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Energy Consumers of the Carolinas

An Energy Information Resource for the Plugged In Consumer

Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?

Paying for essential energy needs should not be a family’s budget buster. Lots of family needs compete for the same dollars – education, replacing a car, work clothes, groceries, trying to save for retirement. Budgets are top of mind. The General Assembly of South Carolina makes decisions soon about the sale of Santee Cooper. That Read more about Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?[…]

Prepare Now for Solar Panel Recycling

What do solar panels have to do with chickens and eggs? When it comes to recycling photo voltaic panels, more than it may seem. Solar power to make electricity is increasing in the U.S., most in utility-scale (large) projects for the electric grid. Companies are also adding their own solar generating facilities. Residential installations follow. Read more about Prepare Now for Solar Panel Recycling[…]

Could Santee Cooper Debt Climb $300,000,000 More?

A million dollars a day is being added to Santee Cooper’s debt for the unfinished nuclear facility and its utility operations. ECC wrote about that just a few weeks ago. Here’s a twist on that: Some news reports say the South Carolina Legislature may study the possible sale of Santee Cooper until the end of Read more about Could Santee Cooper Debt Climb $300,000,000 More?[…]

People Are Talking – About Your House

There are more than 10,000 people talking about your house this week. Really. Your house is a hot topic at DistribuTech, an annual electric power transmission and distribution conference in New Orleans this year. Lots of people are there. ECC thought you might want to know what they are saying. They want to know if Read more about People Are Talking – About Your House[…]

Clock is Ticking to Sell Santee Cooper, Handle the Debt

A sale of Santee Cooper might be closer to a reality, and so may be a way out of the $9 billion of debt Santee Cooper customers would have to pay. The marketplace is working. “A strong market for sale exists,” said the report commissioned by the South Carolina Public Service Authority Evaluation Committee of Read more about Clock is Ticking to Sell Santee Cooper, Handle the Debt[…]

Speaking Out For Our Energy Future

For a year Energy Consumers of the Carolinas [ECC] has provided consumer information. Now readers can see a definite viewpoint in some of our work. Our site now features some calls to action about important energy issues. It’s time. Why? ECC believes that the Carolinas have done so well in so many energy projects. These Read more about Speaking Out For Our Energy Future[…]

Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer

“Why can’t we just bury the wires?” When it comes to our electric system it is a simple question with no simple answer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas looks at some of the issues about undergrounding electric lines. This is a question that comes up following big storms – ice, hurricane, thunderstorms. First some background, explained Read more about Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer[…]

Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity

And the winners are – natural gas and renewable energy. That is the message from the US Energy Information Agency* in its new Annual Energy Outlook 2019. The report was released January 24. Natural gas and renewables are the two fastest growing fuels to make electricity in the US. Those are popular fuels in the Read more about Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity[…]

A Giant Pothole of Debt

About a million dollars a day is being added to Santee Cooper’s debt for the unfinished nuclear facility in South Carolina as well as its utility operations. Money owed by the customers of Santee Cooper. That money goes to pay the costs already incurred for construction, materials and financing. The debt is like big potholes Read more about A Giant Pothole of Debt[…]

Energy Savings Go Far Beyond Home

Our blogs have looked at ways that consumers can save energy in their homes or businesses. There’s something about energy, though. It is a complex thing, and not just under one consumer’s control. Time to expand our thinking. ECC is doing this blog just to point out how involved saving energy in a society can be. Read more about Energy Savings Go Far Beyond Home[…]