Quick Take - What is a Virtual Power Plant?

“The cheapest power plant is one that does not have to be built.” That was the line of a former Carolina utility executive. It is no off-the-wall comment but a workable concept, with one big challenge. A virtual power plant (VPP) does…

Carolina Leadership Profile: Gas Turbine Association

The Gas Turbine Association (GTA), the national voice for that industry, has a new leader – from the Carolinas! Salvatore DellaVilla Jr. is the founder and CEO of SPS®, a Charlotte-based company that helps energy producers understand and…

Just the Facts - Lakes Are Protected

Lakes licensed to utilities are protected for citizens. Know the facts. A letter to the editor of the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, Lakes Asset is at Risk, prompts ECC to remind consumers about lakes as licensed utility assets. The…

Cyber Security in Energy Is a Top Priority, Concern (Part 2)

Cyber security of our electric grid is a high priority with utilities and the government. Heightened perhaps because in May, “…an anonymous Western utility became the first to report a malicious ‘cyber event’ that disrupted grid…

Cyber Security in Energy Is a Top Priority, Concern (Part 1)

“Today’s energy industry has undergone rapid digitalization, presenting attackers with new attack surfaces to exploit.” That’s what POWER magazine reported.  At a recent Charlotte event a major energy figure told me cyber security…

Shedding Light on Solar Panel Scams

Solar energy is growing and will keep growing. With success, though, also comes the need for homeowners to be careful. Among the upstanding solar developers there lurk a few people who may try to take advantage of power customers. “In…

Quick Take – Light Up the Holidays For Less

Get the Earth a gift this year – switch to LED holiday lights and save electricity. LEDs can reduce power use by 80-90% over incandescent lights. Lots has changed since the first electric holiday lights were switched on in mid-town Manhattan…

We Can Be Thankful for Our Energy

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. will use 227 million kWh of power. Each household using roughly enough electricity to power one LED light for 1,400 hours. As we approach this Thanksgiving let’s be thankful that we have the capability…

We’re Stuffed With Thanksgiving Energy Data

Thanksgiving can be an intense time. Lots of family. Pressure to put just the right meal on the table. And then, the energy intensity to cook the meal. How much energy does it take to prepare a Thanksgiving meal? Lots of electric power,…

Will Santee Cooper Debt Go Statewide?

Santee Cooper’s debt – possibly coming soon to all citizens of South Carolina? Santee Cooper, the state-owned electric utility, is heavily in debt – more than $7 billion. This is a result of the cancellation of the V. C. Summer nuclear…