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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?[…]

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 – Getting High Schoolers Ready for Tech Careers

“Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC, believes that teens should engage in a 9-12 grade experience which develops them as being ‘Career and College Ready.’”  That’s what Michael Realon says. He is the academy and community development coordinator  at Olympic. ECC asked Michael to share his experience about getting students ready for science and technical Read more about QUICK TAKE – Getting High Schoolers Ready for Tech Careers[…]

Industries Should Have a Say in NC’s Clean Energy Plan

North Carolina says it wants input on a Clean Energy Plan. Whether significant public input is in the plan depends on people making their voices heard, really heard, not assuming they are heard. A plan will be advanced. Will it have your input or not, especially if you are a business owner? A roundtable session Read more about Industries Should Have a Say in NC’s Clean Energy Plan[…]

“Stay Away from Downed Power Lines”

Severe storms, lightning, tornadoes and straight-line winds made it a challenge to keep the lights on this past week. Hunkering down for the storm is one thing. Staying safe afterwards requires attention, too. A big safety rule: “Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a power line is energized and dangerous, even when power Read more about “Stay Away from Downed Power Lines”[…]

Speak Up About the NC Clean Energy Plan

In North Carolina, your household, health and finances can be impacted by Executive Order No. 80 – North Carolina’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy. This is a process for many citizens to note, not just people in an energy discipline. Far-reaching Impact The process behind the order is Read more about Speak Up About the NC Clean Energy Plan[…]

“More Power!” Say Americans

Our nation generated more electricity in 2018 than ever before. Up 4 percent. What may seem odd is that the last record was in 2007, more than ten years ago. That was before the recession, and the weather in 2018 required more power to meet hotter and colder weather than some previous years. Then there Read more about “More Power!” Say Americans[…]

In Economic Development the Bottom Line Is THE Bottom Line

Utilities are old hands at economic development. Have been for years for good reason. It is enlightened self-interest: A better business environment brings a more stable economy, good workforce and more predictable sales for the business of a utility. Lots of people win, including the public when it is done well. The Southeast has been Read more about In Economic Development the Bottom Line Is THE Bottom Line[…]

North Carolina Is Part of a Smart Electricity Task Force

The electric grid of today grew from disparate and unconnected power systems over decades. New technology demands that a heightened long-term approach be taken to make sure we have secure, connected, efficient and affordable electricity. The Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning is a national group that will tackle regulatory, business and technological issues in a Read more about North Carolina Is Part of a Smart Electricity Task Force[…]

Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer

“Why can’t we just bury the wires?” When it comes to our electric system it is a simple question with no simple answer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas looks at some of the issues about undergrounding electric lines. This is a question that comes up following big storms – ice, hurricane, thunderstorms. First some background, explained Read more about Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer[…]