Jacksonville Didn't Sell. Now the Utility is Downgraded. SC, Take Note.

Jacksonville Electric Authority, a city-owned utility, was up for sale, then it wasn’t. And now more news: JEA downgraded because of governance instability, said Bond Buyer magazine. The article cites managerial risk, financial risk, and…

Coal Deliveries Decline in 2019

Coal as a go-to fuel for electric power continues to decline. The Energy Information Agency confirmed that 2019 saw a 6.7 percent drop in coal deliveries to US power plants. “Coal’s forecast share of electricity generation will fall from…

Prepare Now for Storm-related Power Outages

Tornadoes moved across Tennessee this week. It’s a reminder that Spring storm season is beginning, maybe even a bit early. Prepare now for possible storm-related power outages. ECC gathered information here that may help you prepare.…

Santee Cooper Options Side-by-Side

With all the reporting about the three options to solve the Santee Cooper nightmare, ECC thinks it is good to see important parts of the proposals side by side. This is high-level just because it is not multi-pages or volumes, but useful. Pick…

A Track Record Versus “a Wish and a Hope”

Fragments of the NextEra offer for Santee Copper have been reported. Not the whole thing. Lots of data is being reviewed these days by policymakers, so it can be tough to get it all. The view of ECC is that all proposals ought to get…

Collaboration Builds Energy and Climate Success for Charlotte

Excellent energy planning, creativity and teamwork is paying off for Charlotte, NC. The city is getting national attention for its utility/city collaboration. “The city council approved a 35-megawatt project to generate 24% of its municipal…

All Electricity is Local

Community engagement has been one theme in the discussion about utilities in the Carolinas. Community relations is a topic I know well having managed major corporate philanthropy and community relations groups over the years and taught…

A Santee Cooper Surprise

Did you ever sit next to someone in school who copied your answers in a test? How did you feel? Trust that person again? Santee Cooper doesn’t seem to be able to do its own homework. All the proposals on the table about the best way to…

NC Transportation Emissions Under Scrutiny

Reducing emissions from North Carolina’s transportation system is the theme of a just-released study. Its conclusions are blunt: “Reducing North Carolina’s GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions will require the state to make significant commitments,…

Quick Take: Digging Deep for Energy

Geothermal energy was a topic in a blog we recently posted. Just after that a story appeared that shows how geothermal energy is being applied to homes, and how new energy entrants are shaking up the industry. Dandelion Energy is a spin-off…