Regulation Should Achieve Goals

“Principle-based regulation,” or, regulate business based on goals for the public. “Smart regulation” is another label. It means to regulate with head and heart, not by bureaucratic mandates. Regulate with knowledge of what it…

Quick Take – Saudi Refinery Fire = Higher Costs?

The headline - “Saudi oil attacks. Will fuel prices go up?” That was Saturday, September 14. Yes, at the pump but, no, not at the electric socket is the easiest answer. That is only if the price of crude oil goes up and stays up. There…
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Quick Take - Electric Consumers Are Changing

“Today’s energy consumers … want more than affordable and reliable electricity from their utilities.” That is according to Curtis Wynn, president and CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative in Ahoskie, North Carolina. He is also president…
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Plan the Work, Then Work the Plan to Benefit Santee Cooper Stakeholders

“Plan your work, then work your plan.” Common words of wisdom about managing a problem or project.  Many organizations followed that philosophy. Serves them well. Lots of logic to it. A plan has been created by the state to handle…

Storms Require More Resilient Power Systems

Hurricane Dorian fades away. Not the memory, though, and what could have been if there was a major direct hit. This is worth noting now because September 10 is traditionally the most active day of the hurricane season. Let’s mark the day…

After Dorian - Electrical Safety After Floods

As we write this Hurricane Dorian is approaching the U.S. mainland. ECC ran a blog about a year ago about another aspect of preparedness - handling the immense water damage they can cause in rain and tides. A number of resources discuss…
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NC Clean Energy Planning – Supporting Documents Posted

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality has posted more documents for its draft Clean Energy Plan. The supporting documents explain various parts of the energy plan process and input. The round-up page is here. The NC DEQ…
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Labor Day Salute to the Carolina Energy Network

The energy industry in the Carolinas is about a lot more than utility workers. A lot more. There are people making products and providing services not only for the Carolinas, but around the world. That's good because their work provides…
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Labor Day Salute to Carolina Energy Educators and Researchers

For this Labor Day we have looked at people who are part of the power industry and keep the electricity running in the Carolinas. There are people who are not part of an energy utility or manufacturer, but still work hard to help keep our…

Be Prepared for Hurricane Dorian

“Georgia and the Carolinas should expect heavy rain and winds associated with Hurricane Dorian over the weekend and into Monday,” says the Charlotte Observer. Carolinians know that a storm track prediction is helpful, but not certain.…