Hy-time for Hydrogen

“After years of unmet promises, hydrogen vehicles could finally be catching on. If so, it'll be a convoy of clean semi-trucks — not a bunch of quirky passenger cars — leading the way.” (Source) Who’d have thought? To be fair, trucks…

Veteran's Day and Energy

World War 1 transformed the use of energy, in addition to transforming politics, cultures, and technology. Today is Veteran’s Day, which emerged with World War 1’s armistice that took effect at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918. It’s a day…

Santee Cooper's Finances in Focus

The Post and Courier ran a spot-on letter to the editor Thursday, November 5. It succinctly described the real financial picture of Santee Cooper: Underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars through 2029. Losing $24 million just this year.…

Weekend Energy Consumer - Balancing Act Edition

“When will everything go back to normal?” When I moved to an electric company that was just starting its transition to the future, I heard that question from several employees. The answer was, “This is normal, until next week, then it…

Bullish on Hydrogen

“I’m bullish on hydrogen,” says CNBC market analyst Jim Cramer about a fuel touted to clean-up the environment. “Over the next 10 to 20 years, I expect hydrogen to take major market share in transportation, power storage for renewables…

Something to Think About – What Kind of Web Are We Weaving?

The Power Grid Is Getting Bigger, But Plants Are Shrinking. That is a Bloomberg News headline. (Below) Seems contrary, doesn’t it? But it is true and has a lesson about our energy future. Key paragraph in the story: “All these power generation…

Energy Users Vote Everyday

Election Day. Thought it would never get here, didn’t you? Every four years, and for much of the time in between candidates for political office are on the air and on the web to say either what they have done, or what they will do if elected. This…

Weekend Energy Consumer - Halloween Edition

It’s Halloween and a time for scary things. Some of them are about energy. The way we use energy, some of its effects, and its impact on our lives can be frightening. Here are some scary energy issues, and then some ways to make them less…

Quick Take - Gas or Gasoline?

Definitions are important if you are part of the energy industry. For instance – gas and gasoline. Not the same thing. When an energy person talks about gas it is typically natural gas, a fossil energy source from deep in the earth. It is…

Manufacturing and Electric Costs

South Carolina and California. Not sure you could find states with the most divergent of viewpoints. An interesting parallel struck me in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week. Nevada Does a California is the title. The thrust of the…