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Quick Take - An Express Lane to Honor Utility Line Workers

Drivers in North Carolina can honor utility line workers now with a special license plate. The Keep the Lights On plate will soon be available. The extra charge for the plate will go to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Heath…
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NC Clean Energy Planning – Supporting Documents Posted

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality has posted more documents for its draft Clean Energy Plan. The supporting documents explain various parts of the energy plan process and input. The round-up page is here. The NC DEQ…

Quick Take - Posted - A Draft NC Clean Energy Plan

North Carolina has posted a draft “Clean Energy Plan” for public comment. The state website announcing the plan says: After a robust stakeholder process, DEQ has prepared a draft of the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan for public…
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NC: Hammer Home Simplicity for Electric Customers

A North Carolina bill has been making its way through the system that changes some rules on electric rates. Depending on which source reports the story it is a great milestone of electric rate history or it is abysmal. As this is being written…

Quick Take - The First Gulf Storm of the Summer 2019

Barry is the name of the first tropical or hurricane threat to the Southeast. “The hurricane center still expects Barry to strengthen and become a minimal hurricane before making landfall on Saturday in central Louisiana. And it is projected…

“Coal is clearly on the ropes”

Coal still is a significant chunk of the U.S. electric power pie. That is changing at light-speed for the utility business. Several recent figures mark the decline of coal: Fewer than ten percent of coal plants were built from the 1990s…

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…
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Renew Our Pledge for Energy Independence

Energy independence has typically meant weaning our nation off oil supplies from other countries. Energy is much more than oil, though. It is electricity, more and more. On this July 4 what energy freedoms are reasonable to desire in…

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…

High Tech / High Energy

“FinTech” is the shorthand for new financial technology. Connectivity, data analysis and entrepreneurism enable advances in financial systems: Deposit checks with a phone camera click, instant mortgages, account transfers to name a few. With…