Quick Take - Pandemic, Power, and Consumption

US electric consumption is expected to decrease a little in 2020 compared to 2019. 2.4 percent on average. Residential use is expected to increase, after all, people are at home more. “Milder winter temperatures earlier in the year led to…

Every Election is Determined by the People Who Show Up

Energy will be front and center in the 2020 election from top to bottom. Voters must determine where they stand and make their voices heard. Energy is a hot topic in the election. Can’t be ignored because the actions taken by policymakers…

Weekend Energy Consumer - Tree Trimming Edition

One way to get homeowners agitated is to talk about someone else trimming their trees. Oddly enough, another way is to have a home lose power, and that can often be traced to a tree that fell on a power line. Timely topic in the Carolinas…

Quick Take – E-Trash Trucks Are on Carolina Roads

Two North Carolina cities made national news recently as they started using trash trucks run by electricity, not petroleum. The Wall Street Journal ran a story October 7, Electric Trash Trucks Are Coming Quietly to Your Town. Quietly is a…

Quick Take - What is a Bridge Fuel?

Getting from one place to another is what a bridge does. Getting from one kind of fuel to make electricity to another fuel uses a bridge fuel. That fuel is natural gas. Lots of debate about natural gas as a bridge fuel, too. Natural gas has…

Is Santee Cooper an Asset?

An asset should have a positive benefit to the owner. Not always the case, obviously. The unhappy example is Santee Cooper – it bet the future of the company and the finances of its stakeholders and failed. Deeply failed. Santee Cooper failed…

Weekend Energy Consumer - Carbon Pricing Edition

Want to decrease consumption of a product or service? Make it more expensive. Basic supply-and-demand. That is the thesis behind a carbon tax, increase the cost to use energy sources that emit carbon is the idea. Ultra-simple version, there.…

Quick Take – NIMBY or YIMBY?

NIMBY is a term that means, “Not In My Backyard.” It has become a catchphrase for efforts to prevent various plants or facilities from being built near cities or neighborhoods. NIMBY efforts have made the news for years. Here’s something…

Are Natural Gas Prices Going Up?

Home and business owners who use natural gas have had a bargain over the past several years. Prices for that fuel have been low. Utilities do “fuel adjustments” for their customers based on the cost of fuel, so customers have had the benefit. Think…

Put the SC PSC to Work on Santee Cooper

South Carolina just swore-in four new members for its Public Service Commission, the group that oversees the utility industry in the state. With this change there are no commissioners left who were part of the VC Summer project problem. For…