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Santee Cooper Debt – Tick, Tick, Tick … $, $$, $$$$

Debt adds up daily for Santee Cooper because of the VC Summer nuclear project shutdown and other operations. It is a million dollars a day just from the interest that is adding up. ECC has written about the debt for some time. The main point ECC has made about the debt is usually the amount: Read more about Santee Cooper Debt – Tick, Tick, Tick … $, $$, $$$$[…]

Why Climate Data and Energy Planning Go Together

Why mention extreme weather in a blog site about energy? Weather affects our energy. How much energy is used, how reliable electricity is, how much it costs… Early in 2019 we had a cold snap in the Carolinas, then a warm streak that had trees pollinating. Back into 20-degree weather in many places this first Read more about Why Climate Data and Energy Planning Go Together[…]

“This Time It’s Different” – Mighty Expensive Words for Santee Cooper

“This time it’s different.” You have heard people say it, typically when something goes wrong and they are going to try again, the same way. The phrase has made people stay the course when their actions failed. They do precisely the same thing but expect a different result. ECC believes it applies to the ownership Read more about “This Time It’s Different” – Mighty Expensive Words for Santee Cooper[…]

In Economic Development the Bottom Line Is THE Bottom Line

Utilities are old hands at economic development. Have been for years for good reason. It is enlightened self-interest: A better business environment brings a more stable economy, good workforce and more predictable sales for the business of a utility. Lots of people win, including the public when it is done well. The Southeast has been Read more about In Economic Development the Bottom Line Is THE Bottom Line[…]

Electric Dereg – May Not Be What Was Intended

Carolina energy consumers may have to fit a whole new set of words in their heads. Energy deregulation, or energy choice. Maybe consumer choice. Over the past several weeks in the Carolinas some legislators, activists, trade groups and other organizations are proposing that the retail electric industry — the kind that serves residences, small businesses, Read more about Electric Dereg – May Not Be What Was Intended[…]

North Carolina Is Part of a Smart Electricity Task Force

The electric grid of today grew from disparate and unconnected power systems over decades. New technology demands that a heightened long-term approach be taken to make sure we have secure, connected, efficient and affordable electricity. The Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning is a national group that will tackle regulatory, business and technological issues in a Read more about North Carolina Is Part of a Smart Electricity Task Force[…]

Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?

Paying for essential energy needs should not be a family’s budget buster. Lots of family needs compete for the same dollars – education, replacing a car, work clothes, groceries, trying to save for retirement. Budgets are top of mind. The General Assembly of South Carolina makes decisions soon about the sale of Santee Cooper. That Read more about Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?[…]

Prepare Now for Solar Panel Recycling

What do solar panels have to do with chickens and eggs? When it comes to recycling photo voltaic panels, more than it may seem. Solar power to make electricity is increasing in the U.S., most in utility-scale (large) projects for the electric grid. Companies are also adding their own solar generating facilities. Residential installations follow. Read more about Prepare Now for Solar Panel Recycling[…]

People Are Talking – About Your House

There are more than 10,000 people talking about your house this week. Really. Your house is a hot topic at DistribuTech, an annual electric power transmission and distribution conference in New Orleans this year. Lots of people are there. ECC thought you might want to know what they are saying. They want to know if Read more about People Are Talking – About Your House[…]

Clock is Ticking to Sell Santee Cooper, Handle the Debt

A sale of Santee Cooper might be closer to a reality, and so may be a way out of the $9 billion of debt Santee Cooper customers would have to pay. The marketplace is working. “A strong market for sale exists,” said the report commissioned by the South Carolina Public Service Authority Evaluation Committee of Read more about Clock is Ticking to Sell Santee Cooper, Handle the Debt[…]