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So-called Reform Bill Passes for Santee Cooper

A “so-called Santee Cooper ‘reform’ bill” is how the press frames it. (Post and Courier) The bill passed the South Carolina House and Senate unanimously. The Governor has not said if he will acquiesce and sign it, saying, “I see no…

A Visual Memory Lane of the Santee Cooper Debate

I was asked about some of the illustrations used by our  Energy Consumers website when it came to the Santee Cooper issues. So I looked back at the artwork and decided to give people a look at some of the visual viewpoints ECC has presented. The…

Tidy-up the Smaller State of Bigger Government

Considering the South Carolina Senate’s vote to attempt reform of Santee Cooper, it was interesting to see a human nature news story this past week. The article cites a study and book that says when people face a dilemma, they typically heap…
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Special Delivery to the South Carolina General Assembly

Santee Cooper CEO Mark Bonsall sent a letter to the General Assembly in late January announcing Santee Cooper will be in debt until 2055. Although likely not his intent the letter clearly highlights the choice confronting legislators: Pay off…

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…

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…

A Santee Cooper House-cleaning?

“Santee Cooper desperately needs a house cleaning. The entire board. The entire management team. All of them. Then use a MiB Neuralyzer on anyone who’s left,” Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, a Republican from Edgefield, tweeted Thursday. The…

Santee Cooper, Gimme 5

Have you seen this on social media – In 2015 everyone got this question wrong: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”  Got that wrong especially in the Santee Cooper service territory. While no one is great at predicting the future,…

U of SC Gets Research Recognition

Nice work, University of South Carolina! The university was recognized “among the top 100 universities in the world based on the number of U.S. utility patents that faculty members received in 2019.” (Source) In this case the word “utility”…
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With Santee Cooper, Who Has Skin in the Game?

The SC Senate has thought about retaining state ownership of Santee Cooper but changing where it reports in the state. Changing an organizational structure does not change accountability. Office of Regulatory Staff oversight only adds another…