Entries by Scott Carlberg

South Carolina Gets National Publicity About Santee Cooper

The South Carolina Senate made its call against protecting electric utility customers recently by keeping Santee Cooper. That decision is being reported for just what it is outside of the state – a vote to dismiss an opportunity, a vote against business. It is a vote to maintain a quaint relic versus embrace a modern […]

U.S. Climate “Normals” Are Hot News

New Normal is a term used when people want to note how much something has changed for the long term. New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration epitomizes that phrase. The New Normal is hot and hotter says NOAA. The agency released the latest data about climate and shows the way that temperatures […]

Pipeline Hack Belies Delicate Energy System

Colonial Pipeline, a 5,500 mile pipeline that supplies the Southeast with refined fuels has been hit with a ransomware attack. The line has shut down. As the shutdown continues the supplies of fuel to some filling stations are getting low. (It is not just automobiles, either. America Airlines’ nonstop from Charlotte to Honolulu will stop […]

Some Electric Vehicles Users Return to Gasoline

About a fifth of electric vehicle owners go back to gasoline. Researchers at the University of California – Davis checked out why. Their study was reported in various media outlets. “When researchers dug into the question, they found some unsurprisingly reasons—such as charging difficulty; and some unexpected ones—such as gender and dwelling type,” says Anthropocene […]

One Renewable Energy Source Burning Hot

In a high-tech energy world the basics seem to come back on a regular basis. Check this one. “In 2020, Georgia generated 5.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity from biomass, or about 10 percent of the nation’s total, the second most of any state according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Almost 5 percent of Georgia’s in-state […]

States Need to Show a Pro-Business Disposition to Succeed

Traditional measures of a state’s business sentiment may be changing. Smart states will get ahead of the curve. Texas and Florida are at the top now. Energy and utility companies have been mentioned in the same breath as economic development for decades, so that is why I mention this here. In the past there have […]

Study Warns About Government Electric Control

Here’s something you don’t see every day. A study says a California city should NOT increase the size of government to take over electric operations. This comes a week after South Carolina decided to increase the size of government to maintain ownership of Santee Cooper. Role reversal with California and South Carolina. Specifically, there was […]

The Meaning Behind “No Sale” of Santee Cooper

What was the purpose behind a sale of Santee Cooper? Understand the purpose behind a sale and you can see why a sale was so important. But those reasons will play out. This is worth laying out one more time even though the votes are in. The purpose of selling Santee Cooper was to eliminate […]

New York Loses Carbon-free Power

It happened this past weekend – New York’s request to eliminate a carbon-free power source came true. Smart? I don’t think so. Here’s the story. The Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear facility, stopped producing power when it retired its last reactor. Since 1962 the plant had provided New York with power. Yes, power – […]

Regulator/Utility Relationships Are Changing

“The future is not just a technologically advanced version of today’s world.” I heard that comment on an energy webinar about utility/regulator relationships. The speaker was Val Jensen, a senior fellow at ICF, a strategy and consulting firm. His is a basic statement, but with huge implications for the energy industry. Here are some nuggets […]