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“This Time It’s Different” – Mighty Expensive Words for Santee Cooper

“This time it’s different.” You have heard people say it, typically when something goes wrong and they are going to try again, the same way. The phrase has made people stay the course when their actions failed. They do precisely the…
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Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?

Paying for essential energy needs should not be a family’s budget buster. Lots of family needs compete for the same dollars - education, replacing a car, work clothes, groceries, trying to save for retirement. Budgets are top of mind.…
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Could Santee Cooper Debt Climb $300,000,000 More?

A million dollars a day is being added to Santee Cooper’s debt for the unfinished nuclear facility and its utility operations. ECC wrote about that just a few weeks ago. Here’s a twist on that: Some news reports say the South Carolina…
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Clock is Ticking to Sell Santee Cooper, Handle the Debt

A sale of Santee Cooper might be closer to a reality, and so may be a way out of the $9 billion of debt Santee Cooper customers would have to pay. The marketplace is working. “A strong market for sale exists,” said the report commissioned…
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Speaking Out For Our Energy Future

For a year Energy Consumers of the Carolinas [ECC] has provided consumer information. Now readers can see a definite viewpoint in some of our work. Our site now features some calls to action about important energy issues. It’s time.…
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Debt, Sale of Santee Cooper Are Energy Priorities

The list of electric energy decisions in South Carolina is reduced by one. On January 2, 2019, the merger between SCANA and Dominion is done. Southeast Energy Group is the new name for the company that was South Carolina Electric and Gas. Next,…
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Rockette Power

I love the holiday season. I especially enjoy all the lights and beautifully decorated homes. It is interesting to me that even though I have lived in cold and snowy places like Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio, the beautiful lights so common…
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Michael Payne on Wind Energy

I have recently learned about and written about innovations in wind energy right here in South Carolina as I explored the research and testing facility at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston. Therefore, I wanted…
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SCANA / Dominion Merger Approved. What's Next? Debt

The South Carolina Public Service Commission approved the merger between SCANA and Dominion Energy December 14. That move, "All but guarantees that Dominion Energy will take over SCANA and electric and gas businesses in South Carolina, North…
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When Do Power Outages Happen?

When do outages happen? Answer: All the time, but for various reasons. Over the past several months, Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages…