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Is Air Cleaner During the Pandemic?

Air pollution is declining during the Coronavirus pandemic. Fewer miles are driven. Manufacturing is reduced. Offices shutdown. We see the results as less carbon-based fuels being used. The change is significant and fast. “This is the…

Quick Take – 2020 Hurricane Forecast Released

Expect 14-18 tropical storms during this upcoming season, seven to nine are expected hurricanes, and two to four are expected to be major hurricanes. Hurricane season if officially June 1 to November 30. “It’s going to be an above-normal…

How a Utility Contributes to a Strong Service Territory

Essential services is a term tossed around a lot during the pandemic. My mind immediately goes to utilities when the words are mentioned. Electric utilities are a bedrock of essential services. Yet headlines about utilities in the past…

Quick Take - Home Is Where the Hard-drive Is For Utility Workers

Utility companies are among those industries that keep emergency plans and business continuity plans up-to-date all the time. These plans are a big help with the pandemic that is happening. As shelter-at-home mandates are declared, some utility…

Spring (and Tree Trimming) Are in the Air

Springtime is almost here. Plants will grow. Temps rise. BBQs get fired up. For many homeowners, utility company tree trimmers will also be around. ECC thought about that when it saw Union Power’s good LinkedIn message: “During the…

Will Natural Gas Prices Blunt Renewable Growth?

Everyone likes a bargain, right? Depends on how that bargain is handled.  Depends on the smarts of the utility to be able to use that trend well for customers. That is the discussion as the Energy Information Agency said that for the…

Quick Take – Lowdown on the Slowdown: Power Use Drops

Reduced demand for electric power is a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The first signs of demand reduction for power are out there. The Mid-Atlantic region reports that a typical 100,000-megawatt day was just 94,000 on the first day of…

Tough Times for Debt-laden Companies Like Santee Cooper?

A booming economy helps all companies. Corporate sins are easier to hide when money is coming in. Not so in a bad economy. Dollars are short. Jobs lost. Household budgets crunched. Frankly, it is galling to pay extra hard-earned dollars…

Quick Take – NC Coop Leader Talks Trust

Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s  CEO and president Curtis Wynn has been in our blogs before. He has a keen eye for the future of the electric industry. “Trusted Energy Investors,” was the role Wynn says coops need to achieve. ECC sees…

Quick Take – Nuclear Energy as a Renewable Energy

Nuclear energy ought to be classified as a “renewable energy” source says a member of California’s Legislature. Really. This is not April 1st or a warp in time. The debate is happening with the 2024 scheduled closing of the coastal…