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Quick Take – Utility Survival Depends on New Thinking

To Remain Relevant, Utilities Should Start Thinking Like Tech Companies. That is the title of a column that is a favorite of mine. It is a slightly older column (last summer), and worth re-visiting. The pandemic changes business rules. New…

Pandemic Economics Impact Power Companies, Customers

Economic impacts from the pandemic are hitting utilities, states, and cities. Important data for South Carolina hit the street last week. The South Carolina General Fund Revenue Monitor was issued June 11. Significant negatives for state income.…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 12

As a consumer you may hope to support companies that claim to be energy-efficient and environmentally conscious. Your dollars are your votes in the free enterprise system. How can you know what the company says has merit? Or, when a statement…

What is a Greenhouse Gas?

Think of a blanket. That may be the best common, everyday thing that can help explain what a greenhouse gas does. Just like when you put on a blanket, heat gets trapped. Over four blogs ECC will cover some basic issues about this topic. First,…

It’s Electric Co-op Meeting Season

Electric cooperatives are a special breed of energy company. They really exemplify so much of what we consider traditional values in our nation, what has built our nation. Electric co-ops serve about 20 million Americans. A centerpiece of…

Utility Teamwork is Essential to Serve Customers

Getting power to customers and keeping the power on may have been a hallmark of success for utilities in the past. Not anymore. It is bigger than that. There are more dimensions to be a utility now. Successful companies tap strategic vendors,…

The Next Shoe to Drop? Utility/Customer Finances Pressed By Virus

Hold on tight as the next shoe drops with the pandemic, recession, and utility bills. Smaller utility operations in particular could have a tough time. Here’s a blunt assessment: “One looming problem involves the more than 80 N.C. cities…

Energy Consumer Weekend - June 5

You know that catch phrase from the cell phone commercial. It applies to a story that we saw recently. We like to pass along jobs well done in the energy industry and we think this one ought to lead our weekend edition. The Richland Electric…

Quick Take - Safety First - Call Before You Dig

Homeowners are out in force in their yards. Time for a quick safety reminder. Call 811 before you or anyone you hire starts to dig in your yard. “One of the most potentially hazardous situations in residential areas, industrial plants and…

“Wires” Need Center Stage in the Electric Industry

Making electricity gets a lot of press. Generation is the sexy side of the industry – solar, wind, hydro. Even energy conservation is viewed as appealing. The transmission and distribution side of the industry isn’t so lucky. T&D…