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Do Light Bulbs Really Make a Difference? Yes!

Light bulbs, small as they are, make for big energy savings. New light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs use some 80 percent less electricity than old incandescent bulbs. LEDs are more efficient to the point that they helped US electric usage flatten and sometimes decline over the years. Why does such a small item like a bulb Read more about Do Light Bulbs Really Make a Difference? Yes![…]

What Are Green Bonds?

The story: “Duke Energy Progress issued $600 million in bonds to finance eligible green energy projects, including solar energy projects in North Carolina and South Carolina.” (Charlotte Business Journal) What is a green bond? A bond is a financial instrument an organization uses to borrow money. Companies (examples: IBM or Kimberly Clark) and governments (federal, Read more about What Are Green Bonds?[…]

Energy Employees Create a Buzz in the Community

This week is National Volunteer Week, and Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 18. There is a common thread in both – values. Recent news stories about “lineman rodeos” show the dedication and hard work of these electric industry people. A look at electric company websites report stories of many employees working in the community. While Read more about Energy Employees Create a Buzz in the Community[…]

Five Interesting Energy Stories – March 2019

ECC has a quick round-up of energy activities and people in the Carolinas and around us to help our readers see the big picture of energy. Coal Country Energy Without the Coal Here’s one way to look at an existing energy asset in a new way. “Southwest Virginia lawmakers are looking to pumped-storage hydro and Read more about Five Interesting Energy Stories – March 2019[…]

South Carolina Energy – A New Kind of March Madness?

Headlines over the past year or so in South Carolina reflect the controversy in the energy industry. Not just controversy, really. Confusion, too. Trying to track the events is perhaps another way to define the term March Madness, just not the basketball variety. The confusion, action and lack of action can drive people mad. This Read more about South Carolina Energy – A New Kind of March Madness?[…]

Three Kinds of Electric Utilities Serve the Carolinas

There are different kinds of electric utilities in the Carolinas. People may not even think about them because if electric service is running properly, well, why think about it? With the headlines in our states over the past several years about ownership of electric companies and services and rates, this may be a good time Read more about Three Kinds of Electric Utilities Serve the Carolinas[…]

One Year Ago, BRRRR!

Think back about one year. Here was the headline: “Duke Energy wants you to conserve electricity during cold snap.” It was just more than a year ago that Duke set a single-day record for electric demand (January 5). We have not had anything like it yet this season, but it could be just around the Read more about One Year Ago, BRRRR![…]

Debt, Sale of Santee Cooper Are Energy Priorities

The list of electric energy decisions in South Carolina is reduced by one. On January 2, 2019, the merger between SCANA and Dominion is done. Southeast Energy Group is the new name for the company that was South Carolina Electric and Gas. Next, the possible sale of Santee Cooper and how the wallets of customers Read more about Debt, Sale of Santee Cooper Are Energy Priorities[…]

Energy 2018: Government and Business – Each Has a Role

State government have a role in various industries such as electricity. Should a state government be in the business of energy? Let’s look. Early in 2018 ECC noted that the electric industry is changing and consumer knowledge will support the evolution of the electric industry in the Carolinas. As we end 2018 let’s reflect on Read more about Energy 2018: Government and Business – Each Has a Role[…]

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[…]