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SC's Electric Future: A Season of Discussion Begins

Citizens have a chance for a lot of listening and questions over the next few months. Good. Dialogue is positive. It lends transparency to reconciling the energy management / debt / future issues in South Carolina. Let’s aim for constructive…
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Be "Power Prepared" for Peak Hurricane Season

September 10 is a big date in hurricane season. It is coming up. More on that in a bit. Hurricane season is ramping up if the past holds true. “The peak months for hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific are August through…
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Power On - Rock On: A Peak Demand Analogy

When is electricity like a rock concert? Costs go up when there is a big demand for tickets (or electricity). Both industries respond to peak demand from customers by using more resources. Let’s say a musician plays a small club…
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Chasing Raindrops: An Energy Story

Is everyone dried out from the heavy storms last week in the Carolinas? While you may have been hunkered down during the storms, power companies with hydro-electric plants were hard at work during and after those storms. They have to be…
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Join In: The Carolinas’ Energy Workforce

Want a satisfying career? Want to also help the Carolinas? Think about energy. Really. While Carolina energy headlines have largely been about reactors or pipelines, here is a different look at our energy system: Its workers. Specifically,…
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Simplicity: Important for Electric Rates and Consumers

Electric companies make delivering power look easy because the juice is there almost all the times that consumers need it. Electric generation and distribution is a complex business, though, so kudos for the companies that do it. As the…
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“Act With Dispatch” – Energy Systems Do It

Electricity travels at a certain speed, but not all power generation sources can be ready to make electricity at the same speed. “Dispatch” is the term in the electric utility business that refers to the time it takes to make power to…
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Our Electric Energy Freedoms

from Scott Carlberg, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas Our electric energy freedom is worth pondering this July 4th. In various measures, essentially 100% of Americans have access to electricity. Around the world there are 1.3 billion people…
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The Calendar Says the Heat Is On - Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018 is the start of summer. We can expect “famously hot” (as a Columbia slogan says) weather across the Carolinas.  WIST-TV, Columbia, even said, "Dangerous heat moves into the Midlands." WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham: "The first heat…