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Energy Consumer Weekend - September 18

Something prophesied for decades may be happening now: Peak Oil. As with so many things, though, it is not happening in the way many experts thought. Whether it is occurring and what it means to consumers has varied possibilities. Consumers…

Energy Density and "Battery Day"

Energy consumers will hear more about the idea of energy density. That is the amount of energy that is stored in a particular area per unit of volume. In other words, an exceptionally large space that contains little ability to make energy…

Santee Cooper – It’s Not a Game

The ongoing surprises of Santee Cooper can be gone in a relative heartbeat if it is sold to an investor-owned utility. Period. No more debates about what kind of surprise is next. Done. The State of South Carolina has a lot of other issues…

Big Utilities Have Special Weather Skills

Hurricanes and other weather phenomena are changing. ECC wrote about that last week as we talked with the author of A Furious Sky, a 500-year history of hurricanes. (See it here.) Utilities are well-versed in weather forecasting and how it…

Energy Consumer Weekend - Sept. 11

Business is more than business, more than a corporate balance sheet. Consumers want to know more about the companies that serve them, more than bottom line figures. Important topics are about ESG – environmental, social, and governance. These…

Something to Think About - Charge Your Cell Phone All Day?

ECC has written about big nuclear projects, and now it is time to get really small – cell phone charging. The question is about whether to keep charging your phone all day, or not. ECC is no expert on this, which we realized even more after…

The Bottom Drops on Bottom Lines. Consumers Could Feel the Jolt

“South Carolina lawmakers will again have a significant amount of extra money to spend in next year's budget. … a nearly $2 billion increase in the general fund, which lawmakers control, for the budget year that starts in July 2020.”…

Be Alert to Changes in Hurricanes

“Time for the most active part of hurricane season,” said Jacksonville’s WJXT meteorologist Mark Collins. “The season is about to go into overdrive,” he added, “75% of all tropical activity typically occurs after Aug. 28.” That…

Energy Consumer Weekend – Labor Day 2020

Perhaps more this year than other Labor Days has a particularly special meaning. Essential workers of all kinds have been in the headlines … because of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, extreme heat, and a pandemic! ECC emphasizes energy and…

Santee Cooper Customers Stuck Again

Stuck again. Santee Cooper customers, that is. The company is turning 100 cents of customer dollars into a whole lot less. Costs of paying for unbuilt nuclear plants. Customers are committed to pay for nuclear costs for years (though it does…