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Quick Take - Odd Power Outage Anniversary for NYC

NYC had a blackout this weekend - 42 years to the day of the 1977 great blackout. An "equipment failure at one of its [ConEd] substations,” was the cause, said the utility. (Source) The ConEd website said, "...a significant electrical transmission…

Quick Take - The First Gulf Storm of the Summer 2019

Barry is the name of the first tropical or hurricane threat to the Southeast. “The hurricane center still expects Barry to strengthen and become a minimal hurricane before making landfall on Saturday in central Louisiana. And it is projected…

“Coal is clearly on the ropes”

Coal still is a significant chunk of the U.S. electric power pie. That is changing at light-speed for the utility business. Several recent figures mark the decline of coal: Fewer than ten percent of coal plants were built from the 1990s…

QUICK TAKE - One City's Step Toward Energy Independence

This city cut its carbon emission 30 percent. Its leaders decided that energy and environmental goals were more important than politics or old ways of work. Meet Burnsville, Minnesota. Here’s how the town did it.* Republican mayor Elizabeth…
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Renew Our Pledge for Energy Independence

Energy independence has typically meant weaning our nation off oil supplies from other countries. Energy is much more than oil, though. It is electricity, more and more. On this July 4 what energy freedoms are reasonable to desire in…

QUICK TAKE - Carolina Carbon-free Nuclear Energy is a Benchmark

Carolinians have an advantage in carbon-free power. One country wants to approach the enviable spot Carolinians enjoy. The power source: Nuclear. Who wants more: Japan. Really, Japan, where in 2011 an earthquake and tsunami caused so…
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QUICK TAKE - Out of Oil by '28?

There was a report that the US would essentially be out of oil by ’28. Oh, that was 1928. Then it was 1970. Make that 2000. The news now is that the US will soon be a net energy exporter for the first time since after World War II. Much…
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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…
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Carolina Lakes Are Long-term, Protected Treasures

Summertime is lake time in the Carolinas. For good reason. For instance, “Lake Marion, the largest lake in the state, is an outdoor paradise. …It features an abundance of wildlife and a legendary status for record game fish catches,”…

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…