2021 Sees Big Renewable Energy Additions

“Wind and solar will represent more than two-thirds of new energy production to come online in 2021, while battery storage capacity is set to quadruple over the next year” reports UtilityDive magazine. Electric generation additions are…

Good-bye Carbon-free Power. We’ll Miss You.

“Nuclear generating capacity will account for the largest share of total [power generating] capacity retirements” in 2021. That means a lot of carbon-free power generation goes offline in 2021, at a time when people want more carbon-free…

The State of the State; the State of Santee Cooper

Rogue, arrogance, incompetence, errant -- the Governor of South Carolina used these words in his State of the State message to describe Santee Cooper. Wow! Here’s a quote from the Governor of South Carolina in his January 13 State of the…

Energy Seemed Simpler - Not That Long Ago

Which of these words do not belong together: Electricity, cement, grass, wildfire, New Jersey. All of them belong together. You saw right through me, I bet. All have to do with energy. Words that may seem like outliers have an important commonality.…

Something to Think About - Scope 3 Emissions

Emissions that come from your car are emissions you create. Emissions that come from a company’s manufacturing belong to that company. Easy to understand. Those are called Scope1 Emissions. They are also called direct emissions.  Scope 2…

Repowering Wind Energy Systems

Oil, gas, coal all feel like old energy. Wind power feels new even though it isn't. Certainly, wind has taken off in the past few years. So why are some wind power systems being “repowered”? Answer: More power. Full repowering refers…

ECC Test Drives an Electric Vehicle

With barely a press of the Tesla "gas pedal," we were off like a jackrabbit. "Acceleration of the various models ranges from outstanding to ferocious," said Car and Driver magazine. Later in the review it said, "Blistering." I took a road trip…

Sometimes it's Good to be in Hot Water

Hot water can be good, when it has to do with geothermal energy. In mid-December ECC wrote about a company called DEEP in Canada. It is a geothermal company - most simply, a company that taps the heat of the Earth underground. DEEP has tapped…

Santee Cooper - A Zombie Company?

Santee Cooper’s debt is huge, but Santee Cooper is not huge. ECC wrote about this more than a year ago, asking whether Santee Cooper is a zombie company. The pandemic and business slowdown raise the issue of zombies again in the news. So…

Carbon Emissions Drop to Multi-year Lows

2020 carbon emissions may be 11 percent lower than 2019 according to the Energy Information Agency (EIA). One-word reason: COVID. “EIA expects CO2 emissions in 2020 to fall by 19percent for coal, by 13 percent for petroleum, and by 2 percent…