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Quick Take - Odd Power Outage Anniversary for NYC

NYC had a blackout this weekend - 42 years to the day of the 1977 great blackout. An "equipment failure at one of its [ConEd] substations,” was the cause, said the utility. (Source) The ConEd website said, "...a significant electrical transmission…

QUICK TAKE - One City's Step Toward Energy Independence

This city cut its carbon emission 30 percent. Its leaders decided that energy and environmental goals were more important than politics or old ways of work. Meet Burnsville, Minnesota. Here’s how the town did it.* Republican mayor Elizabeth…

QUICK TAKE - Carolina Carbon-free Nuclear Energy is a Benchmark

Carolinians have an advantage in carbon-free power. One country wants to approach the enviable spot Carolinians enjoy. The power source: Nuclear. Who wants more: Japan. Really, Japan, where in 2011 an earthquake and tsunami caused so…

QUICK TAKE - "Just in Case" Planning

We saw an example of one way all electric providers have to be ready for “just in case” events.  We mean those events that cannot be predicted, just where they may happen, or when, maybe even if they will happen. Still, every power provider…
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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…

Cool Energy Savings - Cool Energy Family

Need $150? Quick and easy. That may be possible with a critical eye on the refrigerator. A refrigerator is one of the big appliances that can take a lot of electricity to run. Old refrigerators can be energy hogs. (Old these days is probably…

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…

Is Nuclear Energy "The Missing Piece" of Climate Change?

Existing nuclear plants are the largest source of no-carbon energy and the foundation for no-carbon electric generation in the US. Reducing carbon in the atmosphere is part of addressing climate change. (ECC has an explanation about carbon…

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…

QUICK TAKE - Hurricane Forecasts for 2019

Weather forecasters call for an average hurricane season in 2019. It only takes being in the path of a hurricane to make it not average, though. ECC is an energy site, so why mention hurricanes and storms? Because storms have a big impact…