Nuclear Energy and the Future

Nuclear power should be part of our carbon-free energy future. Construction problems and delays should not define nuclear energy’s science or its potential to meet important climate challenges. Existing nuclear plants are a low-cost source of carbon energy. There are new nuclear technologies that are being developed. The technology ought to have a thoughtful resurgence Read more about Nuclear Energy and the Future[…]

QUICK TAKE – Higher Waves, Faster Winds

Global satellites have collected data on ocean waves and wind for more than three decades. There is news: “…the biggest waves … are getting bigger, thanks to faster winds attributed to climate change.” Change is especially pronounced in southern oceans. One geophysicist calls the increase “substantial,” and, says Science magazine, “He is particularly concerned by Read more about QUICK TAKE – Higher Waves, Faster Winds[…]

Wind Energy Seems Prepared to Take Off

Offshore wind energy is getting a closer examination in North Carolina. Not so much about making electricity, but all the elements that create the industry. The Governor of North Carolina supports a $300,000 study will look at offshore wind energy’s potential economic impact, such as making the parts, providing services and what ports could be Read more about Wind Energy Seems Prepared to Take Off[…]

QUICK TAKE – A Different Kind of Fuel Shortage?

Old enough to remember the gasoline shortage? Maybe a new angle on a fuel shortage is coming up. Lithium. It is the stuff of batteries in cars, cell phones … and the race is on between China, the country that controls two-thirds of the industry, and the U.S., which controls 13 percent of the lithium Read more about QUICK TAKE – A Different Kind of Fuel Shortage?[…]

Is Nuclear Energy “The Missing Piece” of Climate Change?

Existing nuclear plants are the largest source of no-carbon energy and the foundation for no-carbon electric generation in the US. Reducing carbon in the atmosphere is part of addressing climate change. (ECC has an explanation about carbon at the end of this blog.) ECC knows that discussing nuclear energy, especially in South Carolina now, may Read more about Is Nuclear Energy “The Missing Piece” of Climate Change?[…]

QUICK TAKE – Batteries Displace a New Power Plant

Southern California Edison will use battery storage to hold and dispense power instead of building a new natural gas plant. That is something of a break-through in the power industry. Utilities have typically opted for new power plants to ensure they had enough power. Battery storage technology has been advancing and SCE believes it can Read more about QUICK TAKE – Batteries Displace a New Power Plant[…]

Do Light Bulbs Really Make a Difference? Yes!

Light bulbs, small as they are, make for big energy savings. New light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs use some 80 percent less electricity than old incandescent bulbs. LEDs are more efficient to the point that they helped US electric usage flatten and sometimes decline over the years. Why does such a small item like a bulb Read more about Do Light Bulbs Really Make a Difference? Yes![…]

QUICK TAKE – Hurricane Forecasts for 2019

Weather forecasters call for an average hurricane season in 2019. It only takes being in the path of a hurricane to make it not average, though. ECC is an energy site, so why mention hurricanes and storms? Because storms have a big impact on electric systems, and electric service is vital to health and safety. Read more about QUICK TAKE – Hurricane Forecasts for 2019[…]

“Smart and Sturdy” Mark a Hurricane-Prepared Electric Grid

Smart and sturdy – two essential traits to harden an electric system against hurricanes. Utilities up and down the East Coast have been doing that for a long time now. Smart and sturdy can blunt the impact of a storm. Smart: A grid system that can communicate – is networked – so it can isolate Read more about “Smart and Sturdy” Mark a Hurricane-Prepared Electric Grid[…]

QUICK TAKE – Renewables Outpace Coal Power Generation

In April renewable energy exceeded the power made by coal plants. That is something new in the US and is part of a continuing change in the power industry. Two big reasons: Coal has a tough time competing with renewable energy sources anymore. Spring and fall are times when coal plants may be offline for Read more about QUICK TAKE – Renewables Outpace Coal Power Generation[…]