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Santee Cooper's Finances in Focus

The Post and Courier ran a spot-on letter to the editor Thursday, November 5. It succinctly described the real financial picture of Santee Cooper: Underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars through 2029. Losing $24 million just this year.…

Bullish on Hydrogen

“I’m bullish on hydrogen,” says CNBC market analyst Jim Cramer about a fuel touted to clean-up the environment. “Over the next 10 to 20 years, I expect hydrogen to take major market share in transportation, power storage for renewables…

Something to Think About – What Kind of Web Are We Weaving?

The Power Grid Is Getting Bigger, But Plants Are Shrinking. That is a Bloomberg News headline. (Below) Seems contrary, doesn’t it? But it is true and has a lesson about our energy future. Key paragraph in the story: “All these power generation…

Energy Users Vote Everyday

Election Day. Thought it would never get here, didn’t you? Every four years, and for much of the time in between candidates for political office are on the air and on the web to say either what they have done, or what they will do if elected. This…

Weekend Energy Consumer - Halloween Edition

It’s Halloween and a time for scary things. Some of them are about energy. The way we use energy, some of its effects, and its impact on our lives can be frightening. Here are some scary energy issues, and then some ways to make them less…

Something To Think About - High School Solar

Combine solar energy and a high school, and in at least one city, there is a productive partnership. It is a positive story worth sharing. Here’s the story: “In 2017, Dr. Michael Hester became the superintendent of the Batesville School…

Who Sets Carolina Electric Rates?

Electric rates in North and South Carolina are set in two ways. Investor Owned Utilities In one case there is a regulatory system that reviews rates of companies that are investor-owned. There is a corporate and state-level give-and-take…

Why Do Utilities Invest in Economic Development?

Why would a company like NextEra want to buy Santee Cooper … debt and all?  It sees opportunity in South Carolina and believe they can help grow South Carolina.  As South Carolina grows, the need for electricity grows, and NextEra earns…

Quick Take – E-Trash Trucks Are on Carolina Roads

Two North Carolina cities made national news recently as they started using trash trucks run by electricity, not petroleum. The Wall Street Journal ran a story October 7, Electric Trash Trucks Are Coming Quietly to Your Town. Quietly is a…

Quick Take - What is a Bridge Fuel?

Getting from one place to another is what a bridge does. Getting from one kind of fuel to make electricity to another fuel uses a bridge fuel. That fuel is natural gas. Lots of debate about natural gas as a bridge fuel, too. Natural gas has…