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Get Ready for a Hot Summer

“Temperatures are forecast to be hotter than average in the East this summer,” says the National Weather Service. This map shows the forecast for the nation. Yes, the Carolinas are in the hot part of the map. While the Summer Solstice…

Nuclear Energy and the Future

Nuclear power should be part of our carbon-free energy future. Construction problems and delays should not define nuclear energy’s science or its potential to meet important climate challenges. Existing nuclear plants are a low-cost…

QUICK TAKE - Higher Waves, Faster Winds

Global satellites have collected data on ocean waves and wind for more than three decades. There is news: “...the biggest waves ... are getting bigger, thanks to faster winds attributed to climate change." Change is especially pronounced in…

QUICK TAKE - A Different Kind of Fuel Shortage?

Old enough to remember the gasoline shortage? Maybe a new angle on a fuel shortage is coming up. Lithium. It is the stuff of batteries in cars, cell phones … and the race is on between China, the country that controls two-thirds of the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

"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…

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.…