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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.[…]

Three Kinds of Electric Utilities Serve the Carolinas

There are different kinds of electric utilities in the Carolinas. People may not even think about them because if electric service is running properly, well, why think about it? With the headlines in our states over the past several years about ownership of electric companies and services and rates, this may be a good time Read more about Three Kinds of Electric Utilities Serve the Carolinas[…]

Electric Grid Improvement Is All Around Us

Some changes in our electric grid are hard to see. They are electric generating facilities being built or taken down, far from our daily view. Other changes in the grid are easy to see if we just look around. Here’s an example from a quick trip of mine in North Carolina just this week. This Read more about Electric Grid Improvement Is All Around Us[…]

Debt, Sale of Santee Cooper Are Energy Priorities

The list of electric energy decisions in South Carolina is reduced by one. On January 2, 2019, the merger between SCANA and Dominion is done. Southeast Energy Group is the new name for the company that was South Carolina Electric and Gas. Next, the possible sale of Santee Cooper and how the wallets of customers Read more about Debt, Sale of Santee Cooper Are Energy Priorities[…]

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: 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[…]