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Quick Take – Watch Out for Utility Scams

“Put the freeze on fraud,” was a Santee Cooper Tweet recently. Same message from Duke Energy. In fact, utilities across the Carolinas and nation this week are educating consumers to watch out for people claiming to be from a utility when…

Customers Are Served Efficiently by Investor-owned Utilities

Investor-owned versus publicly-owned utilities – shareholders and customers versus just customers – is there an advantage either way for consumers? Some basics first. Efficient, flexible, fast – hallmarks of successful utilities…

Quick Take – A Homeowner Battery Pilot Test

Some homeowners in Michigan are pilot-testing battery power storage. Recently we wrote about the digital transformation of the electric industry and said that customers may have the chance to test new ideas. This is one of them. Consumers…

Quick Take - What is VGI?

VGI is an acronym you will hear more as an electric customer. It is coming and you are part of it. VGI is short for Vehicle Grid Integration. It is seen as an opportunity to add flexibility and a new power resource in the electric grid. The…

Will the Southeast Create a New Electric Organization?

A possible new power organization, a Carolina RTO – Regional Transmission Organization – was one topic at the South Carolina Clean Energy Conference. Some people feel that an RTO is the answer for various energy issues, largely keyed…

Lots of Energy at the South Carolina Clean Energy Conference

South Carolina has no lack of energy topics, good actions, and opinions. That’s what I took from the robust discussions at the South Carolina Clean Energy Conference in Columbia last week. During the conference I felt a pervasive sense…

A Digital Transformation Is Critical for Energy Success

Electricity is going from a mass produced to personal service. Making and delivering electricity is already mighty sophisticated as a business, and electric companies must still technologically up their game. “Two-thirds of businesses…

Quick Take - Veterans Give Us Energy

Energy Consumers of the Carolinas extends a huge thank you to our veterans. Not only have they put themselves out there to defend our nation, but many of them also use their skills in the electric energy industry after their service to the country.…

Learning from Others About Energy

Energy in the Carolinas is the focus of our work, and for well more than a year now. We learned something in the process of looking at the interface between energy customers and the Carolinas: It is about more than the Carolinas. What? Here…

What is a Public Staff?

Many citizens know about the organizations that regulate investor-owned utilities in the Carolinas – in SC the Public Service Commission, and in NC, the Utilities Commission. Fewer people may know about a separate group in each state…