SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.

It’s $946,000 a month now. $2,359,000 a month later on. Each month. Every month. A story in The State says, “The 177,000 customers that Santee Cooper directly serves now are paying about $5.35 a month, on average, for the failed [V.C. Summer] nuclear project. Barring a sale or another major change, that eventually will rise to Read more about SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.[…]

Three Kinds of Electric Utilities Serve the Carolinas

There are different kinds of electric utilities in the Carolinas. People may not even think about them because if electric service is running properly, well, why think about it? With the headlines in our states over the past several years about ownership of electric companies and services and rates, this may be a good time Read more about Three Kinds of Electric Utilities Serve the Carolinas[…]

Electric Grid Improvement Is All Around Us

Some changes in our electric grid are hard to see. They are electric generating facilities being built or taken down, far from our daily view. Other changes in the grid are easy to see if we just look around. Here’s an example from a quick trip of mine in North Carolina just this week. This Read more about Electric Grid Improvement Is All Around Us[…]

One Year Ago, BRRRR!

Think back about one year. Here was the headline: “Duke Energy wants you to conserve electricity during cold snap.” It was just more than a year ago that Duke set a single-day record for electric demand (January 5). We have not had anything like it yet this season, but it could be just around the Read more about One Year Ago, BRRRR![…]

Debt, Sale of Santee Cooper Are Energy Priorities

The list of electric energy decisions in South Carolina is reduced by one. On January 2, 2019, the merger between SCANA and Dominion is done. Southeast Energy Group is the new name for the company that was South Carolina Electric and Gas. Next, the possible sale of Santee Cooper and how the wallets of customers Read more about Debt, Sale of Santee Cooper Are Energy Priorities[…]

Carolina 2019 New Year’s Energy Resolutions

2019! Can you feel the energy? You will. Carolina electricity consumers have a chance to make a lot of changes in their energy use, so ECC is offering-up some ideas for our readers – 2019 energy resolutions. There’s a quote from Louis L’Amour, the author of western  novels, that applies to Carolina energy in 2019: Read more about Carolina 2019 New Year’s Energy Resolutions[…]

Carolina Energy 2019: Behind the Scene Costs

A lot happens behind the scenes to get your electricity to you. All with costs. Here are some of those costs. This is part of our series … What should Carolinians expect, ask for, or watch for in their energy world in 2019? Energy Consumers of the Carolinas asked a handful of energy professionals. This column is Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: Behind the Scene Costs[…]

Energy 2018: What is Clean Energy?

Technology enables increasingly finer measurement of pollution and efficiency for people who make or use electricity. Sophistication of metrics change the way we can define what clean. As we end 2018 we are reflecting on a few of the points we suggested to watch in the electric industry over the year: Changing government role in Read more about Energy 2018: What is Clean Energy?[…]

Energy 2018: Consumer Control Gains Strength

Consumers have more influence in the electric industry every day. They choose what to buy and use. Energy innovators will pay attention. Early in 2018 ECC noted that the electric industry is changing and consumer knowledge will support the evolution of the electric industry in the Carolinas. As we end 2018 we are reflecting on Read more about Energy 2018: Consumer Control Gains Strength[…]

Energy 2018: Government and Business – Each Has a Role

State government have a role in various industries such as electricity. Should a state government be in the business of energy? Let’s look. Early in 2018 ECC noted that the electric industry is changing and consumer knowledge will support the evolution of the electric industry in the Carolinas. As we end 2018 let’s reflect on Read more about Energy 2018: Government and Business – Each Has a Role[…]