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U.S. Climate “Normals” Are Hot News

New Normal is a term used when people want to note how much something has changed for the long term. New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration epitomizes that phrase. The New Normal is hot and hotter says NOAA. The agency…

Pipeline Hack Belies Delicate Energy System

Colonial Pipeline, a 5,500 mile pipeline that supplies the Southeast with refined fuels has been hit with a ransomware attack. The line has shut down. As the shutdown continues the supplies of fuel to some filling stations are getting low. (It…

One Renewable Energy Source Burning Hot

In a high-tech energy world the basics seem to come back on a regular basis. Check this one. “In 2020, Georgia generated 5.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity from biomass, or about 10 percent of the nation’s total, the second…

States Need to Show a Pro-Business Disposition to Succeed

Traditional measures of a state’s business sentiment may be changing. Smart states will get ahead of the curve. Texas and Florida are at the top now. Energy and utility companies have been mentioned in the same breath as economic development…

New York Loses Carbon-free Power

It happened this past weekend – New York’s request to eliminate a carbon-free power source came true. Smart? I don’t think so. Here’s the story. The Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear facility, stopped producing power when…

Carolina Utilities Discuss Decarbonization

Achieving a carbon-free electric system takes more than technology. That’s the bottom-line message from a national energy summit that highlighted Carolina utilities. A summary of the event was noted in UtilityDive magazine, as noted below. Technology…

Is There a Hitch in Electrification Efforts?

Electrification is the label for transforming petroleum-based machines (cars, heating systems, stovetops, etc.) into electricity-powered machines. The idea is that as electricity is made with carbon-free sources, these machines run clean compared…

Solar, Wires, Storage Done Right

Energy done right – a combination of solar, storage, and a challenging environment. I like to show examples of people and companies that do their energy work well. Here’s a good one. The companies in this case are HDR, an engineering firm…

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…

Will Legislators Keep Spending OPM on Santee Cooper?

The South Carolina General Assembly is debating OPM – Other People’s Money. OPM is a broad term that means cash is not coming from the wallets of people making the decisions. Decision-makers are largely immune from having financial skin…