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Regulation Should Achieve Goals

“Principle-based regulation,” or, regulate business based on goals for the public. “Smart regulation” is another label. It means to regulate with head and heart, not by bureaucratic mandates. Regulate with knowledge of what it…

Quick Take – Saudi Refinery Fire = Higher Costs?

The headline - “Saudi oil attacks. Will fuel prices go up?” That was Saturday, September 14. Yes, at the pump but, no, not at the electric socket is the easiest answer. That is only if the price of crude oil goes up and stays up. There…
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Quick Take - Electric Consumers Are Changing

“Today’s energy consumers … want more than affordable and reliable electricity from their utilities.” That is according to Curtis Wynn, president and CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative in Ahoskie, North Carolina. He is also president…

Storms Require More Resilient Power Systems

Hurricane Dorian fades away. Not the memory, though, and what could have been if there was a major direct hit. This is worth noting now because September 10 is traditionally the most active day of the hurricane season. Let’s mark the day…
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NC Clean Energy Planning – Supporting Documents Posted

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality has posted more documents for its draft Clean Energy Plan. The supporting documents explain various parts of the energy plan process and input. The round-up page is here. The NC DEQ…
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Labor Day Salute to Carolina Utility Workers

Plugging in an appliance is a simple thing, but getting the power to your plug takes many people. So this Labor Day Energy Consumers of the Carolinas tips its hat to a few people who represent the hard work of so may people in the energy…

Santee Cooper - Till Debt Do Us Part

When you dig yourself into a deep hole, stop digging. ECC has said that before about Santee Cooper, its debt, the negative news, the ongoing odd decisions. It’s customer money out the door, and money that will have to go out the door…

Energy Careers - Back to School Issue - Part Two

Energy employers are having a tough time finding qualified applicants. We wrote about that in our first Back to School blog recently. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas sees the vested interest in Carolinians being interested in, and prepared…

Quick Take - Posted - A Draft NC Clean Energy Plan

North Carolina has posted a draft “Clean Energy Plan” for public comment. The state website announcing the plan says: After a robust stakeholder process, DEQ has prepared a draft of the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan for public…

Energy Careers - Back to School Issue - Part One

77 percent of employers in the energy industry say they have difficulty hiring qualified workers. Three in ten employers say it is actually “very difficult.” (Source) Seems like a good place to find a career, if you are qualified…