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Energy Consumer Weekend - June 26: 2020 - What Have We Learned

Halfway through 2020 and the year is nothing if not unusual. True for the world and also for energy. This Energy Consumers Weekend will look at the changes and a constant in energy. The boom busted early in 2020, across the board. People…

An Interview with the Leader of the US Energy Association

Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA). Through its membership, USEA represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector. In his role, he represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy…

It’s Electric Co-op Meeting Season

Electric cooperatives are a special breed of energy company. They really exemplify so much of what we consider traditional values in our nation, what has built our nation. Electric co-ops serve about 20 million Americans. A centerpiece of…

Utility Teamwork is Essential to Serve Customers

Getting power to customers and keeping the power on may have been a hallmark of success for utilities in the past. Not anymore. It is bigger than that. There are more dimensions to be a utility now. Successful companies tap strategic vendors,…

The Next Shoe to Drop? Utility/Customer Finances Pressed By Virus

Hold on tight as the next shoe drops with the pandemic, recession, and utility bills. Smaller utility operations in particular could have a tough time. Here’s a blunt assessment: “One looming problem involves the more than 80 N.C. cities…

Quick Take - Safety First - Call Before You Dig

Homeowners are out in force in their yards. Time for a quick safety reminder. Call 811 before you or anyone you hire starts to dig in your yard. “One of the most potentially hazardous situations in residential areas, industrial plants and…

“Wires” Need Center Stage in the Electric Industry

Making electricity gets a lot of press. Generation is the sexy side of the industry – solar, wind, hydro. Even energy conservation is viewed as appealing. The transmission and distribution side of the industry isn’t so lucky. T&D…

Quick Take – Final Module Set on Georgia Nuclear Plant

Southern Company announced another milestone for it nuclear plant construction. “The final module for Georgia Power's Vogtle Unit 3, a massive water tank, has been placed atop the containment vessel and shield building roof at the company's…

At Santee Cooper the Past is Prologue

Tradition serves us well when it guides and enriches us. Tradition is a liability when it holds us captive to a past that can’t serve our current and future needs. Pretty much sums up Santee Cooper – a company with a rich South Carolina…

North Carolina Looks at Offshore Wind Energy

Wind energy can be produced onshore or offshore. North Carolina just put out a request for proposals to spur offshore development and bolster the supply chain for that energy source in the state. The Energy News Network reported on the effort. North…