Carolina Utilities Discuss Decarbonization

Achieving a carbon-free electric system takes more than technology. That’s the bottom-line message from a national energy summit that highlighted Carolina utilities. A summary of the event was noted in UtilityDive magazine, as noted below. Technology…

Going Carbonless Is Like the Quality Movement

Committing our nation to a carbon-free energy system is big news in energy and politics. Ideally the move to clean energy will be viewed as a next stage of Total Quality Management (TQM). Might say that TQM = CEM (Clean Energy Management). From…

Tidy-up the Smaller State of Bigger Government

Considering the South Carolina Senate’s vote to attempt reform of Santee Cooper, it was interesting to see a human nature news story this past week. The article cites a study and book that says when people face a dilemma, they typically heap…

Is There a Hitch in Electrification Efforts?

Electrification is the label for transforming petroleum-based machines (cars, heating systems, stovetops, etc.) into electricity-powered machines. The idea is that as electricity is made with carbon-free sources, these machines run clean compared…

Solar, Wires, Storage Done Right

Energy done right – a combination of solar, storage, and a challenging environment. I like to show examples of people and companies that do their energy work well. Here’s a good one. The companies in this case are HDR, an engineering firm…

The Truth About Santee Cooper’s Annual Report

Santee Cooper’s 2020 Annual Report is public. I have worked for a couple big firms. I get that annual reports need to provide numbers, and they are also showpieces. A chance to strut and preen. The peacock is on display with the Santee Cooper…

Getting Power Where It Needs to Be

It is terrific to make electricity, even better to get it to customers. Big issue, especially in light of Texas’ problem. It’s really something that is not top-of-mind for people in general. I thought about that issue as I read a story…

Will Legislators Keep Spending OPM on Santee Cooper?

The South Carolina General Assembly is debating OPM – Other People’s Money. OPM is a broad term that means cash is not coming from the wallets of people making the decisions. Decision-makers are largely immune from having financial skin…

Canals May be Good Solar Locations

“Covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals could save billions of gallons of water and generate renewable power for the state every year,” says a study from the University of California/Merced. The study covers a lot of ground,…

Wind Turbines Don’t Always Spin

Drive by a multi-tower wind farm and some of the blades may not be turning. Why? I wondered, and reached out to Katharine Kollins, President, Southeastern Wind Coalition. “Like any large machines, wind turbines require regular maintenance.…