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Santee Cooper's Leadership is a Concern

South Carolina’s Speaker of the House wrote in April that he'd like to fire Santee Cooper's Board of Directors and change Santee Cooper’s leadership ... if he could. The reason why was clear enough: “It has become my experience…

Energy Consumer Weekend - August 7

Implosion videos of old power plants are all over the internet. The backstory is that old and less efficient plants are making way for new, clean electric generation. Largely this is wind, solar, and hydro power in wind farms, solar fields,…

Santee Cooper, You Are On the Air

Interesting discussion about Santee Cooper’s recent legal settlement payout to ratepayers on WVOC talk-radio, Columbia, a couple weeks ago. The discussion shows how much is left unexplained by the utility. Murky. The on-air discussion notes…

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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Energy Consumer Weekend - July 31

American homes account for 20% of of heat trapping gas emissions in the nation. (Source) Of course, different houses have different energy footprints. There’s a paradox about this, too. An energy expert in South Carolina once told me that…

Keeping People Well Informed Ought to be a Habit for All Utilities

Should utility customers know what is happening with the company where they buy power? Should owners and investors in a utility have a clear and comprehensive explanation of the company’s finances and strategy? Seems reasonable. So here…
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Santee Cooper and VC Summer – Anniversary of a Summer Blockbuster Disaster

July 28, 2017 marked the debut of the Charlize Theron action flick, Atomic Blonde, what one critic called the best action movie of the summer.  A blockbuster movie. Three days later, in South Carolina, Santee Cooper and SCANA officials announced…

Quick Take – Update on COVID and Utility Scams

Scammers are using the pandemic to try to get consumers' information and money. Using the names of utilities are one way they are doing it. Scams will often involve a threat to disconnect electric or gas service, a promise of a rebate in bills,…

Energy Consumer Weekend - July 17

Pandemic power is not about the tenacity of COVID but how utilities and consumers will interact because of the virus. Changes could be a while. A 1918 pandemic survivor was asked when people felt comfy going to the store and movies again. He…

Quick Take – Some Companies Talk; Other Companies Get Things Done

Three years of discussion about what to do with Santee Cooper has produced three years of debates about what to do with Santee Cooper. While the debates continue, as does Santee Cooper debt, and stories of an in-the-ditch company culture, something…