Santee Cooper’s Board is a Concern, and Here’s a Solution

ECC has noted that South Carolina’s Speaker of the House said he'd like to fire Santee Cooper's Board of Directors and change Santee Cooper’s leadership ... if he could. He has no legal mechanism to make that change. That matters to…

Santee Cooper's Leadership is a Concern

South Carolina’s Speaker of the House wrote in April that he'd like to fire Santee Cooper's Board of Directors and change Santee Cooper’s leadership ... if he could. The reason why was clear enough: “It has become my experience…

Energy Consumer Weekend - August 7

Implosion videos of old power plants are all over the internet. The backstory is that old and less efficient plants are making way for new, clean electric generation. Largely this is wind, solar, and hydro power in wind farms, solar fields,…

Santee Cooper, You Are On the Air

Interesting discussion about Santee Cooper’s recent legal settlement payout to ratepayers on WVOC talk-radio, Columbia, a couple weeks ago. The discussion shows how much is left unexplained by the utility. Murky. The on-air discussion notes…

Quick Take – Hurricane Isaias is a Learning Experience

Electric power restoration during a pandemic is expected to be a challenge. Isaias may be the kind of experience that utility companies can use as a major learning experience to test pandemic-era emergency processes. Isaias was not a monster…

U of SC Gets Research Recognition

Nice work, University of South Carolina! The university was recognized “among the top 100 universities in the world based on the number of U.S. utility patents that faculty members received in 2019.” (Source) In this case the word “utility”…
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Energy Consumer Weekend - July 31

American homes account for 20% of of heat trapping gas emissions in the nation. (Source) Of course, different houses have different energy footprints. There’s a paradox about this, too. An energy expert in South Carolina once told me that…

Keeping People Well Informed Ought to be a Habit for All Utilities

Should utility customers know what is happening with the company where they buy power? Should owners and investors in a utility have a clear and comprehensive explanation of the company’s finances and strategy? Seems reasonable. So here…

Energy Consumer Weekend - July 24

The tropics seem to be getting active as we approach the third month of hurricane season. This season there is a twist. You guessed it - COVID. Really. A new study suggests that some weather forecasts could be less accurate because of the virus.…
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Santee Cooper and VC Summer – Anniversary of a Summer Blockbuster Disaster

July 28, 2017 marked the debut of the Charlize Theron action flick, Atomic Blonde, what one critic called the best action movie of the summer.  A blockbuster movie. Three days later, in South Carolina, Santee Cooper and SCANA officials announced…