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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: 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[…]

Coops: Lines of Communication, Not Just Power Lines

There have been headlines about the leadership of electric cooperative boards in the Carolinas, including speculation about who may lead the largest cooperative in South Carolina. Hot topic. So when Energy Consumers of the Carolinas saw a column about board leadership written by the National Rural Electric Cooperatives (NRECA), we thought it is worth pointing Read more about Coops: Lines of Communication, Not Just Power Lines[…]

A Balancing Act – Low Electric Rates Can Still Mean High Bills

Here’s an energy paradox: “Some states have low electricity prices but residents pay more to power their homes, and others have high prices and low consumer bills. But the occurrence of high prices paired with high bills is rare,” noted Bloomberg News reporters. Doesn’t seem logical, but it is true and worth a look. Several Read more about A Balancing Act – Low Electric Rates Can Still Mean High Bills[…]

The ECC Family – Finding an Energy Balance

Balance. It is essential for consumers to feel satisfied, have a sense of equilibrium, or believe that all is right with that part of the world they can manage. It is with that idea that we  introduce our Energy Consumers of the Carolinas (ECC) customer family, seeking stability as it explores its energy future. Our Read more about The ECC Family – Finding an Energy Balance[…]

Simplicity: Important for Electric Rates and Consumers

Electric companies make delivering power look easy because the juice is there almost all the times that consumers need it. Electric generation and distribution is a complex business, though, so kudos for the companies that do it. As the industry business model changes, a challenge lies in the simplicity of electric rates for consumers and Read more about Simplicity: Important for Electric Rates and Consumers[…]

Transparency is the New Objectivity

“Transparency is the new objectivity.” That comment from a national business reporter at a conference I recently attended. The takeaway: Transparency builds organizational trust. It improves understanding. Transparency in the present can forestall problems in the future. Consumers’ ability to do their own energy management is increasingly more transparent. Technology opens doors to energy usage, prices, Read more about Transparency is the New Objectivity[…]