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The State of the State; the State of Santee Cooper

Rogue, arrogance, incompetence, errant -- the Governor of South Carolina used these words in his State of the State message to describe Santee Cooper. Wow! Here’s a quote from the Governor of South Carolina in his January 13 State of the…

Santee Cooper - A Zombie Company?

Santee Cooper’s debt is huge, but Santee Cooper is not huge. ECC wrote about this more than a year ago, asking whether Santee Cooper is a zombie company. The pandemic and business slowdown raise the issue of zombies again in the news. So…

Santee Cooper “Best of 2020” Blogs

It’s a tradition at the end of the year to look back, “best of” lists are all over. Books, albums, podcasts, restaurants…  We are no different, so here are the blogs that had the most clicks for Energy Consumers of the Carolinas. Today,…

Santee Cooper Versus FP&L Emissions*

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” is the old phrase. This is not a picture, below, but speaks volumes; it paints a dramatic image. This graph shows, using each company’s own data, the emissions levels of Santee Cooper versus Florida…

Santee Cooper Customers, State Face Unnecessary Risks

Risk is served-up on a regular basis at South Carolina utility Santee Cooper. Management proved it again recently as it thumbed its corporate nose at policymakers. The concern: $100 million in new Santee Cooper debt. More precisely, Santee…

Santee Cooper Reliability – All the Facts – Part 2

Yesterday’s blog - Santee Cooper Reliability – All the Facts – Part 1 – looked at the various measures utilities universally use to report their reliability. These are important numbers and reporting all the facts about the statistics…

Santee Cooper Reliability – All the Facts – Part 1

ECC noted the record storm season of 2020, pointing out that planning to keep customers online, or getting them back online after a storm, is a growing challenge. Weather is changing, and so must utilities’ ability to have flexibility, exacting…

Just the Facts – All the Facts – on Santee Cooper

Santee Cooper’s Board of Directors cannot be removed by the South Carolina Governor or other policymakers. A Charleston Post and Courier’s November 30 editorial suggests that be changed to cure Santee Cooper’s ills. The P&C notes Santee…

Hang onto Santee Cooper Refund Checks. You’re Going to be Sending Them Back

A Tweet caught our eye. It says, “Santee Cooper settlement check really coming in clutch for the holidays.” It shows a check for 3-cents. Hard to miss the irony on this and other payouts. Let’s pick through the numbers. Most customers…

What NextEra’s Acquisition of Gulf Power Means for South Carolina

“You can’t appreciate what you haven’t seen.” I used to say that with my corporate employees as we discussed new ideas and our customers. Santee Cooper customers are in this situation. Santee Cooper says, “trust us…we got this.” …