Bullish on Hydrogen

“I’m bullish on hydrogen,” says CNBC market analyst Jim Cramer about a fuel touted to clean-up the environment. “Over the next 10 to 20 years, I expect hydrogen to take major market share in transportation, power storage for renewables…

Something to Think About – What Kind of Web Are We Weaving?

The Power Grid Is Getting Bigger, But Plants Are Shrinking. That is a Bloomberg News headline. (Below) Seems contrary, doesn’t it? But it is true and has a lesson about our energy future. Key paragraph in the story: “All these power generation…

Energy Users Vote Everyday

Election Day. Thought it would never get here, didn’t you? Every four years, and for much of the time in between candidates for political office are on the air and on the web to say either what they have done, or what they will do if elected. This…

Weekend Energy Consumer - Halloween Edition

It’s Halloween and a time for scary things. Some of them are about energy. The way we use energy, some of its effects, and its impact on our lives can be frightening. Here are some scary energy issues, and then some ways to make them less…

Quick Take - Gas or Gasoline?

Definitions are important if you are part of the energy industry. For instance – gas and gasoline. Not the same thing. When an energy person talks about gas it is typically natural gas, a fossil energy source from deep in the earth. It is…

Manufacturing and Electric Costs

South Carolina and California. Not sure you could find states with the most divergent of viewpoints. An interesting parallel struck me in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week. Nevada Does a California is the title. The thrust of the…

Something To Think About - High School Solar

Combine solar energy and a high school, and in at least one city, there is a productive partnership. It is a positive story worth sharing. Here’s the story: “In 2017, Dr. Michael Hester became the superintendent of the Batesville School…

Who Sets Carolina Electric Rates?

Electric rates in North and South Carolina are set in two ways. Investor Owned Utilities In one case there is a regulatory system that reviews rates of companies that are investor-owned. There is a corporate and state-level give-and-take…

Weekend Energy Consumer - Leadership Edition

Energy Leadership is a Shared Experience Hindsight is 20/20. Old phrase, so true. After 40+ years in some facet of energy, I was asked about energy companies, great leaders, and how the public can spur corporate energy excellence. I am fortunate…

Why Do Utilities Invest in Economic Development?

Why would a company like NextEra want to buy Santee Cooper … debt and all?  It sees opportunity in South Carolina and believe they can help grow South Carolina.  As South Carolina grows, the need for electricity grows, and NextEra earns…