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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…

Peering into the Future - Energy Trends in 2021

“There’s not going to be a whole lot of difference between the last day of 2020 and the first day of 2021.” That is a quote from the leader of the North Carolina Utility Commission Public Staff in a recent webinar. As writers strain…

A Look Back at 2020

In roughly 200 blogs since January 1, 2020, ECC assessed the energy picture in the Carolinas, and certainly well beyond the Carolinas. Energy is a big subject, bigger than two states. That is probably the biggest lesson of the year for everyone…

Energy Consumers are Interested in What’s Behind the Meter

Behind the meter, or in front of the meter. Where are you in your home? Lots of people wonder based on the ECC blogs with the most traffic. Our descriptions of in front of, and behind the meter have been long-term hits. So let’s review this…

Renewables Unstoppable During Pandemic

“Less power is being used during the pandemic. Less power means less use of coal to make power. Coal is stacking up, unused and un-needed is some places. Coal has not been the fuel-of-choice for some time. Electric generation from coal has…

Energy Consumer Weekend: New Nuclear Edition

A friend of mine from a medium-sized Illinois town was visiting Anchorage, Alaska. Walking a downtown sidewalk, he was enjoying his time away. Just down the street a car briefly beeped its horn. He turned, thinking, “I wonder who it is?” It…

Carolina Energy Leaders Team-up for Hydrogen Research

Three Carolina energy leaders - Siemens Energy, Duke Energy, and Clemson University – will research the use of hydrogen for energy storage and as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to produce energy. The testbed will be Duke Energy’s combined…

NextEra Recognized for Environment, Social and Governance Performance

NextEra Energy received the Energy Transition Award from international financial research firm S&P Global Platts. “The utility company bested nine other finalists for the important environment, social and governance (ESG) title,” said…

Weekend Energy Consumer – Holiday Safety Edition

Steal an idea from Santa this holiday season: Check everything twice. That’s important as you use electricity. Wise use of power can affect your health, safety, and bank account. ECC checked various sources about the ways to improve our holiday…

Energy Users Vote Everyday

Election Day. Thought it would never get here, didn’t you? Every four years, and for much of the time in between candidates for political office are on the air and on the web to say either what they have done, or what they will do if elected. This…