Entries by Scott Carlberg

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Our Electric Energy Freedoms

from Scott Carlberg, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas Our electric energy freedom is worth pondering this July 4th. In various measures, essentially 100% of Americans have access to electricity. Around the world there are 1.3 billion people without access to electricity. That lack of power cascades into issues of health, safety and economic vitality. We […]

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IMO – An Energy Educator Looks at Energy Technology

An occasional feature on Energy Consumers of the Carolinas is “In My Opinion” (IMO). We pose a set of customer-oriented questions to various people involved in the electric energy discipline. This column is from a discussion with Travis Knight, Program Director, Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program and Professor, Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in […]

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A Leadership and Energy Opportunity – Another Angle on the SCE&G / Santee / Legislative Debate

What an opportunity! Members of the South Carolina Legislature meet the week of June 25 to discuss, and possibly start to resolve, the issues around SCE&G/Santee Cooper and the Summer nuclear units. This is a true dollars-and-cents-and-sense opportunity. A lot of back-and-forth about who gets blame and how to address the rate issues has been […]

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The Calendar Says the Heat Is On – Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018 is the start of summer. We can expect “famously hot” (as a Columbia slogan says) weather across the Carolinas.  WIST-TV, Columbia, even said, “Dangerous heat moves into the Midlands.” WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham: “The first heat wave of the season is on the way.” That brings up an important concept for the electric industry […]

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Natural Gas and Our Power Portfolio

“Natural Gas Is King of America’s Power Mix, for Now,” proclaimed Bloomberg News in mid-2017. That’s the way it has played out in the U.S. electric industry. Natural gas generation provides a lot of electricity to consumers. There’s a story behind the shift to gas, evident by a news item this week in the Carolinas: […]

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Old Tools / New Tools / E-Tools

Old tools are familiar and comfortable, but perhaps aren’t the most efficient in a time when we are more productive with new technology. I learned that again recently as I hung a large, heavy, frameless bathroom mirror. Easily more than four feet wide, three feet high. Mounted flat against the wall, of course. I asked […]

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Electricity Infrastructure Matters

From Bea Wray in South Carolina I used to travel quickly over the Wando Bridge to get kids to school or go to the grocery store. That changed recently. The 526 Wando Bridge was shut down for about a week to west-bound traffic as emergency repairs were done. Port container traffic was diverted onto Highway 17 […]