Carolina Energy 2019: Behind the Scene Costs

A lot happens behind the scenes to get your electricity to you. All with costs. Here are some of those costs. This is part of our series … 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 Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: Behind the Scene Costs[…]

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: Measure It – Manage It

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. Our first column about 2019 in energy was about the way that buildings and vehicles may converge to share electricity needs. This kind of energy convergence pivots on advanced technology, and what Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: Measure It – Manage It[…]

Debt: There Are “No Shortcuts”

“Black Friday,” November 23, is coming up fast and shoppers will hit the stores with credit cards in hand. It is a day when a lot of household debt is created. So we will use that date to look at debt because the terminated nuclear project leaves South Carolina – and some of its electric Read more about Debt: There Are “No Shortcuts”[…]

SC Legislature Starts Critical Process About Santee Cooper

The South Carolina legislature on Tuesday tackled a thorny issue:  How to handle the sale of Santee Cooper. Consumers concerned about the mammoth debt from the terminated V.C. Summer nuclear plant should keep their eyes on the key criteria of a possible sale, as reported in the Post and Courier: “But first a company must Read more about SC Legislature Starts Critical Process About Santee Cooper[…]

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[…]

It’s Back – Pumpkin Spice Electricity!

Kidding, just something for this time of year. Halloween, you know. Tricks. Treats. Electricity provides a lot of treats – charging your phone, streaming your favorite programs, maybe even powering voice commands for grocery orders. Electricity can play tricks, too. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas wants our readers to avoid being caught by surprise, so Read more about It’s Back – Pumpkin Spice Electricity![…]

An Energizing Benchmark for Electric Vehicles

The U.S. will have its one-millionth electric vehicle (EV) purchased in this month.  The news of more EVs needs to be looked at in context of all vehicles out there, consumer choice and infrastructure. There were 272 million vehicles in operation in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018 (source). So the news of Read more about An Energizing Benchmark for Electric Vehicles[…]

What is Energy Poverty?

Energy poverty is a phrase that is fairly new, getting traction let’s say in the last five years or so. It is being more finely defined as it gets debated. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas will take several looks at the topic in the next few months. This column, though, the basics, just to give Read more about What is Energy Poverty?[…]