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North Carolina Partnership Advances Solar Power

Think about solar energy and you think of – Wells Fargo – right? Yeah, trick question. In North Carolina that is the case. A collaboration between Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, NextEra Energy, and in Catawba County advances solar power…

2021 Sees Big Renewable Energy Additions

“Wind and solar will represent more than two-thirds of new energy production to come online in 2021, while battery storage capacity is set to quadruple over the next year” reports UtilityDive magazine. Electric generation additions are…

Quick Take - Driller Hits Power Gusher

Saskatchewan driller hits 'gusher' with ground-breaking geothermal well. Terrific headline. It goes on: A first for Canada and the world, the well can produce enough electricity to power 3,000 homes. Here’s what happened. Deep Earth Energy…

Will Natural Gas Prices Blunt Renewable Growth?

Everyone likes a bargain, right? Depends on how that bargain is handled.  Depends on the smarts of the utility to be able to use that trend well for customers. That is the discussion as the Energy Information Agency said that for the…
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Energy and Ag Industries Team Up in NC

Teamwork won recognition in the North Carolina electric industry recently. For good reason. A project that combines agriculture, waste control, power generation and electric industry research has made a mark in the power industry. “Butler…
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QUICK TAKE - NC Clean Energy Planning - Can You Hear Me Now?

Some people in North Carolina are working on a clean energy plan. That is laudable. Diverse options in energy should be considered in a plan, and considered in an objective, nonpolitical process. Something with regular public updates, and…

QUICK TAKE – Electric Vehicle Pollution - Possible?

Electric vehicles are emission-free, right? Kind of. Here’s the headline: “Electric cars won’t save the planet without a clean energy overhaul – they could increase pollution.” Some countries plan to eliminate cars running on…

Wind Energy Seems Prepared to Take Off

Offshore wind energy is getting a closer examination in North Carolina. Not so much about making electricity, but all the elements that create the industry. The Governor of North Carolina supports a $300,000 study will look at offshore wind…

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.…

Energy 2018: What is Clean Energy?

Technology enables increasingly finer measurement of pollution and efficiency for people who make or use electricity. Sophistication of metrics change the way we can define what clean. As we end 2018 we are reflecting on a few of the…