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“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…
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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 - NC Clean Energy Planning - Can You Hear Me Now?

Some people in North Carolina are working on a clean energy plan. That is laudable. Diverse options in energy should be considered in a plan, and considered in an objective, nonpolitical process. Something with regular public updates, and…

What is Renewable Natural Gas?

Turns out there are two kinds of natural gas. One is from the ground. Petroleum exploration and production companies drill and find it in rock formations. The other is from, well, something else. It is called renewable natural gas (RNG)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…