Entries by Scott Carlberg

Energy Consumer Weekend – Sept. 11

Business is more than business, more than a corporate balance sheet. Consumers want to know more about the companies that serve them, more than bottom line figures. Important topics are about ESG – environmental, social, and governance. These are activities like community engagement, sustainable practices, leadership, board information, diversity, ethics, workforce development, meaningful philanthropy, and […]

Be Alert to Changes in Hurricanes

“Time for the most active part of hurricane season,” said Jacksonville’s WJXT meteorologist Mark Collins. “The season is about to go into overdrive,” he added, “75% of all tropical activity typically occurs after Aug. 28.” That isn’t just a concern just for regular folks, but utility companies, too. These companies must build power systems to […]

Energy Consumer Weekend – Labor Day 2020

Perhaps more this year than other Labor Days has a particularly special meaning. Essential workers of all kinds have been in the headlines … because of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, extreme heat, and a pandemic! ECC emphasizes energy and there is no lack of essential workers in the energy industry. We chose for this Labor Day […]

Santee Cooper Customers Stuck Again

Stuck again. Santee Cooper customers, that is. The company is turning 100 cents of customer dollars into a whole lot less. Costs of paying for unbuilt nuclear plants. Customers are committed to pay for nuclear costs for years (though it does not have to be that way, you’ll see.) There is a nuclear settlement for […]

Home Power Generator Safety is Critical

Hurricane Laura had a message: “The U.S. toll from the Category 4 hurricane rose to 16 deaths Saturday, with more than half of those killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators.” (Source) Another headline: “Carbon monoxide poisoning from generators poses new threat in areas hit by Hurricane Laura.” (Left, Houston Chronicle) […]

Energy Consumer Weekend – Aug. 28

“In the dark.” That is where some Californians have been with recent rolling power blackouts. In the dark and in the heat, too, as the state swelters in a heat wave. Death Valley in California recently recorded the hottest temperature ever in the world. That says something about changes in weather and maybe climate. Finger […]

Utilities Help Each Other During Disasters

Hurricane Laura spurs utilities into a special kind of action. That action spans much of the nation, not just the impact zone. That is because utilities work together to meet emergencies head-on to restore power. Mutual aid is the term in the industry. The utilities work with the Edison Electric Institute to coordinate the response, […]

Quick Take – Going to Zero Carbon

Zero-carbon is a goal for many utilities, companies, and government entities; produce no carbon emissions and have energy. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives recently pledged to get to zero-carbon. ECC is pointing out this effort because it illustrates an important tenet of the energy industry: There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to improving energy production and use. […]