Will Natural Gas Prices Blunt Renewable Growth?

Everyone likes a bargain, right? Depends on how that bargain is handled.  Depends on the smarts of the utility to be able to use that trend well for customers. That is the discussion as the Energy Information Agency said that for the…

Quick Take – Lowdown on the Slowdown: Power Use Drops

Reduced demand for electric power is a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The first signs of demand reduction for power are out there. The Mid-Atlantic region reports that a typical 100,000-megawatt day was just 94,000 on the first day of…

Tough Times for Debt-laden Companies Like Santee Cooper?

A booming economy helps all companies. Corporate sins are easier to hide when money is coming in. Not so in a bad economy. Dollars are short. Jobs lost. Household budgets crunched. Frankly, it is galling to pay extra hard-earned dollars…

Quick Take – NC Coop Leader Talks Trust

Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s  CEO and president Curtis Wynn has been in our blogs before. He has a keen eye for the future of the electric industry. “Trusted Energy Investors,” was the role Wynn says coops need to achieve. ECC sees…

Quick Take – Utility Bills and Coronavirus

It’s been a tough year this past week! All-Coronavirus-all-the-time on the news. But in all the bad news utilities around the country are doing the right thing. Many utilities recognize how tough this health issue is, and how it can affect…

Quick Take – Nuclear Energy as a Renewable Energy

Nuclear energy ought to be classified as a “renewable energy” source says a member of California’s Legislature. Really. This is not April 1st or a warp in time. The debate is happening with the 2024 scheduled closing of the coastal…

Energy and the Coronavirus – New Views

Power utilities are typically among the most well-prepared organizations when it comes to emergencies. My experience in the energy industry is that utilities take their public safety concerns very seriously. Those concerns are taking…
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With Santee Cooper, Who Has Skin in the Game?

The SC Senate has thought about retaining state ownership of Santee Cooper but changing where it reports in the state. Changing an organizational structure does not change accountability. Office of Regulatory Staff oversight only adds another…
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Is Santee Cooper the Best House on the Block?

Spring home selling season is cranking up. There is a corollary with the Santee Cooper sale and selling a home. Hear me out. People who have been through the home selling process can relate to the different ways people view the same…

Quick Take – Will Coronavirus Affect Energy?

Click on any media channel and the topic is corona virus. So why should we be different? We wondered if the virus could have some impact on energy. Here are some thoughts. As the virus spreads its affect is questionable as experts are really…