the system: module, inverter, racking, and electrical wiring. Soft costs include the…