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SC's Electric Future: A Season of Discussion Begins

Citizens have a chance for a lot of listening and questions over the next few months. Good. Dialogue is positive. It lends transparency to reconciling the energy management / debt / future issues in South Carolina. Let’s aim for constructive…
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Thanks for Driving a Hybrid!

When I first purchased my hybrid Ford Fusion in 2013, I was starting a position with a one hour commute from Hilton Head, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia. The drive was mostly on two lane roads, some not very safe. So, I was seeking…
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Be "Power Prepared" for Peak Hurricane Season

September 10 is a big date in hurricane season. It is coming up. More on that in a bit. Hurricane season is ramping up if the past holds true. “The peak months for hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific are August through…
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A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words

Has your joy reading this summer included the South Carolina debt report? No, I did not think so. It is probably not much more complicated than 5th grade math, and yet it is difficult for me to grasp. Want to have a look for yourself? Here…
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Power On - Rock On: A Peak Demand Analogy

When is electricity like a rock concert? Costs go up when there is a big demand for tickets (or electricity). Both industries respond to peak demand from customers by using more resources. Let’s say a musician plays a small club…
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I Took a Quiz and Cried

I recently took the “Can You Ace the Santee Cooper Quiz?”  Will you please take it too? I cried. No, I was not worried about my personal performance or grade. And although the sound was the same, I was not reminded of the time in…
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Chasing Raindrops: An Energy Story

Is everyone dried out from the heavy storms last week in the Carolinas? While you may have been hunkered down during the storms, power companies with hydro-electric plants were hard at work during and after those storms. They have to be…
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Two Sides to the Energy Conservation Coin

Conserving energy has a one-two punch, a two-step plan, or two sides to the same coin. Whatever analogy you prefer, it is important to learn that the spectrum of energy conservation includes energy efficiency as well as demand response.…
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Small Business Power: Big Energy Savings in Small Business

As a coach to entrepreneurs, I often see communications to entrepreneurs that span the gamut from general business and funding strategies, to how to save on their energy bills, etc. So, I wondered what it was like to be responsible for that…
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Small Business Power: On a Mission (Part 3) "Driving to Action"

Note:  We're adding a new feature to our site - a focus on energy and small business we're calling "Small Business Power."  We're kicking it off with this three-part series of blog posts, "On a Mission."  Read Part 1 here.  Read Part 2…