Entries by Scott Carlberg

NC Clean Energy Plan Released

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has delivered its Clean Energy Plan (CEP) to the Governor. ECC encourages citizens to give it a look because the plan affects everyone in the state. Reading the plan is part of a personal education process for electricity customers. The plan notes a range of important issues in […]

Some Cities Are Restricting Use of Natural Gas

Banning natural gas infrastructure for homes and some other buildings – for uses like stoves and heating – is happening in various cities, though not the Carolinas. San Jose, California (its city hall our feature photo above), followed the leads of Berkeley and Seattle in changing city ordinances to reduce the use of natural gas. […]

Quick Take – Clemson and Florence Darlington Tech Recognized

Nice work Clemson and Florence Darlington Tech! Both were cited as good examples of tech training for the workforce. The National Science Board’s report, The Skilled Technical Workforce: Crafting America’s Science & Engineering Enterprise, said South Carolina has smart practices at each institution. In particular the report cites the way that training fits individual and […]

Duke Energy to Re-license Nuclear Plants

Some nuclear plants in the Carolinas will apply for second license extensions as one part of an overall strategy to lower carbon emissions. Duke Energy’s new release: “’Our nuclear power plants have safely and reliably provided electricity to our Carolinas customers for decades,’ said Preston Gillespie, Duke Energy’s chief nuclear officer. ‘These plants generate clean […]

Quick Take – A Snapshot of Residential Electric Use

We depend on electric power in our homes. A lot. Here are three illustrations that show us a few tidbits about our electric service these days. The chart below shows how much we use power for some kind of heating or cooling – from AC units to water heaters. 53% – more than half of […]

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Santee Cooper Coal Plan Requires More Energy

Coal powered the past and now makes way for the future. Santee Cooper should get ahead of the trend. Mines are closing, mining companies going under, and coal generation plants have been closing in the Carolinas and throughout the country. That gives Santee Cooper’s announcement about closing coal plants some context. Utilities are facing the […]

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Energy and Ag Industries Team Up in NC

Teamwork won recognition in the North Carolina electric industry recently. For good reason. A project that combines agriculture, waste control, power generation and electric industry research has made a mark in the power industry. “Butler Farms is a sustainability-focused hog farm located in rural Lillington, North Carolina,” said POWER magazine. (Lillington is between Raleigh and […]

Is an SC Pipeline a Pipe Dream?

Santee Cooper’s business forecast relies heavily on natural gas as a fuel for power generation. That may be less a forecast and more a pipe dream. According to the plan: “Roughly 50% would be owned or purchased natural gas generation, constituting a much greener portfolio than the current coal-dominant mix.” (the plan) A couple of […]

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Looming Santee Cooper Debt Could Be Eliminated

Santee Cooper. It has been the debt. It still is the debt. Customers continue to be on the hook.  Santee Cooper’s business forecast lacks action. The recently released Santee Cooper business forecast released September 9 said, in part: “The Forecast also contemplates (our italics) several strategic financial transactions and cost saving initiatives including: Committing over […]