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Taking Steps Forward in the Santee Cooper Situation

From Scott Carlberg The South Carolina legislature is moving ahead in the potential sale of Santee Cooper. For good reason. Unless sold, Santee Cooper customers will pay higher electricity rates to help pay for a hole in the ground. Governor McMaster in his State of the State Address made it pretty clear that Santee Cooper Read more about Taking Steps Forward in the Santee Cooper Situation[…]

The Santee Cooper Seven

Certain questions come up time after time about Santee Cooper debt and the possible sale of the company. Understandable. The Santee Cooper situation is not typical. The massive debt is not typical. Seven questions come up a lot. Question 1: How much is the Santee Cooper debt? Answer: There have been debt numbers of $8 Read more about The Santee Cooper Seven[…]

Speak Up About the NC Clean Energy Plan

In North Carolina, your household, health and finances can be impacted by Executive Order No. 80 – North Carolina’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy. This is a process for many citizens to note, not just people in an energy discipline. Far-reaching Impact The process behind the order is Read more about Speak Up About the NC Clean Energy Plan[…]

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[…]

Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer

“Why can’t we just bury the wires?” When it comes to our electric system it is a simple question with no simple answer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas looks at some of the issues about undergrounding electric lines. This is a question that comes up following big storms – ice, hurricane, thunderstorms. First some background, explained Read more about Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer[…]

Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity

And the winners are – natural gas and renewable energy. That is the message from the US Energy Information Agency* in its new Annual Energy Outlook 2019. The report was released January 24. Natural gas and renewables are the two fastest growing fuels to make electricity in the US. Those are popular fuels in the Read more about Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity[…]

A Giant Pothole of Debt

About a million dollars a day is being added to Santee Cooper’s debt for the unfinished nuclear facility in South Carolina as well as its utility operations. Money owed by the customers of Santee Cooper. That money goes to pay the costs already incurred for construction, materials and financing. The debt is like big potholes Read more about A Giant Pothole of Debt[…]

SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.

A story in The State says, “The 177,000 customers that Santee Cooper directly serves now are paying about $5.35 a month, on average, for the failed [V.C. Summer] nuclear project. Barring a sale or another major change, that eventually will rise to $13.33 a month.” It adds up to real money, out of customers’ real pockets, Read more about SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.[…]

Electric Grid Improvement Is All Around Us

Some changes in our electric grid are hard to see. They are electric generating facilities being built or taken down, far from our daily view. Other changes in the grid are easy to see if we just look around. Here’s an example from a quick trip of mine in North Carolina just this week. This Read more about Electric Grid Improvement Is All Around Us[…]

Carolina 2019 New Year’s Energy Resolutions

2019! Can you feel the energy? You will. Carolina electricity consumers have a chance to make a lot of changes in their energy use, so ECC is offering-up some ideas for our readers – 2019 energy resolutions. There’s a quote from Louis L’Amour, the author of western  novels, that applies to Carolina energy in 2019: Read more about Carolina 2019 New Year’s Energy Resolutions[…]