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Weekend Energy Consumer – Holiday Safety Edition

Steal an idea from Santa this holiday season: Check everything twice. That’s important as you use electricity. Wise use of power can affect your health, safety, and bank account. ECC checked various sources about the ways to improve our holiday…

Thanksgiving Gobbles Up Energy

Thanksgiving is a powerful holiday. Really. The electricity used to cook on Thanksgiving is enough to power an LED bulb for 1,400 hours; light eight hours a day for half a year. Thanksgiving cooking power breaks down like this based on 60%…

Energy Has “The New Map”

“The notion of a fast track to a wholesale energy transition runs up against major obstacles – the shear scale of the energy system that supports the world economy, the need for reliability, the demand for mineral resources for renewables,…

Weekend Energy Consumer: Natural Gas Ban Edition

The headline: San Francisco votes to ban natural gas in newer buildings. That means heating and cooking with natural gas. That means apartments and homes, not just businesses. Dozens of cities have enacted similar bans, many in California.…

What is Green Hydrogen?

A colorless gas that is called green. Hydrogen. What’s so tough to understand? Pretty cool idea, really: Hydrogen is a gas that can be used to power vehicles or make electricity with no harmful emissions. Hydrogen can be made through electrolysis,…

What NextEra’s Acquisition of Gulf Power Means for South Carolina

“You can’t appreciate what you haven’t seen.” I used to say that with my corporate employees as we discussed new ideas and our customers. Santee Cooper customers are in this situation. Santee Cooper says, “trust us…we got this.” …

Hy-time for Hydrogen

“After years of unmet promises, hydrogen vehicles could finally be catching on. If so, it'll be a convoy of clean semi-trucks — not a bunch of quirky passenger cars — leading the way.” (Source) Who’d have thought? To be fair, trucks…

Santee Cooper's Finances in Focus

The Post and Courier ran a spot-on letter to the editor Thursday, November 5. It succinctly described the real financial picture of Santee Cooper: Underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars through 2029. Losing $24 million just this year.…

Bullish on Hydrogen

“I’m bullish on hydrogen,” says CNBC market analyst Jim Cramer about a fuel touted to clean-up the environment. “Over the next 10 to 20 years, I expect hydrogen to take major market share in transportation, power storage for renewables…

Something to Think About – What Kind of Web Are We Weaving?

The Power Grid Is Getting Bigger, But Plants Are Shrinking. That is a Bloomberg News headline. (Below) Seems contrary, doesn’t it? But it is true and has a lesson about our energy future. Key paragraph in the story: “All these power generation…