Would a Power Capacity Market Have Saved Texas?

“I think the Texas model, in the long-run, is very vulnerable." That is a quote from a national energy leader. It seems obvious following the Texas blackouts of 2021. However, that quote is from 2017. This article also said: “In the two-plus…

Texas Blackouts Are Simple, In a Complex Sort of Way

Texas’ recent power outages from the winter storm have lessons for the whole nation. The reason for the outages is simple, though only at a high level. The blackouts get complex fast. The complexity is already showing itself in the factual…

EV Charging Will Not Channel Gasoline Stations

Fill’r up? That message will stay the same whether the filling station is gasoline or electric, but that’s about where it stops. I got to thinking about the old service stations I recall from my youth, and even the changes I saw while working…

Wind or Nuclear? The Answer is Yes

$43 billion is the estimated price tag that South Korea will pay to build the world’s largest offshore wind power network. The news release said this is an “eco-friendly energy transition and moving more vigorously toward carbon neutrality.” Hard…

Rolling Power Blackouts Hit the Heart of Energy Territory - and Further

Frigid temperatures, ice, snow, and wind are causing real danger in parts of the U.S. The State of Texas is getting lots of headlines. Unusually cold temperatures for that area are causing power outages for several reasons. High demand for…

Women in Energy – Angela Hare

“I had gone through a trial by fire and that helped me get my next job.” Many successful people have that kind of story. A major event imprints a leadership lesson. That is the story of Angela Hare, Vice President of Information Technology,…

Santee Cooper’s Limited Choices

An old saying is, “How do you want it – good quality, fast, or cheap? Pick two, because you can’t have all three.” Every homeowner who’s ever hired-out a project knows if you demand high-quality delivered on a rapid timeline you are…

U.S. Energy Outlook Published

Energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions have gone down in the pandemic. Overall energy consumption – which includes electric and hydrocarbons – will return to old levels in years, not months. The U.S. Energy Information Agency issues…

Special Delivery to the South Carolina General Assembly

Santee Cooper CEO Mark Bonsall sent a letter to the General Assembly in late January announcing Santee Cooper will be in debt until 2055. Although likely not his intent the letter clearly highlights the choice confronting legislators: Pay off…

Why Santee Cooper "Reform" Won’t Work

Santee Cooper is different from almost every other utility in three big ways: It is state-owned Its Board of Directors has absolute autonomy over the rates it charges customers and the money the organization spends Mismanagement…