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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 at the end of this blog.) ECC knows that discussing nuclear energy, especially in South Carolina now, may Read more about Is Nuclear Energy “The Missing Piece” of Climate Change?[…]

QUICK TAKE – Batteries Displace a New Power Plant

Southern California Edison will use battery storage to hold and dispense power instead of building a new natural gas plant. That is something of a break-through in the power industry. Utilities have typically opted for new power plants to ensure they had enough power. Battery storage technology has been advancing and SCE believes it can Read more about QUICK TAKE – Batteries Displace a New Power Plant[…]

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 and sometimes decline over the years. Why does such a small item like a bulb Read more about Do Light Bulbs Really Make a Difference? Yes![…]

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[…]

“Smart and Sturdy” Mark a Hurricane-Prepared Electric Grid

Smart and sturdy – two essential traits to harden an electric system against hurricanes. Utilities up and down the East Coast have been doing that for a long time now. Smart and sturdy can blunt the impact of a storm. Smart: A grid system that can communicate – is networked – so it can isolate Read more about “Smart and Sturdy” Mark a Hurricane-Prepared Electric Grid[…]

QUICK TAKE – Renewables Outpace Coal Power Generation

In April renewable energy exceeded the power made by coal plants. That is something new in the US and is part of a continuing change in the power industry. Two big reasons: Coal has a tough time competing with renewable energy sources anymore. Spring and fall are times when coal plants may be offline for Read more about QUICK TAKE – Renewables Outpace Coal Power Generation[…]

Graduation Season – A Season of Opportunity

As students across the Carolinas graduate this year, there is an industry that has open arms for them: The electric industry. An additional 1.5 million power industry workers will be needed nationwide in years to come, on top of the roughly one million now. “New technologies are changing the skill sets in demand in the Read more about Graduation Season – A Season of Opportunity[…]

Industries Should Have a Say in NC’s Clean Energy Plan

North Carolina says it wants input on a Clean Energy Plan. Whether significant public input is in the plan depends on people making their voices heard, really heard, not assuming they are heard. A plan will be advanced. Will it have your input or not, especially if you are a business owner? A roundtable session Read more about Industries Should Have a Say in NC’s Clean Energy Plan[…]

“Stay Away from Downed Power Lines”

Severe storms, lightning, tornadoes and straight-line winds made it a challenge to keep the lights on this past week. Hunkering down for the storm is one thing. Staying safe afterwards requires attention, too. A big safety rule: “Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a power line is energized and dangerous, even when power Read more about “Stay Away from Downed Power Lines”[…]

Energy Employees Create a Buzz in the Community

This week is National Volunteer Week, and Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 18. There is a common thread in both – values. Recent news stories about “lineman rodeos” show the dedication and hard work of these electric industry people. A look at electric company websites report stories of many employees working in the community. While Read more about Energy Employees Create a Buzz in the Community[…]