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Power Plants Make Transition; Reduce Carbon

Two power plants have changed to reduce carbon emissions. The Indiantown Cogeneration Plant stopped operation at the very end of 2020. Florida Power and Light (FPL) bought the coal facility three years ago so it could be shut down. NextEra…

Santee Cooper Ranks Eight. FPL is Number One

The South Carolina legislature is looking at two utilities. So is JD Power. How did they rank with JD Power? Santee Cooper came in #8. FPL, the Florida utility owned by NextEra Energy, came in #1. That was just one assessment. Often corporate…

2021 Sees Big Renewable Energy Additions

“Wind and solar will represent more than two-thirds of new energy production to come online in 2021, while battery storage capacity is set to quadruple over the next year” reports UtilityDive magazine. Electric generation additions are…

Good-bye Carbon-free Power. We’ll Miss You.

“Nuclear generating capacity will account for the largest share of total [power generating] capacity retirements” in 2021. That means a lot of carbon-free power generation goes offline in 2021, at a time when people want more carbon-free…

The State of the State; the State of Santee Cooper

Rogue, arrogance, incompetence, errant -- the Governor of South Carolina used these words in his State of the State message to describe Santee Cooper. Wow! Here’s a quote from the Governor of South Carolina in his January 13 State of the…

Something to Think About - Scope 3 Emissions

Emissions that come from your car are emissions you create. Emissions that come from a company’s manufacturing belong to that company. Easy to understand. Those are called Scope1 Emissions. They are also called direct emissions.  Scope 2…

Carbon Emissions Drop to Multi-year Lows

2020 carbon emissions may be 11 percent lower than 2019 according to the Energy Information Agency (EIA). One-word reason: COVID. “EIA expects CO2 emissions in 2020 to fall by 19percent for coal, by 13 percent for petroleum, and by 2 percent…

Peering into the Future - Energy Trends in 2021

“There’s not going to be a whole lot of difference between the last day of 2020 and the first day of 2021.” That is a quote from the leader of the North Carolina Utility Commission Public Staff in a recent webinar. As writers strain…

A Look Back at 2020

In roughly 200 blogs since January 1, 2020, ECC assessed the energy picture in the Carolinas, and certainly well beyond the Carolinas. Energy is a big subject, bigger than two states. That is probably the biggest lesson of the year for everyone…

Santee Cooper “Best of 2020” Blogs

It’s a tradition at the end of the year to look back, “best of” lists are all over. Books, albums, podcasts, restaurants…  We are no different, so here are the blogs that had the most clicks for Energy Consumers of the Carolinas. Today,…