Entries by Scott Carlberg

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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 […]


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 […]

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A Hot One … Ready for Summer?

Ready for summer? Or maybe the better question is whether your AC system and wallet are ready. Some people say we are in for a blast. “South Carolina summer expected to be even hotter than normal,” said a Charleston Post and Courier story.  “Full steamy ahead,” said the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  Before a hot summer […]


The 2018 NC Energy Conference

The North Carolina State Energy Conference was held a month ago, April 17-18.  A good crowd. Some 800+ people, which says good things about energy in North Carolina. The event had a pretty broad representation of energy, from generation sources to customer technology to conservation. After reflection, a couple themes stood out to me. Customers […]

One South Carolinian’s View of Energy

Energy is about people. It’s the foundation of Energy Consumers of the Carolinas. Bea Wray, a South Carolina entrepreneur, parent, and big believer in the power of communities, is one of the people you will see a lot on our website from now on. A good, new voice. Bea lives in South Carolina and has […]