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Santee Cooper Sale: Take Action, Or…

The government of South Carolina can lift the $9 billion debt anvil off Santee Cooper customers and the citizens. And now it may be taking action. On March 20 Senator Harvey Peeler filed a bill to allow the Governor to sell Santee Cooper. As this blog posts the bill is being considered in the Finance Read more about Santee Cooper Sale: Take Action, Or…[…]

Five Interesting Energy Stories – March 2019

ECC has a quick round-up of energy activities and people in the Carolinas and around us to help our readers see the big picture of energy. Coal Country Energy Without the Coal Here’s one way to look at an existing energy asset in a new way. “Southwest Virginia lawmakers are looking to pumped-storage hydro and Read more about Five Interesting Energy Stories – March 2019[…]

A Carolina Energy Leader Captures a National Spotlight

Citing “this blazing pace of change” in the electric industry, Curtis Wynn, brought a Carolina brand of leadership to a national audience. Wynn became president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) at its annual meeting March 13. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing more than 900 local Read more about A Carolina Energy Leader Captures a National Spotlight[…]

South Carolina Energy – A New Kind of March Madness?

Headlines over the past year or so in South Carolina reflect the controversy in the energy industry. Not just controversy, really. Confusion, too. Trying to track the events is perhaps another way to define the term March Madness, just not the basketball variety. The confusion, action and lack of action can drive people mad. This Read more about South Carolina Energy – A New Kind of March Madness?[…]

“More Power!” Say Americans

Our nation generated more electricity in 2018 than ever before. Up 4 percent. What may seem odd is that the last record was in 2007, more than ten years ago. That was before the recession, and the weather in 2018 required more power to meet hotter and colder weather than some previous years. Then there Read more about “More Power!” Say Americans[…]

Santee Cooper Debt – Tick, Tick, Tick … $, $$, $$$$

Debt adds up daily for Santee Cooper because of the VC Summer nuclear project shutdown and other operations. It is a million dollars a day just from the interest that is adding up. ECC has written about the debt for some time. The main point ECC has made about the debt is usually the amount: Read more about Santee Cooper Debt – Tick, Tick, Tick … $, $$, $$$$[…]

Why Climate Data and Energy Planning Go Together

Why mention extreme weather in a blog site about energy? Weather affects our energy. How much energy is used, how reliable electricity is, how much it costs… Early in 2019 we had a cold snap in the Carolinas, then a warm streak that had trees pollinating. Back into 20-degree weather in many places this first Read more about Why Climate Data and Energy Planning Go Together[…]

“This Time It’s Different” – Mighty Expensive Words for Santee Cooper

“This time it’s different.” You have heard people say it, typically when something goes wrong and they are going to try again, the same way. The phrase has made people stay the course when their actions failed. They do precisely the same thing but expect a different result. ECC believes it applies to the ownership Read more about “This Time It’s Different” – Mighty Expensive Words for Santee Cooper[…]

In Economic Development the Bottom Line Is THE Bottom Line

Utilities are old hands at economic development. Have been for years for good reason. It is enlightened self-interest: A better business environment brings a more stable economy, good workforce and more predictable sales for the business of a utility. Lots of people win, including the public when it is done well. The Southeast has been Read more about In Economic Development the Bottom Line Is THE Bottom Line[…]

Electric Dereg – May Not Be What Was Intended

Carolina energy consumers may have to fit a whole new set of words in their heads. Energy deregulation, or energy choice. Maybe consumer choice. Over the past several weeks in the Carolinas some legislators, activists, trade groups and other organizations are proposing that the retail electric industry — the kind that serves residences, small businesses, Read more about Electric Dereg – May Not Be What Was Intended[…]