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RTOs Are a Balancing Act - Part Two

Our previous blog post introduced Regional Transmission Organizations [RTOs] in the electric power industry. Think of RTOs as traffic cops of the grid. On the road police don’t say what color vehicles or kinds of cars can use the road,…

RTOs Are a Balancing Act - Part One

Power companies do not just make power and put it on the grid. The grid must be balanced between supply and demand all the time if it is to operate. Coordination makes the electric industry hum. The technology demands that. (Power customers…

Utility Pole Archeology

The electric power business is all about dependability. Utilities strive for it. Reliability is a reputation-builder. Utility poles can have real staying-power. Some of these poles have been around for a while. They are part of the archeology…

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…

Florida Lives Up to Sunshine State Reputation

Florida lives up to its Sunshine State moniker, especially one county, thanks to Florida Power and Light, a NextEra Energy company. DeSoto County has its fifth solar energy field in the Rodeo Solar Energy Center. The Center has about 300,000…

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…

Memorial Day 2021

The long weekend ahead is to mark Memorial Day. Look online, though, and there are websites that say, "Happy Memorial Day - save 20% on all mattresses ... 35% off patio furniture..." Or, "50% off shoes, loungewear and apparel" ... and, "Take…

With Three Years Behind Me - A Look Back

After more than three years and 600 blogs, I re-visited some of the topics and energy news that have been hot at Energy Consumers of the Carolinas. ECC started as a place to reflect on the energy environment in the Carolinas, an environment…

Methane Will Get More Attention as a Climate Changer

“The atmospheric concentration of methane has more than doubled since pre-industrial times. Methane is second only to carbon dioxide (CO2) in driving climate change. More than half of global methane emissions stem from human activities in…

Rural Energy Burden Needs Attention

Electrons on the grid are alike but not the price people pay for them. “Rural households paid an average of $1,679 for electricity over the twelve months ending June 2020. This amounts to 3.3 percent of all their expenditures, again on average.…