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Turkey Trot Power

As tens of thousands of South Carolinians prepare for their turkey trot, gobble wobble, or other Thanksgiving Day race I got to thinking that was tons of kinetic energy being created. Kinetic energy is energy created by any body by virtue…
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Santee Cooper Financial Rating is Lowered

The financial rating agency Fitch* lowered the rating of Santee Cooper’s bonds. Admittedly it is a change from A+ to A-, but a two-step downgrade nonetheless. The direction is not what is desired. Also, the rating went from a “negative…
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What's Cook'n?

As we count our blessings and pour out gratitude this week over the Thanksgiving holiday, I give thanks for access to electrical power. I begin to wonder, how much energy will preparing one Thanksgiving dinner for eight people take? Let’s…
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Wind Power is Coming Of Age in the Carolinas

The Carolinas electric generation profile is changing. Coal is decreasing its share of electric generation. Renewables are gaining, and one renewable is getting more press. Wind energy gains attention as its costs go down. Financial news…

Before You Cook For Thanksgiving...

As Thanksgiving approaches, here's some energy information that may help you. Running the self-cleaning on an oven is pretty low-cost, until it isn’t. Here’s what we mean. If you are paying about 13-cents a kilowatt for electricity, which…
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Debt: There Are "No Shortcuts"

“Black Friday,” November 23, is coming up fast and shoppers will hit the stores with credit cards in hand. It is a day when a lot of household debt is created. So we will use that date to look at debt because the terminated nuclear project…
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From Elected to Energized

We cast our votes a week ago, so signs are starting to come down, political ads have ceased, and polling phone calls have taken a break...phew. My daughter turned 18 in October so this election day was an especially exciting for me. I…
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SC Legislature Starts Critical Process About Santee Cooper

The South Carolina legislature on Tuesday tackled a thorny issue:  How to handle the sale of Santee Cooper. Consumers concerned about the mammoth debt from the terminated V.C. Summer nuclear plant should keep their eyes on the key criteria…

Wintertime is a (Natural) Gas

With the first real cold snap in the Carolinas  behind us, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas is revisiting an energy source big during the heating season: Natural gas. We are doing this because a recent report said that natural gas in storage…
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Paradise Lost a Power Problem?

The New York Times reports that California has so many wildfires for many reasons including climate change, dense population, fire suppression, Santa Ana winds, and downed power lines. This last one makes me think not about casting blame…