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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 - Personal Preparation is Important for Hurricane Season

Electric service outages happen oftentimes because of bad weather. Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages when violent weather happens. Usually lightning,…

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…

Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer

“Why can’t we just bury the wires?” When it comes to our electric system it is a simple question with no simple answer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas looks at some of the issues about undergrounding electric lines. This is a question…

It is Public Power Week October 7 - 13

All electricity is local, ultimately. All comes back to the customer and the hook-up to a home, school, or business. This week, October 7 to 13, is a time when local electric organizations are recognized in Public Power Week. The Carolinas…
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Talking to (or Tackling) Teens about Hurricane Florence

With all the uncertainty, risk, and news about Hurricane Florence, my colleagues suggested that I write a blog post about talking to children regarding a storm. The suggestion was that it would include great stuff like taking precautions,…

Utility Lineworkers are Role Models of Care

As citizens of the Carolinas shelter and wait for the worst of Hurricane Florence to pass, there are people who will be on the starting block, eager to get outside: Utility linemen and women. As a storm approaches utilities are already…
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Electric Safety - Flood Precautions in Hurricanes and Storms

Wind is an obvious safety issue in hurricanes. Another important aspect of storms is the immense water damage they can cause in rain and tides A number of resources discuss this important concern. ECC is not a safety expert, but here are…
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Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Three rules for the public when it comes to hurricanes: Safety, safety, safety. Other words – preparedness, attentiveness. First, context. We are hearing more comparisons about the potential of Florence and some big storms in the…

How is Power Restored After a Storm?

With all the storms cooking in the Atlantic right now, this is a good time for consumers to know how electricity is restored after a storm. Knowing that helps Carolina customers prepare better “just in case.” A terrific brief explanation…