Nuclear Energy and the Future

Nuclear power should be part of our carbon-free energy future. Construction problems and delays should not define nuclear energy’s science or its potential to meet important climate challenges. Existing nuclear plants are a low-cost source of carbon energy. There are new nuclear technologies that are being developed. The technology ought to have a thoughtful resurgence Read more about Nuclear Energy and the Future[…]

Electricity + April 1st = April Fuels

People who work in the electric industry get some unusual questions. Befitting April 1, we gathered some questions from utility communicators from across the country. If nothing else, maybe we will bust some urban legends. A number of questions are about new technology. Given the far-reaching functions of electric technology, maybe the confusion is easy Read more about Electricity + April 1st = April Fuels[…]

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[…]

These Veterans Give Us Energy – In Conclusion

In the past several blogs Energy Consumers of the Carolinas has introduced you to a few of the veterans who also work in the energy industry in the Carolinas. Veterans make up an important part of our energy industry, bringing a discipline, steadfastness, and skill sets that help keep the power on for us. ECC Read more about These Veterans Give Us Energy – In Conclusion[…]

Blog 5 – These Veterans Give Us Energy

De Rienzo – then From Aiken, South Carolina, here’s the story of a veteran from the Air Force who transferred her skills to our energy workforce. Francesca De Rienzo wanted to earn money for college and travel the world after high school.  With art classes and set-building experience, she pursued her ideal job: aircraft structural Read more about Blog 5 – These Veterans Give Us Energy[…]

Nuclear Power: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”

A nuclear power headline this week deserves attention, and it is not about South Carolina’s nuclear debates. The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report that was extremely favorable about nuclear energy: “New public policies are needed to properly value low-carbon energy and prevent the replacement of nuclear plants with large quantities of natural gas.” Read more about Nuclear Power: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”[…]

SC Public Service Commission Starts SCE&G Hearings

When South Carolina Public Service Commissioner Comer Randall called to order the PSC today, November 1, he started a process expected to play out over much of this month. The topic is about the financing of the canceled VC Summer nuclear project near Columbia. Almost a month of hearings seems like a lot, though the Read more about SC Public Service Commission Starts SCE&G Hearings[…]

South Carolina PSC – SCE&G Public Hearings: It’s About the Approach

Public hearings about SCE&G rates related to the VC Summer will be held over the next few weeks. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas believes that real value can result from these hearings. Or, they can exacerbate problems. Depends on the input and manner of input. First, the facts. According to the SC Public Service Commission Read more about South Carolina PSC – SCE&G Public Hearings: It’s About the Approach[…]

Marriage Blessings for SCANA and Dominion Energy?

Yesterday’s story, Scana Dominion Energy Merger Clears Another Hurdle, is about the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approving the indirect transfer of the operating license for V.C. Summer Unit 1 and of the combined licenses for V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 from SCANA’s subsidiary, South Carolina Electric & Gas, to Dominion Energy. I saw terminology like Read more about Marriage Blessings for SCANA and Dominion Energy?[…]

SC’s Electric Future: A Season of Discussion Begins

Citizens have a chance for a lot of listening and questions over the next few months. Good. Dialogue is positive. It lends transparency to reconciling the energy management / debt / future issues in South Carolina. Let’s aim for constructive and respectful dialogue in what could be an emotional and political atmosphere. Why? It benefits Read more about SC’s Electric Future: A Season of Discussion Begins[…]