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A North Carolina Electric Cost Decrease

Price declines seem to be unusual things, but for the second time in a month ECC gets to report on a utility rate decrease in the Southeast. This time it is Duke Energy. In a news release the company said, "Duke Energy Progress customers…

What Did We Learn This Year? Accountability Matters

A billion here, a billion there. Pretty soon it adds up to real money. ECC noted that quote about the debt burden from the termination of the VC Summer nuclear project. It’s been “real money” since at least 2017 when the nuclear project…

Closing Out the Energy Decade

Expect change in your electric service to accelerate as we go through the 2020’s. That is based on the changes we saw in the 2010’s. Let’s look back at a few electric trends from the decade we are leaving and how those have affected…

Quick Take – Utilities Are in a Modernization Race

Many paths must be followed for an updated grid and electric service. A grid in service now must be modernized while operating. That is a challenge and takes a utility that has superior planning skills, the ability to listen, manage its resources…

Quick Take - Clean Energy to 2053, in Florida

Carbon-free energy had a “first” last week. A nuclear plant in Florida received the approval for a 20 year license extension. It is the first extension like this granted. (Source) The Turkey Point Plant is near the southern tip of Florida…

Quick Take - What is a Virtual Power Plant?

“The cheapest power plant is one that does not have to be built.” That was the line of a former Carolina utility executive. It is no off-the-wall comment but a workable concept, with one big challenge. A virtual power plant (VPP) does…

Carolina Leadership Profile: Gas Turbine Association

The Gas Turbine Association (GTA), the national voice for that industry, has a new leader – from the Carolinas! Salvatore DellaVilla Jr. is the founder and CEO of SPS®, a Charlotte-based company that helps energy producers understand and…

Just the Facts - Lakes Are Protected

Lakes licensed to utilities are protected for citizens. Know the facts. A letter to the editor of the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, Lakes Asset is at Risk, prompts ECC to remind consumers about lakes as licensed utility assets. The…

Shedding Light on Solar Panel Scams

Solar energy is growing and will keep growing. With success, though, also comes the need for homeowners to be careful. Among the upstanding solar developers there lurk a few people who may try to take advantage of power customers. “In…

Quick Take – Light Up the Holidays For Less

Get the Earth a gift this year – switch to LED holiday lights and save electricity. LEDs can reduce power use by 80-90% over incandescent lights. Lots has changed since the first electric holiday lights were switched on in mid-town Manhattan…