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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…

Energy Consumer Weekend - EV Edition

Electric vehicle companies want drivers to give EVs a try. Maybe if they get people behind the wheel once, buying an EV will be a done deal. It is National Drive Electric Week, a promotional time for car companies to get people to try…

Quick Take – Special Power Project Starts Up at Fort Bragg

Make electric power and store it for later – that is a big deal in the future of the electric industry and for consumers. That is because sometimes power is needed when it is tougher to make, like wanting solar power when the sun doesn’t…

Energy Consumer Weekend - Sept. 25

Homeowners make decisions everyday about their residences. Paint colors, landscaping, furniture, for instance. Energy is going to increasingly be part of that decision-making. Here’s a look at what ECC sees ahead. What drives the change?…

Something to Think About: Nuclear Power, but Small, and Smaller

Say nuclear reactor in the Carolinas and you are likely to think big. Size, cost, time to build. Maybe even controversial. Maybe in the past, but not the future. Here’s something to think about. Our nation has had ocean-going ships powered…

Santee Cooper, Gimme 5

Have you seen this on social media – In 2015 everyone got this question wrong: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”  Got that wrong especially in the Santee Cooper service territory. While no one is great at predicting the future,…

UPDATED: South Carolina Public Service Commission To Have Four New Members

The South Carolina Public Service Commission does one of its periodic evolutions this week. The welfare of South Carolina citizens depend on good choices made for the positions on the Public Service Commission (PSC); choices that show concern…

Energy Consumer Weekend - September 18

Something prophesied for decades may be happening now: Peak Oil. As with so many things, though, it is not happening in the way many experts thought. Whether it is occurring and what it means to consumers has varied possibilities. Consumers…

Energy Density and "Battery Day"

Energy consumers will hear more about the idea of energy density. That is the amount of energy that is stored in a particular area per unit of volume. In other words, an exceptionally large space that contains little ability to make energy…

Santee Cooper – It’s Not a Game

The ongoing surprises of Santee Cooper can be gone in a relative heartbeat if it is sold to an investor-owned utility. Period. No more debates about what kind of surprise is next. Done. The State of South Carolina has a lot of other issues…