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[…]

Carolina Energy 2019: Behind the Scene Costs

A lot happens behind the scenes to get your electricity to you. All with costs. Here are some of those costs. This is part of our series … What should Carolinians expect, ask for, or watch for in their energy world in 2019? Energy Consumers of the Carolinas asked a handful of energy professionals. This column is Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: Behind the Scene Costs[…]

SCANA / Dominion Merger Approved. What’s Next? Debt

The South Carolina Public Service Commission approved the merger between SCANA and Dominion Energy December 14. That move, “All but guarantees that Dominion Energy will take over SCANA and electric and gas businesses in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia,” said financial publication Market Screener after the decision. Nuclear debt is not decided in the PSC decision, though. It is one step Read more about SCANA / Dominion Merger Approved. What’s Next? Debt[…]

Carolina Energy 2019: Help Wanted

What should Carolinians expect, ask for, or watch for in their energy world in 2019? Energy Consumers of the Carolinas asked a handful of energy professionals. This column is about the people in the electric energy workforce, and it is not about something that is changing a lot, but something we hope will change for the better: Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: Help Wanted[…]

Carolina Energy 2019: More Collaboration?

What should Carolinians expect, ask for, or watch for in their energy world in 2019? Energy Consumers of the Carolinas asked a handful of energy professionals. The year can be a pivot point in energy. This column is about collaboration, and how 2019 could be a year when available technology matches up with policy. If that happens, Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: More Collaboration?[…]

With the First Winter Blast to the Carolinas, Thank a Utility Lineworker

With the first big storm of the 2018-19 winter now having hit, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas decided to revisit a blog that got a lot of attention following the hurricanes that hit the Carolinas. It is about the line workers who put themselves out in the cold, wet and dangerous weather to maintain our Read more about With the First Winter Blast to the Carolinas, Thank a Utility Lineworker[…]

When Do Power Outages Happen?

When do outages happen? Answer: All the time, but for various reasons. Over the past several months, Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages when violent weather happens. Usually lightning, high winds, and ice are the causes. What about outages other Read more about When Do Power Outages Happen?[…]

Before You Cook For Thanksgiving…

As Thanksgiving approaches, here’s some energy information that may help you. Running the self-cleaning on an oven is pretty low-cost, until it isn’t. Here’s what we mean. If you are paying about 13-cents a kilowatt for electricity, which is about the cost in the Carolinas, it will run you something on the order of $1 Read more about Before You Cook For Thanksgiving…[…]

SC Legislature Starts Critical Process About Santee Cooper

The South Carolina legislature on Tuesday tackled a thorny issue:  How to handle the sale of Santee Cooper. Consumers concerned about the mammoth debt from the terminated V.C. Summer nuclear plant should keep their eyes on the key criteria of a possible sale, as reported in the Post and Courier: “But first a company must Read more about SC Legislature Starts Critical Process About Santee Cooper[…]