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Michael Payne on Wind Energy

I have recently learned about and written about innovations in wind energy right here in South Carolina as I explored the research and testing facility at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston. Therefore, I wanted…
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Changing Times - Changing Temperatures

Hurricane Florence was and continues to be a reminder of the impact weather has on our lives. Reports of power outages and flooding keep coming and many people are still facing devastation. What impact does weather have on electricity rates…
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Marriage Blessings for SCANA and Dominion Energy?

Yesterday’s story, Scana Dominion Energy Merger Clears Another Hurdle, is about the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approving the indirect transfer of the operating license for V.C. Summer Unit 1 and of the combined licenses for…
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Two Sides to the Energy Conservation Coin

Conserving energy has a one-two punch, a two-step plan, or two sides to the same coin. Whatever analogy you prefer, it is important to learn that the spectrum of energy conservation includes energy efficiency as well as demand response.…
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Setting Energy Rates

There has been a great deal of talk in the news about setting of energy rates in South Carolina. The State House and Senate have recently approved a measure that would temporarily cut energy rates for SC&E&G customers by removing the…
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“Act With Dispatch” – Energy Systems Do It

Electricity travels at a certain speed, but not all power generation sources can be ready to make electricity at the same speed. “Dispatch” is the term in the electric utility business that refers to the time it takes to make power to…
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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…
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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…
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What is a Duck Curve?

If you hang around electricity professionals, you'll likely to eventually hear the term "duck curve." It is a reference to an electricity demand phenomena noticed in California, and it has been around for about ten years now. It has to do with…
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Just Facts: How is electricity used in U.S. homes?

The electric industry is changing for the consumer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas is exploring various ways this is happening. Here's one aspect of electric consumption. Wonder what uses up the most household electricity? Knowing home…