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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 at the end of this blog.) ECC knows that discussing nuclear energy, especially in South Carolina now, may Read more about Is Nuclear Energy “The Missing Piece” of Climate Change?[…]

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 on electric systems, and electric service is vital to health and safety. Read more about QUICK TAKE – Hurricane Forecasts for 2019[…]

“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 system that can communicate – is networked – so it can isolate Read more about “Smart and Sturdy” Mark a Hurricane-Prepared Electric 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. Spring and fall are times when coal plants may be offline for Read more about QUICK TAKE – Renewables Outpace Coal Power Generation[…]

Taking Steps Forward in the Santee Cooper Situation

From Scott Carlberg The South Carolina legislature is moving ahead in the potential sale of Santee Cooper. For good reason. Unless sold, Santee Cooper customers will pay higher electricity rates to help pay for a hole in the ground. Governor McMaster in his State of the State Address made it pretty clear that Santee Cooper Read more about Taking Steps Forward in the Santee Cooper Situation[…]

QUICK TAKE – Getting High Schoolers Ready for Tech Careers

“Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC, believes that teens should engage in a 9-12 grade experience which develops them as being ‘Career and College Ready.’”  That’s what Michael Realon says. He is the academy and community development coordinator  at Olympic. ECC asked Michael to share his experience about getting students ready for science and technical Read more about QUICK TAKE – Getting High Schoolers Ready for Tech Careers[…]

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 one million now. “New technologies are changing the skill sets in demand in the Read more about Graduation Season – A Season of Opportunity[…]

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 the SC Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper): “Credit and taxing power of the State and its subdivisions shall Read more about Santee Cooper – Whose Debt Is It, Anyway?[…]

“Stay Away from Downed Power Lines”

Severe storms, lightning, tornadoes and straight-line winds made it a challenge to keep the lights on this past week. Hunkering down for the storm is one thing. Staying safe afterwards requires attention, too. A big safety rule: “Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a power line is energized and dangerous, even when power Read more about “Stay Away from Downed Power Lines”[…]

Make a List, Check It…

Can just anyone possibly buy Santee Cooper? No. The South Carolina government created a list of criteria for a buyer. There are prospective buyers that meet the criteria originally laid out by the SC Legislature for a potential sale.  According to the consultant report about a possible sale, bid consideration criteria to purchase Santee Cooper Read more about Make a List, Check It…[…]