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Renewable Does Not Equal Carbon-free

Labels get tossed around a lot. They can carry a lot of weight. A couple popular labels in the energy space deserve clarity since they are in the news a lot: Renewable and carbon-free. Both are good. They do not mean the same thing. Not all…

Texas’ Test in the Recent Cold Snap Was More of a Pop Quiz

Texas had a February 2022 cold snap about a year after its killer freeze of 2021. The 2022 test was more of a pop quiz than a test. Or, “Last year we had a heavyweight come into the ring and just knock the crap out of us. And this year, we…

Energy Wishes for 2022

The energy word for 2022 is TRANSITION. Yes, the transition to a cleaner system and probably a higher degree of consumer interface is expected, but there are a few less obvious possibilities to consider, too. The wish: More electric vehicle…

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…