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High Tech / High Energy

“FinTech” is the shorthand for new financial technology. Connectivity, data analysis and entrepreneurism enable advances in financial systems: Deposit checks with a phone camera click, instant mortgages, account transfers to name a few. With…

Quick Take - Six Challenges for the Electric Industry

"Each of the 6 D’s presents both a challenge and an opportunity," says an opinion piece in electric industry magazine Transmission and Distribution World. The column has a good, brief overview of electric industry challenges for consumers.…

QUICK TAKE - Personal Preparation is Important for Hurricane Season

Electric service outages happen oftentimes because of bad weather. Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages when violent weather happens. Usually lightning,…

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…

Wind Energy Seems Prepared to Take Off

Offshore wind energy is getting a closer examination in North Carolina. Not so much about making electricity, but all the elements that create the industry. The Governor of North Carolina supports a $300,000 study will look at offshore wind…

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 - 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.…