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, high winds, and ice are the causes. The Southeast is on the cusp of the official start of the Read more about QUICK TAKE – Personal Preparation is Important for Hurricane Season[…]

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 on electric systems, and electric service is vital to health and safety. Read more about QUICK TAKE – Hurricane Forecasts for 2019[…]

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 that comes up following big storms – ice, hurricane, thunderstorms. First some background, explained Read more about Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer[…]

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 have  strong base of public power, organizations electric utility organizations that are  community-owned and not-for-profit. Read more about It is Public Power Week October 7 – 13[…]

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, minimizing risks, reducing hysteria and anxiety. My colleagues know I am a mom so they thought I Read more about Talking to (or Tackling) Teens about Hurricane Florence[…]

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 assessing risk. How much damage will be caused, how many crews will be needed, Read more about Utility Lineworkers are Role Models of Care[…]

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 a few resources that may be helpful, though. Remember to always listen to Read more about Electric Safety – Flood Precautions in Hurricanes and Storms[…]

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 past (from The Weather Center): Florence comparison: A review of monster Carolina hurricanes. Here are a few words from the Read more about Prepare for Hurricane Florence[…]

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 about power restoration is from Duke Energy. (Many thanks to Duke Energy writer Jessica Wells Read more about How is Power Restored After a Storm?[…]

Be “Power Prepared” for Peak Hurricane Season

September 10 is a big date in hurricane season. It is coming up. More on that in a bit. Hurricane season is ramping up if the past holds true. “The peak months for hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific are August through early October,” says the Travel Insurance Review.  Hurricanes are the most intense Read more about Be “Power Prepared” for Peak Hurricane Season[…]