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Energy Consumer Weekend – May 22

Our feature image this week is not an homage to Mary Poppins. It does show that for all the big investments that are made in our electric grid, sometimes simple things can have a big impact. The photo is from the Vail (Colorado) Daily newspaper.…

An Example of a Home Energy Study

Energy audits can be a great way to improve the energy efficiency of a home. In this blog we’ll look at the summary results of a real audit so you can get a feel for what you might find. We are grateful to the homeowner for this material…

Quick Take – Storm Season is Early, Again

Seems eerily familiar, doesn’t it? A tropical storm forms in the Atlantic Ocean before the official start of hurricane season, June 1. The feature image is from NOAA late Sunday afternoon. Say hello to Arthur, the storm. ECC writes…

Energy Consumer Weekend - May 15

Our feature image is from a friend who safely shot a view from his windshield. It's traffic in the North Carolina Triangle at rush hour on a weekday. Doesn’t look like a rush hour, does it? The lack of traffic means that here isn’t…

One Energy Story, Many Viewpoints

Opinions and viewpoints. Everybody seems to have many of them. Even a story that seems to be good news generates lots of opinions. A friend reminded me that, "In political science this is known as Miles' Law:  Where you stand depends on…

What is Ahead for Nuclear?

Nuclear power has played a big part in Carolina energy. Both Carolinas get significant power from nuclear energy: About a third for NC and about half for SC. One of the people who has been involved in the industry in the Carolinas is Steve…

Quick Take - Saving Energy Takes Deep, Deliberate Action

People in poverty and in older buildings have less energy efficient lives. That is a one sentence takeaway from a report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The report is called, Taking Stock: Links between Local Policy…

Energy Consumer Weekend - May 8

Our feature image was taken in Charleston, South Carolina. This sedate street has the same feel of other streets across the nation. While some areas are re-opening a lot of hunkering down is still happening. We opted for this serene photo to…

Quick Take – Cities Working on Clean Power Efforts

“155 cities have committed to 100 percent community-wide renewable energy.” That’s a lot. A column written for the World Resources Institute notes that statistic and says that cities are on the cutting edge of energy policies. The…

Quick Take – Map Tool Aids Carbon Understanding

“Ontario is currently operating, this morning, as the lowest carbon intensity electricity grid...in the world. Thanks in large part to our strong nuclear and hydroelectric stations.” I saw that recently posted by someone at Ontario…