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Solar and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven?

“Explore all the options and be diverse,” says Colorado State University research ecologist Alan Knapp about agriculture and energy. I interviewed Knapp about a project he co-leads: Sustainably Co-locating Agricultural and Photovoltaic Electricity…

Solar and Agriculture - Not an “Either/Or” Decision

These are comments you might hear someone say about electricity: No more solar fields. Land is for agriculture. All solar and wind is best, no nuclear. Natural gas is horrible and should be outlawed. A researcher at Colorado…

Electricity: A Complex Industry Becomes More Complex

What is required of utilities and independent power producers in 2022 makes that idea seem basic. Utilities have a lot on their plate in 2022, which may be an inflection year for these companies and their customers. A recent report from…

Lithium Shortage Brings NC Opportunity and Controversy

Growth of electric vehicles may face a supply chain hurdle. Tires? Engine parts? Glass for windshields? Not necessarily. North Carolina is squarely in this issue, too. Lithium, the raw material for EV batteries may face a real shortage. No…

The Ice Storm Cometh. Is Your Electric Grid Prepared?

Bundle up. The “Carolinas could see a ‘significant’ amount of sleet that could quickly coat trees and power lines in frozen rain potentially causing ‘extended’ power outages.” That was in The Hill, a Washington, DC, news source,…

Climate Change and the "Wires" Business - Part 2

The column I posted yesterday said: Changes in climate and your power system are on a collision course. More than 40 percent of Americans live in counties hit by climate disasters in 2021 … more than 80 percent of Americans experienced…

Climate Disaster Meets the Power Grid - The Beginning

Changes in climate and your power system are on a collision course. Some people know it firsthand: More than 40 percent of Americans live in counties hit by climate disasters in 2021 … more than 80 percent of Americans experienced a heatwave.  Match…

Emissions Bounce Back

As the pandemic grew in 2020, CO2 emissions from energy production shrank to a 27-year low. There’s a message in that. Emissions and economic activity go together. The 2020 lockdowns reduced economic activity and reduced energy use.…

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…

Americans’ Support for Nuclear Energy Increases

“American support for nuclear power has grown 10 points from 2018 to 2021. Three years ago, 49% of Americans said they supported nuclear compared to 59% today.” That is a survey result from a national environmental group, ecoAmerica. The…