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Will Legislators Keep Spending OPM on Santee Cooper?

The South Carolina General Assembly is debating OPM – Other People’s Money. OPM is a broad term that means cash is not coming from the wallets of people making the decisions. Decision-makers are largely immune from having financial skin…

An Earlier (Official) Start to the Hurricane Season?

Perhaps bowing to the inevitable after the past six hurricane seasons, the National Hurricane Center says it may officially change the start of the hurricane season. The NHC will start issuing Tropical Weather Outlooks starting May 15 this year.…

Women in Energy – Angela Hare

“I had gone through a trial by fire and that helped me get my next job.” Many successful people have that kind of story. A major event imprints a leadership lesson. That is the story of Angela Hare, Vice President of Information Technology,…

Kitty Hawk Makes Another Historic Benchmark

The winds at Kitty Hawk, NC, helped aviation and now energy. The Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project is a more than 120,000-acre proposed offshore wind energy project. It is 27 miles off the Outer Banks. In the planning for years, the project…

Women in Energy Leadership

“Challenge the supposed absolute truths,” distills the leadership advice of a veteran energy leadership coach. For more than a dozen years Sherri Baldwin, Principal of LeadAdvantage, Inc., a Charlotte based leadership development company,…

The Soft Side of Solar

The hard costs of solar have gone down and soft costs have been a source of concern. Hardware costs include all the materials needed to construct the system: module, inverter, racking, and electrical wiring. Soft costs include the…

Peering into the Future - Energy Trends in 2021

“There’s not going to be a whole lot of difference between the last day of 2020 and the first day of 2021.” That is a quote from the leader of the North Carolina Utility Commission Public Staff in a recent webinar. As writers strain…

A Look Back at 2020

In roughly 200 blogs since January 1, 2020, ECC assessed the energy picture in the Carolinas, and certainly well beyond the Carolinas. Energy is a big subject, bigger than two states. That is probably the biggest lesson of the year for everyone…

Energy Consumers are Interested in What’s Behind the Meter

Behind the meter, or in front of the meter. Where are you in your home? Lots of people wonder based on the ECC blogs with the most traffic. Our descriptions of in front of, and behind the meter have been long-term hits. So let’s review this…

Renewables Unstoppable During Pandemic

“Less power is being used during the pandemic. Less power means less use of coal to make power. Coal is stacking up, unused and un-needed is some places. Coal has not been the fuel-of-choice for some time. Electric generation from coal has…