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Lots of Energy at the South Carolina Clean Energy Conference

South Carolina has no lack of energy topics, good actions, and opinions. That’s what I took from the robust discussions at the South Carolina Clean Energy Conference in Columbia last week. During the conference I felt a pervasive sense…
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Santee Cooper Names Two New Executives

Santee Cooper has named two new executives. Mark Bonsall as CEO and Charles Duckworth as Deputy CEO. These are a new names in the Carolinas. Until his 2018 retirement, Bonsall was the chief executive of the Salt River Project [SRP], a…

“Coal is clearly on the ropes”

Coal still is a significant chunk of the U.S. electric power pie. That is changing at light-speed for the utility business. Several recent figures mark the decline of coal: Fewer than ten percent of coal plants were built from the 1990s…

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…
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Renew Our Pledge for Energy Independence

Energy independence has typically meant weaning our nation off oil supplies from other countries. Energy is much more than oil, though. It is electricity, more and more. On this July 4 what energy freedoms are reasonable to desire in…
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QUICK TAKE - Out of Oil by '28?

There was a report that the US would essentially be out of oil by ’28. Oh, that was 1928. Then it was 1970. Make that 2000. The news now is that the US will soon be a net energy exporter for the first time since after World War II. Much…

Get Ready for a Hot Summer

“Temperatures are forecast to be hotter than average in the East this summer,” says the National Weather Service. This map shows the forecast for the nation. Yes, the Carolinas are in the hot part of the map. While the Summer Solstice…

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…

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…