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Energy 2018: What is Clean Energy?

Technology enables increasingly finer measurement of pollution and efficiency for people who make or use electricity. Sophistication of metrics change the way we can define what clean. As we end 2018 we are reflecting on a few of the points we suggested to watch in the electric industry over the year: Changing government role in Read more about Energy 2018: What is Clean Energy?[…]

SCANA / Dominion Merger Approved. What’s Next? Debt

The South Carolina Public Service Commission approved the merger between SCANA and Dominion Energy December 14. That move, “All but guarantees that Dominion Energy will take over SCANA and electric and gas businesses in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia,” said financial publication Market Screener after the decision. Nuclear debt is not decided in the PSC decision, though. It is one step Read more about SCANA / Dominion Merger Approved. What’s Next? Debt[…]

Carolina Energy 2019: Help Wanted

What should Carolinians expect, ask for, or watch for in their energy world in 2019? Energy Consumers of the Carolinas asked a handful of energy professionals. This column is about the people in the electric energy workforce, and it is not about something that is changing a lot, but something we hope will change for the better: Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: Help Wanted[…]

When Do Power Outages Happen?

When do outages happen? Answer: All the time, but for various reasons. Over the past several months, Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages when violent weather happens. Usually lightning, high winds, and ice are the causes. What about outages other Read more about When Do Power Outages Happen?[…]

Carolina Energy 2019 – A Blueprint for States and Consumers

As ECC was researching its look at 2019 in energy we found two recent reports that provide good high-level strategies for electric energy. While the reports are not specifically focused on the Carolinas or the Southeast, the topics in the reports absolutely apply to the Carolinas. Taken together the material in these reports can help guide Read more about Carolina Energy 2019 – A Blueprint for States and Consumers[…]

Wind Power is Coming Of Age in the Carolinas

The Carolinas electric generation profile is changing. Coal is decreasing its share of electric generation. Renewables are gaining, and one renewable is getting more press. Wind energy gains attention as its costs go down. Financial news website, Bloomberg, even calls it, “A coming-of-age moment,” for the U.S. wind power industry. That is because some energy Read more about Wind Power is Coming Of Age in the Carolinas[…]

These Veterans Give Us Energy – In Conclusion

In the past several blogs Energy Consumers of the Carolinas has introduced you to a few of the veterans who also work in the energy industry in the Carolinas. Veterans make up an important part of our energy industry, bringing a discipline, steadfastness, and skill sets that help keep the power on for us. ECC Read more about These Veterans Give Us Energy – In Conclusion[…]

Blog 4 – These Veterans Give Us Energy

ECC has published several blogs about veterans now in the energy industry in the Carolinas. In this blog we take a deeper dive into the military history and work of one person who helps keep the power on for us. Honor, courage, and commitment. These are the core values of the U.S. Navy, and they Read more about Blog 4 – These Veterans Give Us Energy[…]

Nuclear Power: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”

A nuclear power headline this week deserves attention, and it is not about South Carolina’s nuclear debates. The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report that was extremely favorable about nuclear energy: “New public policies are needed to properly value low-carbon energy and prevent the replacement of nuclear plants with large quantities of natural gas.” Read more about Nuclear Power: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”[…]

Blog 3 – These Veterans Give Us Energy

This is the third installment of ECC‘s salute to veterans who serve the Carolinas in the energy workforce. Veterans are highly desired in energy. “Many of the electric companies and contractors are involved in military recruiting. Some even hire a military recruiters,” said Rosa Schmidt, the Troops to Energy Jobs contact for the Center for Energy Workforce Development. Read more about Blog 3 – These Veterans Give Us Energy[…]