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Weekend Energy Consumer - Halloween Edition

It’s Halloween and a time for scary things. Some of them are about energy. The way we use energy, some of its effects, and its impact on our lives can be frightening. Here are some scary energy issues, and then some ways to make them less…

Something To Think About - High School Solar

Combine solar energy and a high school, and in at least one city, there is a productive partnership. It is a positive story worth sharing. Here’s the story: “In 2017, Dr. Michael Hester became the superintendent of the Batesville School…

Who Sets Carolina Electric Rates?

Electric rates in North and South Carolina are set in two ways. Investor Owned Utilities In one case there is a regulatory system that reviews rates of companies that are investor-owned. There is a corporate and state-level give-and-take…

Why Do Utilities Invest in Economic Development?

Why would a company like NextEra want to buy Santee Cooper … debt and all?  It sees opportunity in South Carolina and believe they can help grow South Carolina.  As South Carolina grows, the need for electricity grows, and NextEra earns…

Quick Take – E-Trash Trucks Are on Carolina Roads

Two North Carolina cities made national news recently as they started using trash trucks run by electricity, not petroleum. The Wall Street Journal ran a story October 7, Electric Trash Trucks Are Coming Quietly to Your Town. Quietly is a…

Quick Take - What is a Bridge Fuel?

Getting from one place to another is what a bridge does. Getting from one kind of fuel to make electricity to another fuel uses a bridge fuel. That fuel is natural gas. Lots of debate about natural gas as a bridge fuel, too. Natural gas has…

Is Santee Cooper an Asset?

An asset should have a positive benefit to the owner. Not always the case, obviously. The unhappy example is Santee Cooper – it bet the future of the company and the finances of its stakeholders and failed. Deeply failed. Santee Cooper failed…

Quick Take – NIMBY or YIMBY?

NIMBY is a term that means, “Not In My Backyard.” It has become a catchphrase for efforts to prevent various plants or facilities from being built near cities or neighborhoods. NIMBY efforts have made the news for years. Here’s something…

Are Natural Gas Prices Going Up?

Home and business owners who use natural gas have had a bargain over the past several years. Prices for that fuel have been low. Utilities do “fuel adjustments” for their customers based on the cost of fuel, so customers have had the benefit. Think…

Put the SC PSC to Work on Santee Cooper

South Carolina just swore-in four new members for its Public Service Commission, the group that oversees the utility industry in the state. With this change there are no commissioners left who were part of the VC Summer project problem. For…