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“Strip Away the Blue-sky Spin” in the RTO Debate

Having a grid operator makes a lot of sense according to one energy expert. That grid operator is an RTO – regional transmission organization. There’s a catch, though. “So far nobody has figured out how to do it the right way,” says…

Policymakers Have a Habit of Making Inefficient Markets

“An RTO is an industrial purchasing bureau, similar to the Soviet construction.” RTO = regional transmission organization, and it is being “studied” as something to implement in the Carolinas, if not the whole Southeast. The…

Energy Jobs Will Grow

The top two fastest-growing jobs in the next 10 years that do not require a college degree are in energy. That is what a Bureau of Labor Statistics report says. Those jobs are in new energy technologies – wind energy technicians and solar…

A Single State RTO is South Carolina’s One Car Parade

Have you ever seen a one-car parade? Get ready. South Carolina takes its first step in an electric market restructuring process. It could change how South Carolinians get their electricity, how much electricity, and what they pay. A legislative…

Throw the BS Flag on Part of the Energy Debate

Someone needs to throw the BS flag on a part of the energy debate in the Carolinas. Consider it thrown. Last week the South Carolina legislature’s committee to investigate a regional transmission organization (RTO) convened. Perhaps investigate…

South Carolina’s Flirtation with RTOs Begins. Watch-out Where this Leads

There was a legislative committee meeting in Columbia Thursday. It didn’t garner headlines; it wasn’t on the evening news.  Not even a Tweet or peep from the usual Capital reporters who follow such things report out in 280 characters or…

How to Have a (Cold) Free Lunch in Energy

Nuance is missing in the energy debate in the Carolinas and other states. The either/or mentality hurts us at a time when discussing finance, technology, science, and social needs would help us all. A recent letter to an NC State publication…

It’s Simple – the Electric System in the Southeast Works

Simplicity counts; complexity adds up. That’s the lesson from the electric regulation world. In fact, one state utility commissioner told me he hoped one of my columns would urge companies and governments to keep processes simple so they…

Climate Change – What’s in a Name?

An energy and environmental news story appeared in North Carolina that ought to get more coverage. I’ll add my effort to that. There’s consensus on resilience, but don’t say ‘climate’ is a good look at the issue of climate debate…
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What South Carolina Can Learn About Energy from Texas

South Carolina is a lot like Texas – making news on a national basis when it comes to energy. For failures. Money down the drain. Organizations that failed customer needs. Both states can learn, specially from Texas. Lesson: It is a poor…