Energy Consumer Weekend - Sept. 25

Homeowners make decisions everyday about their residences. Paint colors, landscaping, furniture, for instance. Energy is going to increasingly be part of that decision-making. Here’s a look at what ECC sees ahead. What drives the change?…

Something to Think About: Nuclear Power, but Small, and Smaller

Say nuclear reactor in the Carolinas and you are likely to think big. Size, cost, time to build. Maybe even controversial. Maybe in the past, but not the future. Here’s something to think about. Our nation has had ocean-going ships powered…

Santee Cooper, Gimme 5

Have you seen this on social media – In 2015 everyone got this question wrong: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”  Got that wrong especially in the Santee Cooper service territory. While no one is great at predicting the future,…

UPDATED: South Carolina Public Service Commission To Have Four New Members

The South Carolina Public Service Commission does one of its periodic evolutions this week. The welfare of South Carolina citizens depend on good choices made for the positions on the Public Service Commission (PSC); choices that show concern…

Energy Consumer Weekend - September 18

Something prophesied for decades may be happening now: Peak Oil. As with so many things, though, it is not happening in the way many experts thought. Whether it is occurring and what it means to consumers has varied possibilities. Consumers…

Energy Density and "Battery Day"

Energy consumers will hear more about the idea of energy density. That is the amount of energy that is stored in a particular area per unit of volume. In other words, an exceptionally large space that contains little ability to make energy…

Santee Cooper – It’s Not a Game

The ongoing surprises of Santee Cooper can be gone in a relative heartbeat if it is sold to an investor-owned utility. Period. No more debates about what kind of surprise is next. Done. The State of South Carolina has a lot of other issues…

Big Utilities Have Special Weather Skills

Hurricanes and other weather phenomena are changing. ECC wrote about that last week as we talked with the author of A Furious Sky, a 500-year history of hurricanes. (See it here.) Utilities are well-versed in weather forecasting and how it…

Energy Consumer Weekend - Sept. 11

Business is more than business, more than a corporate balance sheet. Consumers want to know more about the companies that serve them, more than bottom line figures. Important topics are about ESG – environmental, social, and governance. These…

Something to Think About - Charge Your Cell Phone All Day?

ECC has written about big nuclear projects, and now it is time to get really small – cell phone charging. The question is about whether to keep charging your phone all day, or not. ECC is no expert on this, which we realized even more after…