SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.

It’s $946,000 a month now. $2,359,000 a month later on. Each month. Every month. 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 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[…]

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[…]

Energy 2018: Consumer Control Gains Strength

Consumers have more influence in the electric industry every day. They choose what to buy and use. Energy innovators will pay attention. Early in 2018 ECC noted that the electric industry is changing and consumer knowledge will support the evolution of the electric industry in the Carolinas. As we end 2018 we are reflecting on Read more about Energy 2018: Consumer Control Gains Strength[…]

SCANA / Dominion Merger Approved. What’s Next? Debt

The South Carolina Public Service Commission approved the merger between SCANA and Dominion Energy December 14. That move, “All but guarantees that Dominion Energy will take over SCANA and electric and gas businesses in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia,” said financial publication Market Screener after the decision. Nuclear debt is not decided in the PSC decision, though. It is one step Read more about SCANA / Dominion Merger Approved. What’s Next? Debt[…]

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?[…]

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 – A Blueprint for States and Consumers

As ECC was researching its look at 2019 in energy we found two recent reports that provide good high-level strategies for electric energy. While the reports are not specifically focused on the Carolinas or the Southeast, the topics in the reports absolutely apply to the Carolinas. Taken together the material in these reports can help guide Read more about Carolina Energy 2019 – A Blueprint for States and Consumers[…]

When if Comes to Santee Cooper, Legislators Should Keep their Eyes on the Ball

As an entrepreneur and mother, “follow through” and “focus” are two of life’s most important lessons which I acquired from playing tournament, high school, and college tennis. As I prepare for this season’s final tennis match tonight, I remind myself how important it is to keep my eye on the ball. And then I wonder Read more about When if Comes to Santee Cooper, Legislators Should Keep their Eyes on the Ball[…]

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[…]