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Four Things to Like About the NC Energy Bill

North Carolina has an energy bill - Energy Solutions for North Carolina. The vote in the Senate Wednesday followed a huge public debate, sparked by Governor Cooper's 2019 Clean Energy Plan. The House voted on the compromise bill and Cooper…

Rock-solid Facts About Climate

The feature photo here is my “weather rock.” It’s handy. If it is bright and hot, the sun is out. Wet, it is raining. Gone, incredibly windy. My weather rock is 100% accurate, too. Compared to my weather rock, voluminous climate reports…

Energy Common Sense is Nonpartisan

Every now and then something pops up that hits the nail on the head. I saw that with a Tweet from a North Carolina senator – Paul Newton – and one of his Tweets after an energy debate in the NC Senate. Now I know that some people who…

Both Right and Left Have Good Ideas for North Carolina’s Energy Plan

North Carolina has differences of opinion when it comes to its best energy future. Surprised? I read a column in the Carolina Journal with a headline that nailed the issue: “As the governor touts energy policy of wind and solar, lawmakers…

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…