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A Carolina Energy Leader Captures a National Spotlight

Citing “this blazing pace of change” in the electric industry, Curtis Wynn, brought a Carolina brand of leadership to a national audience. Wynn became president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) at its annual meeting March 13. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing more than 900 local Read more about A Carolina Energy Leader Captures a National Spotlight[…]

“More Power!” Say Americans

Our nation generated more electricity in 2018 than ever before. Up 4 percent. What may seem odd is that the last record was in 2007, more than ten years ago. That was before the recession, and the weather in 2018 required more power to meet hotter and colder weather than some previous years. Then there Read more about “More Power!” Say Americans[…]

Why Climate Data and Energy Planning Go Together

Why mention extreme weather in a blog site about energy? Weather affects our energy. How much energy is used, how reliable electricity is, how much it costs… Early in 2019 we had a cold snap in the Carolinas, then a warm streak that had trees pollinating. Back into 20-degree weather in many places this first Read more about Why Climate Data and Energy Planning Go Together[…]

North Carolina Is Part of a Smart Electricity Task Force

The electric grid of today grew from disparate and unconnected power systems over decades. New technology demands that a heightened long-term approach be taken to make sure we have secure, connected, efficient and affordable electricity. The Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning is a national group that will tackle regulatory, business and technological issues in a Read more about North Carolina Is Part of a Smart Electricity Task Force[…]

Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?

Paying for essential energy needs should not be a family’s budget buster. Lots of family needs compete for the same dollars – education, replacing a car, work clothes, groceries, trying to save for retirement. Budgets are top of mind. The General Assembly of South Carolina makes decisions soon about the sale of Santee Cooper. That Read more about Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?[…]

People Are Talking – About Your House

There are more than 10,000 people talking about your house this week. Really. Your house is a hot topic at DistribuTech, an annual electric power transmission and distribution conference in New Orleans this year. Lots of people are there. ECC thought you might want to know what they are saying. They want to know if Read more about People Are Talking – About Your House[…]

Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer

“Why can’t we just bury the wires?” When it comes to our electric system it is a simple question with no simple answer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas looks at some of the issues about undergrounding electric lines. This is a question that comes up following big storms – ice, hurricane, thunderstorms. First some background, explained Read more about Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer[…]

Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity

And the winners are – natural gas and renewable energy. That is the message from the US Energy Information Agency* in its new Annual Energy Outlook 2019. The report was released January 24. Natural gas and renewables are the two fastest growing fuels to make electricity in the US. Those are popular fuels in the Read more about Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity[…]

A Giant Pothole of Debt

About a million dollars a day is being added to Santee Cooper’s debt for the unfinished nuclear facility in South Carolina as well as its utility operations. Money owed by the customers of Santee Cooper. That money goes to pay the costs already incurred for construction, materials and financing. The debt is like big potholes Read more about A Giant Pothole of Debt[…]

SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.

A story in The State says, “The 177,000 customers that Santee Cooper directly serves now are paying about $5.35 a month, on average, for the failed [V.C. Summer] nuclear project. Barring a sale or another major change, that eventually will rise to $13.33 a month.” It adds up to real money, out of customers’ real pockets, Read more about SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.[…]