South Carolina Keeps One Leg in the Rabbit Hole

It’s like something Alice would find in Wonderland: A state that is for free enterprise, except when it is not. It’s South Carolina, and something to be reconciled for a logical energy future. After voting for a state-owned and controlled…

Coal Continues Its Slide

Coal as a fuel to make electricity continues to decline. The star is renewable energy. For 2020, renewables beat coal as a power generation fuel, for the first time. The US Energy Information Agency says, “In 2020, U.S. electricity generation…

Santee Cooper Debt Gathers More “Interest”

Santee Cooper’s massive debt level continues to be problematic, and large. The company has one way to bring-in money – its customers. Customers deserve a clear explanation of the debt owed. That clear explanation isn’t happening. Here…

North Carolina Slides into Energy Rabbit Holes

My previous column – Energy, Through the Looking Glass – says policymakers can easily slide down rabbit holes of ineffective energy regulation. North Carolina needs to get back above ground. North Carolina invented a new path to bureaucracy.…

More Hurricanes Predicted this Season

Weather agencies have upped the number of expected hurricanes in the last portion of the season this year. Researchers from Colorado State University predict 20 named storms, up from 17 in their forecast issued in April. (Source) The season…

South Carolina Appliance Recycling Hits Milestone, Saves Energy

Dominion Energy’s South Carolina freezer and refrigerator recycling program picked up its 20,000th appliance the week of August 9. The company has provided residential electric customers the opportunity to recycle freezers and refrigerators…

Energy, Through the Looking Glass

Alice (of Wonderland fame) jumped through the looking glass about 150 years ago. Some state policymakers go through the looking glass today, pulled down a rabbit hole in in energy policy. Alice gets confused when her logical world is gone.…

Rock-solid Facts About Climate

The feature photo here is my “weather rock.” It’s handy. If it is bright and hot, the sun is out. Wet, it is raining. Gone, incredibly windy. My weather rock is 100% accurate, too. Compared to my weather rock, voluminous climate reports…

In Energy, Big Companies Put NC Policymakers on Notice

Ten huge companies wrote to North Carolina political leaders about the current energy bill (HB 951) being considered. They do not like it. They urge a rewrite of the bill. Unpacking the letter shows some really good points. Eliminating coal.…

Politics Meets Physical Science

We see the consequences of climate change now in record-breaking heat, wildfires, rising seawater, and more frequent and severe hurricanes. That from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a just-issued alarming…