Cracks in Santee Cooper’s Rate Freeze?

Santee Cooper has a rate freeze. Does it really? A freeze for how long? Under what terms? Santee Cooper’s June 22 board meeting shows cracks in the much-publicized rate freeze for customers. Will Santee Cooper’s financial health break…

Something to Think About: What is a Battery?

A simple question? Like so many energy questions, what is a battery, is changing. The racks upon racks of round and rectangular batteries in a big box store are a small part of the definition now. Those batteries rely on chemical reactions…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 26: 2020 - What Have We Learned

Halfway through 2020 and the year is nothing if not unusual. True for the world and also for energy. This Energy Consumers Weekend will look at the changes and a constant in energy. The boom busted early in 2020, across the board. People…

A North Carolina Greenhouse Gas Profile

Over several blogs we have looked at Greenhouse Gases. It is rather theoretical unless we can look at Greenhouse Gases in our own backyard. So, let’s look at North Carolina.  The state issued a report in 2019 about its GHG profile. Here’s…

“Opportunity” for Climate Change Action: Report

"Three years and $3 trillion." The headline caught our eye. It was in Bloomberg News. “A new report from the International Energy Agency details what it will take to lock in this year’s drop in emissions.” Energy consumers take note.…

An Interview with the Leader of the US Energy Association

Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA). Through its membership, USEA represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector. In his role, he represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy…

What is the Methane Debate?

Carbon dioxide has gotten a lot of press as a global warming element. Methane is the next chemical that gets attention. Why? Because methane is so potent as a greenhouse gas. A reminder: Methane is a “hydrocarbon gas produced both through…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 19

Summer has traditionally been a time for peak electric power use. How about this summer, which starts Saturday, June 20? How will you fare electrically this summer? How can you manage the "dog days of summer"? That's this week's energy consumer…

What is Methane?

Carbon dioxide is the chemical that has captured the attention of people interested in energy and the environment. Another chemical will get increasing press – methane. Methane is a gas, one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms. Methane is…

Quick Take – Cyber Threats Gain Steam

A fake industrial control system (ICS) tempted a lot of bad players on the web recently. Electric customers should take note. There’s a “pervasive the cyber risk is to the industrial sector,” say the people who ran the exercise, reported…