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Good-bye Carbon-free Power. We’ll Miss You.

“Nuclear generating capacity will account for the largest share of total [power generating] capacity retirements” in 2021. That means a lot of carbon-free power generation goes offline in 2021, at a time when people want more carbon-free…

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…

Something to Think About - Scope 3 Emissions

Emissions that come from your car are emissions you create. Emissions that come from a company’s manufacturing belong to that company. Easy to understand. Those are called Scope1 Emissions. They are also called direct emissions.  Scope 2…

Carbon Emissions Drop to Multi-year Lows

2020 carbon emissions may be 11 percent lower than 2019 according to the Energy Information Agency (EIA). One-word reason: COVID. “EIA expects CO2 emissions in 2020 to fall by 19percent for coal, by 13 percent for petroleum, and by 2 percent…

Peering into the Future - Energy Trends in 2021

“There’s not going to be a whole lot of difference between the last day of 2020 and the first day of 2021.” That is a quote from the leader of the North Carolina Utility Commission Public Staff in a recent webinar. As writers strain…

A Look Back at 2020

In roughly 200 blogs since January 1, 2020, ECC assessed the energy picture in the Carolinas, and certainly well beyond the Carolinas. Energy is a big subject, bigger than two states. That is probably the biggest lesson of the year for everyone…

Santee Cooper “Best of 2020” Blogs

It’s a tradition at the end of the year to look back, “best of” lists are all over. Books, albums, podcasts, restaurants…  We are no different, so here are the blogs that had the most clicks for Energy Consumers of the Carolinas. Today,…

Energy Consumers are Interested in What’s Behind the Meter

Behind the meter, or in front of the meter. Where are you in your home? Lots of people wonder based on the ECC blogs with the most traffic. Our descriptions of in front of, and behind the meter have been long-term hits. So let’s review this…

Renewables Unstoppable During Pandemic

“Less power is being used during the pandemic. Less power means less use of coal to make power. Coal is stacking up, unused and un-needed is some places. Coal has not been the fuel-of-choice for some time. Electric generation from coal has…

Santee Cooper Versus FP&L Emissions*

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” is the old phrase. This is not a picture, below, but speaks volumes; it paints a dramatic image. This graph shows, using each company’s own data, the emissions levels of Santee Cooper versus Florida…