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States Are Evolving Electric Vehicle Fees

When drivers do not use gasoline they do not pay gasoline tax. Seems obvious, of course, but state lawmakers are wrestling with that. Electric vehicles (EV) use the roads that gasoline taxes are supposed to maintain. Some states have enacted…

Quick Take – Electric Vehicles Trickle Our Fancy

Electric vehicle (EV) buyers need confidence that they won't have to worry about finding places to charge them when needed. That was the observation from an investment site recently. ECC noticed that column because we just ran several electric…

Quick Take - The Where and When of Vehicle Charging – Part 1

How to charge an electric vehicle is one thing, where and when to charge it is also on the table. Today, the when. Here’s the story that raises the issue for us: Appalachian Power will offer first Virginia electric car time of day charging…
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Quick Take - It's National Drive Electric Week

“It’s National Drive Electric Week, and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are demonstrating their continued commitment to promoting electric vehicles (EV), and their many benefits, with a $1 million investment in rural electric vehicle…
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Quick Take - Cary, NC, Police Chief Electrifies Citizens

The police chief of Cary, NC, is creating a buzz. That is because she drives an electric police vehicle. CBS17, WNCN-TV, reported the story July 18. Neat story. Toni Dezomits became chief in mid-June, after 22 years on the force. She started…

QUICK TAKE – Electric Vehicle Pollution - Possible?

Electric vehicles are emission-free, right? Kind of. Here’s the headline: “Electric cars won’t save the planet without a clean energy overhaul – they could increase pollution.” Some countries plan to eliminate cars running on…

QUICK TAKE - A Different Kind of Fuel Shortage?

Old enough to remember the gasoline shortage? Maybe a new angle on a fuel shortage is coming up. Lithium. It is the stuff of batteries in cars, cell phones … and the race is on between China, the country that controls two-thirds of the…

Electricity + April 1st = April Fuels

People who work in the electric industry get some unusual questions. Befitting April 1, we gathered some questions from utility communicators from across the country. If nothing else, maybe we will bust some urban legends. A number of…

"More Power!" Say Americans

Our nation generated more electricity in 2018 than ever before. Up 4 percent. What may seem odd is that the last record was in 2007, more than ten years ago. That was before the recession, and the weather in 2018 required more power to…
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North Carolina Is Part of a Smart Electricity Task Force

The electric grid of today grew from disparate and unconnected power systems over decades. New technology demands that a heightened long-term approach be taken to make sure we have secure, connected, efficient and affordable electricity.…