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Electric Dereg – May Not Be What Was Intended

Carolina energy consumers may have to fit a whole new set of words in their heads. Energy deregulation, or energy choice. Maybe consumer choice. Over the past several weeks in the Carolinas some legislators, activists, trade groups and other organizations are proposing that the retail electric industry — the kind that serves residences, small businesses, Read more about Electric Dereg – May Not Be What Was Intended[…]

Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?

Paying for essential energy needs should not be a family’s budget buster. Lots of family needs compete for the same dollars – education, replacing a car, work clothes, groceries, trying to save for retirement. Budgets are top of mind. The General Assembly of South Carolina makes decisions soon about the sale of Santee Cooper. That Read more about Will Nuclear Costs Be a Family Budget Buster?[…]

Prepare Now for Solar Panel Recycling

What do solar panels have to do with chickens and eggs? When it comes to recycling photo voltaic panels, more than it may seem. Solar power to make electricity is increasing in the U.S., most in utility-scale (large) projects for the electric grid. Companies are also adding their own solar generating facilities. Residential installations follow. Read more about Prepare Now for Solar Panel Recycling[…]

Could Santee Cooper Debt Climb $300,000,000 More?

A million dollars a day is being added to Santee Cooper’s debt for the unfinished nuclear facility and its utility operations. ECC wrote about that just a few weeks ago. Here’s a twist on that: Some news reports say the South Carolina Legislature may study the possible sale of Santee Cooper until the end of Read more about Could Santee Cooper Debt Climb $300,000,000 More?[…]

Clock is Ticking to Sell Santee Cooper, Handle the Debt

A sale of Santee Cooper might be closer to a reality, and so may be a way out of the $9 billion of debt Santee Cooper customers would have to pay. The marketplace is working. “A strong market for sale exists,” said the report commissioned by the South Carolina Public Service Authority Evaluation Committee of Read more about Clock is Ticking to Sell Santee Cooper, Handle the Debt[…]

Speaking Out For Our Energy Future

For a year Energy Consumers of the Carolinas [ECC] has provided consumer information. Now readers can see a definite viewpoint in some of our work. Our site now features some calls to action about important energy issues. It’s time. Why? ECC believes that the Carolinas have done so well in so many energy projects. These Read more about Speaking Out For Our Energy Future[…]

Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer

“Why can’t we just bury the wires?” When it comes to our electric system it is a simple question with no simple answer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas looks at some of the issues about undergrounding electric lines. This is a question that comes up following big storms – ice, hurricane, thunderstorms. First some background, explained Read more about Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer[…]

Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity

And the winners are – natural gas and renewable energy. That is the message from the US Energy Information Agency* in its new Annual Energy Outlook 2019. The report was released January 24. Natural gas and renewables are the two fastest growing fuels to make electricity in the US. Those are popular fuels in the Read more about Natural Gas and Renewables Are Growing Factors In Our Electricity[…]

A Giant Pothole of Debt

About a million dollars a day is being added to Santee Cooper’s debt for the unfinished nuclear facility in South Carolina as well as its utility operations. Money owed by the customers of Santee Cooper. That money goes to pay the costs already incurred for construction, materials and financing. The debt is like big potholes Read more about A Giant Pothole of Debt[…]

SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.

A story in The State says, “The 177,000 customers that Santee Cooper directly serves now are paying about $5.35 a month, on average, for the failed [V.C. Summer] nuclear project. Barring a sale or another major change, that eventually will rise to $13.33 a month.” It adds up to real money, out of customers’ real pockets, Read more about SC Debt: A Million Dollar Decision. Time’s Up.[…]