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Energy Consumers of the Carolinas

An Energy Information Resource for the Plugged In Consumer

Industries Should Have a Say in NC’s Clean Energy Plan

North Carolina says it wants input on a Clean Energy Plan. Whether significant public input is in the plan depends on people making their voices heard, really heard, not assuming they are heard. A plan will be advanced. Will it have your input or not, especially if you are a business owner? A roundtable session Read more about Industries Should Have a Say in NC’s Clean Energy Plan[…]

Santee Cooper – Whose Debt Is It, Anyway?

Question: When it comes to Santee Cooper, whose debt is it, anyway? Answer: The debt belongs to Santee Cooper, to the customers. The debt was incurred by the decision of Santee Cooper. Check this. From the South Carolina Code about the SC Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper): “Credit and taxing power of the State and its subdivisions shall Read more about Santee Cooper – Whose Debt Is It, Anyway?[…]

“Stay Away from Downed Power Lines”

Severe storms, lightning, tornadoes and straight-line winds made it a challenge to keep the lights on this past week. Hunkering down for the storm is one thing. Staying safe afterwards requires attention, too. A big safety rule: “Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a power line is energized and dangerous, even when power Read more about “Stay Away from Downed Power Lines”[…]

Make a List, Check It…

Can just anyone possibly buy Santee Cooper? No. The South Carolina government created a list of criteria for a buyer. There are prospective buyers that meet the criteria originally laid out by the SC Legislature for a potential sale.  According to the consultant report about a possible sale, bid consideration criteria to purchase Santee Cooper Read more about Make a List, Check It…[…]

Save Santee Cooper by Selling It

From Scott Carlberg Why struggle when a solution is available? Why owe billions of dollars when a resource is available with the ability to handle that kind of money? Why debate at length a question that has been posed and researched by the South Carolina legislature? Beginning today, the South Carolina Senate debates the possible Read more about Save Santee Cooper by Selling It[…]

What Are Green Bonds?

The story: “Duke Energy Progress issued $600 million in bonds to finance eligible green energy projects, including solar energy projects in North Carolina and South Carolina.” (Charlotte Business Journal) What is a green bond? A bond is a financial instrument an organization uses to borrow money. Companies (examples: IBM or Kimberly Clark) and governments (federal, Read more about What Are Green Bonds?[…]

The Santee Cooper Seven

Certain questions come up time after time about Santee Cooper debt and the possible sale of the company. Understandable. The Santee Cooper situation is not typical. The massive debt is not typical. Seven questions come up a lot. Question 1: How much is the Santee Cooper debt? Answer: There have been debt numbers of $8 Read more about The Santee Cooper Seven[…]

Not Everyone Can Pay Higher Rates

Santee Cooper rates to increase. A $13 dollar a month increase in rates is anticipated by Santee Cooper over the next few years, said Santee Cooper (increase rates for the nuclear debt). As consumers are on the hook for the billions in debt it is even more important to get the figures out, consistent and Read more about Not Everyone Can Pay Higher Rates[…]

Be Well – Sell

From Scott Carlberg The financial rating of Santee Cooper relies in a large part on its ability to easily raise rates on customers. No other organization reviews and approves a Santee Cooper raise in rates. The Santee Cooper board is the group that can raise rates. By itself. Are you a customer? As Santee Cooper Read more about Be Well – Sell[…]