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“More Power!” Say Americans

Our nation generated more electricity in 2018 than ever before. Up 4 percent. What may seem odd is that the last record was in 2007, more than ten years ago. That was before the recession, and the weather in 2018 required more power to meet hotter and colder weather than some previous years. Then there Read more about “More Power!” Say Americans[…]

In Economic Development the Bottom Line Is THE Bottom Line

Utilities are old hands at economic development. Have been for years for good reason. It is enlightened self-interest: A better business environment brings a more stable economy, good workforce and more predictable sales for the business of a utility. Lots of people win, including the public when it is done well. The Southeast has been Read more about In Economic Development the Bottom Line Is THE Bottom Line[…]

Electric Dereg – May Not Be What Was Intended

Carolina energy consumers may have to fit a whole new set of words in their heads. Energy deregulation, or energy choice. Maybe consumer choice. Over the past several weeks in the Carolinas some legislators, activists, trade groups and other organizations are proposing that the retail electric industry — the kind that serves residences, small businesses, Read more about Electric Dereg – May Not Be What Was Intended[…]

People Are Talking – About Your House

There are more than 10,000 people talking about your house this week. Really. Your house is a hot topic at DistribuTech, an annual electric power transmission and distribution conference in New Orleans this year. Lots of people are there. ECC thought you might want to know what they are saying. They want to know if Read more about People Are Talking – About Your House[…]

Speaking Out For Our Energy Future

For a year Energy Consumers of the Carolinas [ECC] has provided consumer information. Now readers can see a definite viewpoint in some of our work. Our site now features some calls to action about important energy issues. It’s time. Why? ECC believes that the Carolinas have done so well in so many energy projects. These Read more about Speaking Out For Our Energy Future[…]

Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer

“Why can’t we just bury the wires?” When it comes to our electric system it is a simple question with no simple answer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas looks at some of the issues about undergrounding electric lines. This is a question that comes up following big storms – ice, hurricane, thunderstorms. First some background, explained Read more about Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer[…]

Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity

And the winners are – natural gas and renewable energy. That is the message from the US Energy Information Agency* in its new Annual Energy Outlook 2019. The report was released January 24. Natural gas and renewables are the two fastest growing fuels to make electricity in the US. Those are popular fuels in the Read more about Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity[…]

A Giant Pothole of Debt

About a million dollars a day is being added to Santee Cooper’s debt for the unfinished nuclear facility in South Carolina as well as its utility operations. Money owed by the customers of Santee Cooper. That money goes to pay the costs already incurred for construction, materials and financing. The debt is like big potholes Read more about A Giant Pothole of Debt[…]

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

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 $13.33 a month.” It adds up to real money, out of customers’ real pockets, Read more about SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.[…]

One Year Ago, BRRRR!

Think back about one year. Here was the headline: “Duke Energy wants you to conserve electricity during cold snap.” It was just more than a year ago that Duke set a single-day record for electric demand (January 5). We have not had anything like it yet this season, but it could be just around the Read more about One Year Ago, BRRRR![…]