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Carolina Energy 2019: More Collaboration?

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. The year can be a pivot point in energy. This column is about collaboration, and how 2019 could be a year when available technology matches up with policy. If that happens, Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: More Collaboration?[…]

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?[…]

Santee Cooper Debt – Clean the Slate

“A clean slate.” The term is often used at the start of a new year. It means to start fresh, to be rid of debt. Or, to get people on an even footing. That may not be the exact phrase used about Santee Cooper’s nuclear debt and how it can impact customers, though it is Read more about Santee Cooper Debt – Clean the Slate[…]

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[…]

Carolina Energy 2019: A Convergence Ahead

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. Their answers share a theme – Data. What does mean for consumers: More ways to manage energy use and more lessons to learn about energy. Over the next few weeks we’ll Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: A Convergence Ahead[…]

Carolina Energy 2019: In South Carolina – Time to Implement Decisions

Focus and timely decisions from regulators and policymakers are essential to successfully move into 2019.  Over the next few weeks, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas will look ahead at 2019 in the energy business. We will cover a wide range of topics – technology, business trends, energy supply, workforce… We start with the most obvious issues Read more about Carolina Energy 2019: In South Carolina – Time to Implement Decisions[…]

Wind Power is Coming Of Age in the Carolinas

The Carolinas electric generation profile is changing. Coal is decreasing its share of electric generation. Renewables are gaining, and one renewable is getting more press. Wind energy gains attention as its costs go down. Financial news website, Bloomberg, even calls it, “A coming-of-age moment,” for the U.S. wind power industry. That is because some energy Read more about Wind Power is Coming Of Age in the Carolinas[…]

Before You Cook For Thanksgiving…

As Thanksgiving approaches, here’s some energy information that may help you. Running the self-cleaning on an oven is pretty low-cost, until it isn’t. Here’s what we mean. If you are paying about 13-cents a kilowatt for electricity, which is about the cost in the Carolinas, it will run you something on the order of $1 Read more about Before You Cook For Thanksgiving…[…]

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[…]

Wintertime is a (Natural) Gas

With the first real cold snap in the Carolinas  behind us, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas is revisiting an energy source big during the heating season: Natural gas. We are doing this because a recent report said that natural gas in storage is 17 percent below the average of the last five years. Natural gas Read more about Wintertime is a (Natural) Gas[…]