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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…

Quick Take - What Is a Microgrid?

The electric grid has been called the greatest invention of the 20th Century. The big electric grid, that web of power generation, transmission and distribution. Micro-grids may be a big feature of the 21st Century. They are really just like…

Quick Take – Final Module Set on Georgia Nuclear Plant

Southern Company announced another milestone for it nuclear plant construction. “The final module for Georgia Power's Vogtle Unit 3, a massive water tank, has been placed atop the containment vessel and shield building roof at the company's…

At Santee Cooper the Past is Prologue

Tradition serves us well when it guides and enriches us. Tradition is a liability when it holds us captive to a past that can’t serve our current and future needs. Pretty much sums up Santee Cooper – a company with a rich South Carolina…

North Carolina Looks at Offshore Wind Energy

Wind energy can be produced onshore or offshore. North Carolina just put out a request for proposals to spur offshore development and bolster the supply chain for that energy source in the state. The Energy News Network reported on the effort. North…

Energy Consumer Weekend – May 22

Our feature image this week is not an homage to Mary Poppins. It does show that for all the big investments that are made in our electric grid, sometimes simple things can have a big impact. The photo is from the Vail (Colorado) Daily newspaper.…

The Buck Stops … Somewhere

“The Buck Stops Here,” was a sign on Harry Truman’s desk and spoke volumes about his sense of leadership. Our nation just marked the 75th anniversary of Truman taking the oath of office. Want a decision? Harry made decisions, took action.…