Utility Teamwork is Essential to Serve Customers

Getting power to customers and keeping the power on may have been a hallmark of success for utilities in the past. Not anymore. It is bigger than that. There are more dimensions to be a utility now. Successful companies tap strategic vendors,…

The Next Shoe to Drop? Utility/Customer Finances Pressed By Virus

Hold on tight as the next shoe drops with the pandemic, recession, and utility bills. Smaller utility operations in particular could have a tough time. Here’s a blunt assessment: “One looming problem involves the more than 80 N.C. cities…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 5

You know that catch phrase from the cell phone commercial. It applies to a story that we saw recently. We like to pass along jobs well done in the energy industry and we think this one ought to lead our weekend edition. The Richland Electric…

Quick Take - Safety First - Call Before You Dig

Homeowners are out in force in their yards. Time for a quick safety reminder. Call 811 before you or anyone you hire starts to dig in your yard. “One of the most potentially hazardous situations in residential areas, industrial plants and…

“Wires” Need Center Stage in the Electric Industry

Making electricity gets a lot of press. Generation is the sexy side of the industry – solar, wind, hydro. Even energy conservation is viewed as appealing. The transmission and distribution side of the industry isn’t so lucky. T&D…

With Santee Cooper, Energy Success Is Possible, If Only…

Santee Cooper it is not just about fixing what is in the present but looking towards the opportunities of the future. A South Carolina Electric Cooperative leader said that a few months ago in the SC General Assembly. Nailed it! That viewpoint…

Quick Take - What Is a Microgrid?

The electric grid has been called the greatest invention of the 20th Century. The big electric grid, that web of power generation, transmission and distribution. Micro-grids may be a big feature of the 21st Century. They are really just like…

Energy Consumer Weekend – May 29

Summertime arrives in the Carolinas at the snap of our fingers. Seems that way sometimes. Our feature image reflects that feeling. It is the sun rising over cedars and sweet gums to warm South Charlotte. Summer 2020 will start unlike any…

Quick Take – Final Module Set on Georgia Nuclear Plant

Southern Company announced another milestone for it nuclear plant construction. “The final module for Georgia Power's Vogtle Unit 3, a massive water tank, has been placed atop the containment vessel and shield building roof at the company's…

At Santee Cooper the Past is Prologue

Tradition serves us well when it guides and enriches us. Tradition is a liability when it holds us captive to a past that can’t serve our current and future needs. Pretty much sums up Santee Cooper – a company with a rich South Carolina…