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What is Energy Poverty?

Energy poverty is a phrase that is fairly new, getting traction let’s say in the last five years or so. It is being more finely defined as it gets debated. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas will take several looks at the topic in the next…
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A Balancing Act - Low Electric Rates Can Still Mean High Bills

Here’s an energy paradox: “Some states have low electricity prices but residents pay more to power their homes, and others have high prices and low consumer bills. But the occurrence of high prices paired with high bills is rare,”…

Autumn Season Starts Heating Season - Ready?

The Carolinas moved from summer to autumn last week, so clicking on the heating system at home or in business is coming up fast. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas found a few hints about making sure your heating system is ready.* Note that…

Electrical Safety After the Storm

(NOTE: October 10, 2018 - Two tropical storms or hurricanes in one month foe the Carolinas. Florence and Michael. Carolinians have to be ready for storms all the time during hurricane season.) Hurricane Florence leaves the Carolinas…
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Energy Labor Day Countdown - Thursday

It's Thursday and Energy Consumers of the Carolinas will introduce you to more good people who are working in and for the Carolinas in the energy industry. Each day this week we have featured several different people out there in the Carolinas,…

Food for Thought

I recently wrote about direct Santee Cooper clients and the potential that they might EACH pay on average $1,292 annually for 36 years (over $49,000 in total) in order to cover the Santee Cooper portion of the debt incurred from the failed…
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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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Small Business Power: On a Mission (Part 3) "Driving to Action"

Note:  We're adding a new feature to our site - a focus on energy and small business we're calling "Small Business Power."  We're kicking it off with this three-part series of blog posts, "On a Mission."  Read Part 1 here.  Read Part 2…
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Transparency is the New Objectivity

“Transparency is the new objectivity.” That comment from a national business reporter at a conference I recently attended. The takeaway: Transparency builds organizational trust. It improves understanding. Transparency in the present…