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Weekend Energy Consumer - Aug. 21

Hurricanes are the big news weather events when it comes to power outages in the Southeast. Recently Tropical Storm Isaias made a big impression in New England’s power system. “New York and Connecticut officials chided electric utilities…

Quick Take – Why Does Ice Cause Power Outages?

Ice. That’s a heavy topic. Really. Especially when it comes to power lines. Here we are at what is often the coldest part of the coldest month of the year, January. North and South Carolina have had some memorable ice storms, some…

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,…

Electricity + April 1st = April Fuels

People who work in the electric industry get some unusual questions. Befitting April 1, we gathered some questions from utility communicators from across the country. If nothing else, maybe we will bust some urban legends. A number of…

With the First Winter Blast to the Carolinas, Thank a Utility Lineworker

With the first big storm of the 2018-19 winter now having hit, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas decided to revisit a blog that got a lot of attention following the hurricanes that hit the Carolinas. It is about the line workers who put…
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When Do Power Outages Happen?

When do outages happen? Answer: All the time, but for various reasons. Over the past several months, Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages…
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Blog 2 - These Veterans Give Us Energy

Companies in the energy industry and veterans do well together. ECC has noted that each workplace – energy and military – share traits required for success. A discipline, focus. This is the second of five blogs from Energy Consumers…

Electrical Safety After the Storm

(NOTE: October 10, 2018 - Two tropical storms or hurricanes in one month foe the Carolinas. Florence and Michael. Carolinians have to be ready for storms all the time during hurricane season.) Hurricane Florence leaves the Carolinas…

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…