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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![…]

What Are Green Bonds?

The story: “Duke Energy Progress issued $600 million in bonds to finance eligible green energy projects, including solar energy projects in North Carolina and South Carolina.” (Charlotte Business Journal) What is a green bond? A bond is a financial instrument an organization uses to borrow money. Companies (examples: IBM or Kimberly Clark) and governments (federal, Read more about What Are Green Bonds?[…]

Energy Employees Create a Buzz in the Community

This week is National Volunteer Week, and Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 18. There is a common thread in both – values. Recent news stories about “lineman rodeos” show the dedication and hard work of these electric industry people. A look at electric company websites report stories of many employees working in the community. While Read more about Energy Employees Create a Buzz in the Community[…]

Five Interesting Energy Stories – March 2019

ECC has a quick round-up of energy activities and people in the Carolinas and around us to help our readers see the big picture of energy. Coal Country Energy Without the Coal Here’s one way to look at an existing energy asset in a new way. “Southwest Virginia lawmakers are looking to pumped-storage hydro and Read more about Five Interesting Energy Stories – March 2019[…]

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[…]

Three Kinds of Electric Utilities Serve the Carolinas

There are different kinds of electric utilities in the Carolinas. People may not even think about them because if electric service is running properly, well, why think about it? With the headlines in our states over the past several years about ownership of electric companies and services and rates, this may be a good time Read more about Three Kinds of Electric Utilities Serve the Carolinas[…]

One Year Ago, BRRRR!

Think back about one year. Here was the headline: “Duke Energy wants you to conserve electricity during cold snap.” It was just more than a year ago that Duke set a single-day record for electric demand (January 5). We have not had anything like it yet this season, but it could be just around the Read more about One Year Ago, BRRRR![…]

Carolina 2019 New Year’s Energy Resolutions

2019! Can you feel the energy? You will. Carolina electricity consumers have a chance to make a lot of changes in their energy use, so ECC is offering-up some ideas for our readers – 2019 energy resolutions. There’s a quote from Louis L’Amour, the author of western  novels, that applies to Carolina energy in 2019: Read more about Carolina 2019 New Year’s Energy Resolutions[…]

With the First Winter Blast to the Carolinas, Thank a Utility Lineworker

With the first big storm of the 2018-19 winter now having hit, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas decided to revisit a blog that got a lot of attention following the hurricanes that hit the Carolinas. It is about the line workers who put themselves out in the cold, wet and dangerous weather to maintain our Read more about With the First Winter Blast to the Carolinas, Thank a Utility Lineworker[…]

When Do Power Outages Happen?

When do outages happen? Answer: All the time, but for various reasons. Over the past several months, Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages when violent weather happens. Usually lightning, high winds, and ice are the causes. What about outages other Read more about When Do Power Outages Happen?[…]