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An Example of Energy Resilience

Resilience means to do what ought to be done to prevent or limit any power outage. Think ahead, plan ahead, take action to prevent a disturbance. There is a good example of that just north of Raleigh. A neighborhood is installing a microgrid.…

An Example of a Home Energy Study

Energy audits can be a great way to improve the energy efficiency of a home. In this blog we’ll look at the summary results of a real audit so you can get a feel for what you might find. We are grateful to the homeowner for this material and…

Getting Power Where It Needs to Be

It is terrific to make electricity, even better to get it to customers. Big issue, especially in light of Texas’ problem. It’s really something that is not top-of-mind for people in general. I thought about that issue as I read a story…

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) and…

A Balancing Act - Low Electric Rates Can Still Mean High Bills

Here’s an energy paradox: “Some states have low electricity prices but residents pay more to power their homes, and others have high prices and low consumer bills. But the occurrence of high prices paired with high bills is rare,” noted…

Do You Sit in Front of the Meter or Behind It?

A concept familiar to electric industry people is what is in front of the meter and what is behind the meter. As the electric consumer becomes a more active participant in electricity managing and buying, it is worth having a basic definition…

What's in an Energy Name?

Since February 2018 Energy Consumers of the Carolinas did a deep dive into the energy environment of the Southeast. Increasingly over those four years, the topics broadened to include other states, too, because other states have a lot to teach…

Four Years of Energy Lessons

The U.S. energy system is just like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Every piece has to be in place to look right. Some pieces are more important because they seem to hold others in place. All pieces need to be exact or the puzzle doesn’t work. That’s…

Solar Panels – Ask About End-of-Life Recycling

Solar panels have decades of life in them, so there is no immediate deluge of panels to recycle. 2050 is the year I have seen cited as when we will see lots of used panels to be managed. Even then, it is hard to say how technology could extend…

State Clean Energy Goals - Highlighting Indiana

Motivational gurus say one way to make a personal goal stick is to make it public. Tell someone so you are driven to make it happen. That is happening with state carbon-free energy goals. By year-end 2021, 31 states and the District of…