NC Transportation Emissions Under Scrutiny

Reducing emissions from North Carolina’s transportation system is the theme of a just-released study. Its conclusions are blunt: “Reducing North Carolina’s GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions will require the state to make significant commitments,…

Quick Take: Digging Deep for Energy

Geothermal energy was a topic in a blog we recently posted. Just after that a story appeared that shows how geothermal energy is being applied to homes, and how new energy entrants are shaking up the industry. Dandelion Energy is a spin-off…

Quick Take – Cities Can Drive Clean Power Efforts

“155 cities have committed to 100 percent community-wide renewable energy.” That’s big. A column written for the World Resources Institute notes that statistic and says that cities are on the cutting edge of energy policies. The…

Presidents Have Evolved the Energy Debate

Energy has been a hot topic with U.S. Presidents for a long time. Many people may think back to images of Nixon, Carter and lines at gasoline stations as emblematic of energy problems. Presidential energy history goes back much farther.…

“When You Come to a Fork In the Road, Take It”

Baseball player Yogi Berra’s aphorism seems true now. South Carolina policymakers and Santee Cooper customers stand at a fork in the road. Three forks, really. The South Carolina Department of Administration (DOA) just released a report…

Quick Take – Natural Gas Use Being Debated By Cities

Energy regulators meeting in Washington are facing off on cities that are banning the use of natural gas for cooking or heating in residences. “Depending on how widespread it becomes, the wave of bans, as well as other incentives for building…

Quick Take - Grid Modernization Is a "Must Have"

Modernizing the electric grid, especially the distribution lines close to homes and businesses, is center stage in 2020. Utilities have to manage high reliability, new two-way communications and new digital technologies. Engineering company…

Does Video Binging Hurt the Environment?

With the Academy Awards just happening, do you have an itch to stream some films? Those little electric signals that feed your TV add up. Netflix reported that its electricity usage jumped 84 percent in 2019. The company released its 2019…

Santee Cooper Customers: What’s Not In Your Wallet?

ECC has said all along that customers will be paying for Santee Cooper's debt, and recently the state-owned utility has been in court to make sure that their customers can't get off the hook. Arguing against Santee Cooper in a class action…

Drilling Skills Are Useful For More Than Oil

Oil platforms in the ocean and wind platforms in the ocean – we noted recently that energy companies that know offshore oil rigs can use their knowledge to help develop wind platforms in the ocean, too. Same skills - different energy. Drilling…