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Electricity Infrastructure Matters

From Bea Wray in South Carolina I used to travel quickly over the Wando Bridge to get kids to school or go to the grocery store. That changed recently. The 526 Wando Bridge was shut down for about a week to west-bound traffic as emergency…
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Our Energy System is a Portfolio of Resources

The viability of wind energy was part of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on May 19. (subscription required on the link)  That topic can get energy folks talking. It is a useful op-ed to read no matter where you live, not just New York,…
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A Hot One ... Ready for Summer?

Ready for summer? Or maybe the better question is whether your AC system and wallet are ready. Some people say we are in for a blast. "South Carolina summer expected to be even hotter than normal," said a Charleston Post and Courier story. …
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The 2018 NC Energy Conference

The North Carolina State Energy Conference was held a month ago, April 17-18.  A good crowd. Some 800+ people, which says good things about energy in North Carolina. The event had a pretty broad representation of energy, from generation sources…
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What is a Duck Curve?

If you hang around electricity professionals, you'll likely to eventually hear the term "duck curve." It is a reference to an electricity demand phenomena noticed in California, and it has been around for about ten years now. It has to do with…
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Keep a Carbon-free Energy Advantage

"The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more," said scientist Jonas Salk. Through the energy industry the public can extend an energy source that has provided us a big reward. The opportunity is with nuclear energy and re-licensing…
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The Electric Power Future of SC - A Viewpoint Has Been Outlined

In mid-March a document was posted from a South Carolina think-tank that states its view about an important state-level debate. The document is Santee Cooper’s Uncertain Future: A Historical, Policy and Financial Analysis of the South Carolina…
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Energy - Playing the Long Game

Play to win, don't play not to lose. Big difference. I first heard that phrase from a terrific book called, SWAY: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. It was one of the early books about the psychology of choice - why people make…
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A Mission to Serve Customers

Customers. Remember that word. As South Carolina news headlines echo about electric projects and who used to be, or is now in charge, what was getting built, but now is not, the customers are still out there tapping  and paying for a necessary…
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Who Moved My Electric Usage

A 20 year-old classic book about change is Who Moved My Cheese. The author says most people fear change, but living in a rapidly changing world, attitude and knowledge can alleviate fear and help people gain more control. The electric industry…