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Santee Cooper Debt - Clean the Slate

“A clean slate.” The term is often used at the start of a new year. It means to start fresh, to be rid of debt. Or, to get people on an even footing. That may not be the exact phrase used about Santee Cooper’s nuclear debt and how…
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From Tennis to Turbines

I have enjoyed the game of tennis for decades and across many states. I have always had access to a tennis court but never owned one. Whereas sharing cars and bikes is a newer twist to the sharing economy, one might argue that tennis clubs…
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When it Comes to Santee Cooper, Legislators Should Keep their Eyes on the Ball

As an entrepreneur and mother, “follow through” and “focus” are two of life’s most important lessons which I acquired from playing tournament, high school, and college tennis. As I prepare for this season’s final tennis match…
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Carolina Energy 2019: In South Carolina – Time to Implement Decisions

Focus and timely decisions from regulators and policymakers are essential to successfully move into 2019.  Over the next few weeks, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas will look ahead at 2019 in the energy business. We will cover a wide…
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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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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…
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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…
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Nuclear Power: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get"

A nuclear power headline this week deserves attention, and it is not about South Carolina’s nuclear debates. The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report that was extremely favorable about nuclear energy: “New public policies…