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QUICK TAKE - One City's Step Toward Energy Independence

This city cut its carbon emission 30 percent. Its leaders decided that energy and environmental goals were more important than politics or old ways of work. Meet Burnsville, Minnesota. Here’s how the town did it.* Republican mayor Elizabeth…

High Tech / High Energy

“FinTech” is the shorthand for new financial technology. Connectivity, data analysis and entrepreneurism enable advances in financial systems: Deposit checks with a phone camera click, instant mortgages, account transfers to name a few. With…

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…

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…

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 …
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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…
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"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…
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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,…

"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…

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…