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Canals May be Good Solar Locations

“Covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals could save billions of gallons of water and generate renewable power for the state every year,” says a study from the University of California/Merced. The study covers a lot of ground,…

Wind Turbines Don’t Always Spin

Drive by a multi-tower wind farm and some of the blades may not be turning. Why? I wondered, and reached out to Katharine Kollins, President, Southeastern Wind Coalition. “Like any large machines, wind turbines require regular maintenance.…

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…

Texans Reflect on the Weather and Energy Emergency

The economic toll of the February cold weather in Texas recently is pegged at $295 billion. Worse, preliminary deaths are 111. That figure could change. With the disaster in the rearview mirror the assessments of how people see the event is…
The Santee Cooper Contagion Effect
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The Santee Cooper Contagion

An infection may be festering in South Carolina. Senator Wes Climer labeled it as a contagion. He busted a fallacy – that the state isn’t on the hook for Santee Cooper’s debt. It was part of the discussion in a March 30 Senate Judiciary…

Solar Energy and the Importance of Oversight

Here’s a question about solar energy. “Think about the last time you bought a vacuum cleaner. Did a well-dressed man show up to your door mid-day and drag a heavy bag of equipment to display in your living room?” (Source) That is how…

How Utilities Compare on Shift to Solar

Our energy future is pressing on us. Right now. Nationwide, some $338 billion in energy generation, transmission, and distribution upgrades are needed by 2039. Meeting this investment need would reduce brownouts and outages, save businesses…

Old Scam is Adapted to Electric Service

“Slamming” is an illegal tactic by some unscrupulous telecom services. What happens is that customers signed up with their regular cell or wireline service get switched to an independent cell or wire retailer, totally without the customer’s…

There Are No Free Energy Lunches

“Although advertised as ‘free’ energy, wind and solar have always increased the cost of electricity delivered to the end user.” That op-ed comment in a Virginia newspaper raises to me several issues important to know about energy. The…

We Aren’t Yet to the Hard Part on Emissions Reduction

Think about reducing carbon emissions for a bit. What do you think about? Power plants and energy companies usually come to mind. How about Etsy? Yeah, the online retailer. Reducing emissions is an “everybody in the pool” proposition.…