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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…

Is Santee Cooper an Asset?

An asset should have a positive benefit to the owner. Not always the case, obviously. The unhappy example is Santee Cooper – it bet the future of the company and the finances of its stakeholders and failed. Deeply failed. Santee Cooper failed…

Quick Take – NIMBY or YIMBY?

NIMBY is a term that means, “Not In My Backyard.” It has become a catchphrase for efforts to prevent various plants or facilities from being built near cities or neighborhoods. NIMBY efforts have made the news for years. Here’s something…

Are Natural Gas Prices Going Up?

Home and business owners who use natural gas have had a bargain over the past several years. Prices for that fuel have been low. Utilities do “fuel adjustments” for their customers based on the cost of fuel, so customers have had the benefit. Think…

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,…