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QUICK TAKE - A Different Kind of Fuel Shortage?

Old enough to remember the gasoline shortage? Maybe a new angle on a fuel shortage is coming up. Lithium. It is the stuff of batteries in cars, cell phones … and the race is on between China, the country that controls two-thirds of the…

Is Nuclear Energy "The Missing Piece" of Climate Change?

Existing nuclear plants are the largest source of no-carbon energy and the foundation for no-carbon electric generation in the US. Reducing carbon in the atmosphere is part of addressing climate change. (ECC has an explanation about carbon…

QUICK TAKE - Batteries Displace a New Power Plant

Southern California Edison will use battery storage to hold and dispense power instead of building a new natural gas plant. That is something of a break-through in the power industry. Utilities have typically opted for new power plants to ensure…

Do Light Bulbs Really Make a Difference? Yes!

Light bulbs, small as they are, make for big energy savings. New light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs use some 80 percent less electricity than old incandescent bulbs. LEDs are more efficient to the point that they helped US electric usage flatten…

QUICK TAKE - Hurricane Forecasts for 2019

Weather forecasters call for an average hurricane season in 2019. It only takes being in the path of a hurricane to make it not average, though. ECC is an energy site, so why mention hurricanes and storms? Because storms have a big impact…

"Smart and Sturdy" Mark a Hurricane-Prepared Electric Grid

Smart and sturdy – two essential traits to harden an electric system against hurricanes. Utilities up and down the East Coast have been doing that for a long time now. Smart and sturdy can blunt the impact of a storm. Smart: A grid…

QUICK TAKE - Renewables Outpace Coal Power Generation

In April renewable energy exceeded the power made by coal plants. That is something new in the US and is part of a continuing change in the power industry. Two big reasons: Coal has a tough time competing with renewable energy sources anymore.…

Graduation Season - A Season of Opportunity

As students across the Carolinas graduate this year, there is an industry that has open arms for them: The electric industry. An additional 1.5 million power industry workers will be needed nationwide in years to come, on top of the roughly…
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The SC Senate Takes the Next Step on Santee Cooper

The South Carolina Senate voted 42-1 to move ahead and seek bids for the sale, management or reorganization of Santee Cooper. It is a positive step in the process. Discussion. Debate. Steps taken. Those are good. South Carolinians concerned…
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Santee Cooper – Whose Debt Is It, Anyway?

Question: When it comes to Santee Cooper, whose debt is it, anyway? Answer: The debt belongs to Santee Cooper, to the customers. The debt was incurred by the decision of Santee Cooper. Check this. From the South Carolina Code about…