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Would a Power Capacity Market Have Saved Texas?

“I think the Texas model, in the long-run, is very vulnerable." That is a quote from a national energy leader. It seems obvious following the Texas blackouts of 2021. However, that quote is from 2017. This article also said: “In the two-plus…

Texas Blackouts Are Simple, In a Complex Sort of Way

Texas’ recent power outages from the winter storm have lessons for the whole nation. The reason for the outages is simple, though only at a high level. The blackouts get complex fast. The complexity is already showing itself in the factual…

EV Charging Will Not Channel Gasoline Stations

Fill’r up? That message will stay the same whether the filling station is gasoline or electric, but that’s about where it stops. I got to thinking about the old service stations I recall from my youth, and even the changes I saw while working…

Santee Cooper’s Limited Choices

An old saying is, “How do you want it – good quality, fast, or cheap? Pick two, because you can’t have all three.” Every homeowner who’s ever hired-out a project knows if you demand high-quality delivered on a rapid timeline you are…

U.S. Energy Outlook Published

Energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions have gone down in the pandemic. Overall energy consumption – which includes electric and hydrocarbons – will return to old levels in years, not months. The U.S. Energy Information Agency issues…

Special Delivery to the South Carolina General Assembly

Santee Cooper CEO Mark Bonsall sent a letter to the General Assembly in late January announcing Santee Cooper will be in debt until 2055. Although likely not his intent the letter clearly highlights the choice confronting legislators: Pay off…

Why Santee Cooper "Reform" Won’t Work

Santee Cooper is different from almost every other utility in three big ways: It is state-owned Its Board of Directors has absolute autonomy over the rates it charges customers and the money the organization spends Mismanagement…

Carolina University Will Improve the Grid

Energy research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte recently had good news. The university reported a $3.6 million Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office chose UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure…

Women in Energy Leadership

“Challenge the supposed absolute truths,” distills the leadership advice of a veteran energy leadership coach. For more than a dozen years Sherri Baldwin, Principal of LeadAdvantage, Inc., a Charlotte based leadership development company,…

Power Plants Make Transition; Reduce Carbon

Two power plants have changed to reduce carbon emissions. The Indiantown Cogeneration Plant stopped operation at the very end of 2020. Florida Power and Light (FPL) bought the coal facility three years ago so it could be shut down. NextEra…