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Cracks in Santee Cooper’s Rate Freeze?

Santee Cooper has a rate freeze. Does it really? A freeze for how long? Under what terms? Santee Cooper’s June 22 board meeting shows cracks in the much-publicized rate freeze for customers. Will Santee Cooper’s financial health break…

Something to Think About: What is a Battery?

A simple question? Like so many energy questions, what is a battery, is changing. The racks upon racks of round and rectangular batteries in a big box store are a small part of the definition now. Those batteries rely on chemical reactions…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 26: 2020 - What Have We Learned

Halfway through 2020 and the year is nothing if not unusual. True for the world and also for energy. This Energy Consumers Weekend will look at the changes and a constant in energy. The boom busted early in 2020, across the board. People…

“Opportunity” for Climate Change Action: Report

"Three years and $3 trillion." The headline caught our eye. It was in Bloomberg News. “A new report from the International Energy Agency details what it will take to lock in this year’s drop in emissions.” Energy consumers take note.…

An Interview with the Leader of the US Energy Association

Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA). Through its membership, USEA represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector. In his role, he represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 19

Summer has traditionally been a time for peak electric power use. How about this summer, which starts Saturday, June 20? How will you fare electrically this summer? How can you manage the "dog days of summer"? That's this week's energy consumer…

Quick Take – Cyber Threats Gain Steam

A fake industrial control system (ICS) tempted a lot of bad players on the web recently. Electric customers should take note. There’s a “pervasive the cyber risk is to the industrial sector,” say the people who ran the exercise, reported…

Quick Take – Utility Survival Depends on New Thinking

To Remain Relevant, Utilities Should Start Thinking Like Tech Companies. That is the title of a column that is a favorite of mine. It is a slightly older column (last summer), and worth re-visiting. The pandemic changes business rules. New…

Pandemic Economics Impact Power Companies, Customers

Economic impacts from the pandemic are hitting utilities, states, and cities. Important data for South Carolina hit the street last week. The South Carolina General Fund Revenue Monitor was issued June 11. Significant negatives for state income.…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 12

As a consumer you may hope to support companies that claim to be energy-efficient and environmentally conscious. Your dollars are your votes in the free enterprise system. How can you know what the company says has merit? Or, when a statement…