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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…

Energy 2018: Government and Business - Each Has a Role

State government have a role in various industries such as electricity. Should a state government be in the business of energy? Let's look. Early in 2018 ECC noted that the electric industry is changing and consumer knowledge will support…
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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…

With the First Winter Blast to the Carolinas, Thank a Utility Lineworker

With the first big storm of the 2018-19 winter now having hit, Energy Consumers of the Carolinas decided to revisit a blog that got a lot of attention following the hurricanes that hit the Carolinas. It is about the line workers who put…
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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…
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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…
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From Tennis to Turbines

I have enjoyed the game of tennis for decades and across many states. I have always had access to a tennis court but never owned one. Whereas sharing cars and bikes is a newer twist to the sharing economy, one might argue that tennis clubs…

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…
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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…
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Santee Cooper Financial Rating is Lowered

The financial rating agency Fitch* lowered the rating of Santee Cooper’s bonds. Admittedly it is a change from A+ to A-, but a two-step downgrade nonetheless. The direction is not what is desired. Also, the rating went from a “negative…