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Getting Power Where It Needs to Be

It is terrific to make electricity, even better to get it to customers. Big issue, especially in light of Texas’ problem. It’s really something that is not top-of-mind for people in general. I thought about that issue as I read a story…

Will Legislators Keep Spending OPM on Santee Cooper?

The South Carolina General Assembly is debating OPM – Other People’s Money. OPM is a broad term that means cash is not coming from the wallets of people making the decisions. Decision-makers are largely immune from having financial skin…

Canals May be Good Solar Locations

“Covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals could save billions of gallons of water and generate renewable power for the state every year,” says a study from the University of California/Merced. The study covers a lot of ground,…

Wind Turbines Don’t Always Spin

Drive by a multi-tower wind farm and some of the blades may not be turning. Why? I wondered, and reached out to Katharine Kollins, President, Southeastern Wind Coalition. “Like any large machines, wind turbines require regular maintenance.…

North Carolina Partnership Advances Solar Power

Think about solar energy and you think of – Wells Fargo – right? Yeah, trick question. In North Carolina that is the case. A collaboration between Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, NextEra Energy, and in Catawba County advances solar power…

Prepare Now for Earth Day, April 22

Rather than wait to write about Earth Day I am getting a blog out now. There is so much to do in the Carolinas. Here are a few activities, and more are easily found online. Asheville, NC, has been vocal about environmental issues. The city…

Texans Reflect on the Weather and Energy Emergency

The economic toll of the February cold weather in Texas recently is pegged at $295 billion. Worse, preliminary deaths are 111. That figure could change. With the disaster in the rearview mirror the assessments of how people see the event is…
The Santee Cooper Contagion Effect
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The Santee Cooper Contagion

An infection may be festering in South Carolina. Senator Wes Climer labeled it as a contagion. He busted a fallacy – that the state isn’t on the hook for Santee Cooper’s debt. It was part of the discussion in a March 30 Senate Judiciary…

Solar Energy and the Importance of Oversight

Here’s a question about solar energy. “Think about the last time you bought a vacuum cleaner. Did a well-dressed man show up to your door mid-day and drag a heavy bag of equipment to display in your living room?” (Source) That is how…

How Utilities Compare on Shift to Solar

Our energy future is pressing on us. Right now. Nationwide, some $338 billion in energy generation, transmission, and distribution upgrades are needed by 2039. Meeting this investment need would reduce brownouts and outages, save businesses…