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Energy Consumer Weekend - June 12

As a consumer you may hope to support companies that claim to be energy-efficient and environmentally conscious. Your dollars are your votes in the free enterprise system. How can you know what the company says has merit? Or, when a statement…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 5

You know that catch phrase from the cell phone commercial. It applies to a story that we saw recently. We like to pass along jobs well done in the energy industry and we think this one ought to lead our weekend edition. The Richland Electric…

Quick Take - Emissions Are Down, Kind Of

As if to show how complicated energy and emissions are a study was reported recently that says the use of coal for power generation is the lowest since 1975 and helped drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. “That’s the largest year-on-year…

Quick Take – A Homeowner Battery Pilot Test

Some homeowners in Michigan are pilot-testing battery power storage. Recently we wrote about the digital transformation of the electric industry and said that customers may have the chance to test new ideas. This is one of them. Consumers…

A Digital Transformation Is Critical for Energy Success

Electricity is going from a mass produced to personal service. Making and delivering electricity is already mighty sophisticated as a business, and electric companies must still technologically up their game. “Two-thirds of businesses…

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…