Friday, September 14, 2007

Keeping Up

An article in Tuesday's Florence Morning News highlighted Progress Energy's new "Save the Watts" campaign. It is designed to increase public awareness of the electric utilities efforts to save energy.

Emerson Gower, Progress Energy's Southern region Vice President is quoted as saying:

We’ve committed that we want to reduce 1,000 megawatts of electricity demand.
One thousand megawatts is almost the size of Santee Cooper's proposed 1200+ MW pulverized coal plant, certainly larger than the demand S-C has claimed it needs by early next decade.

Which leads to the obvious question:

Why isn't Santee Cooper committed to reducing its demand by 1,000 MW?

Shouldn't South Carolina's publicly owned utility, who's mission statement is to improve the quality of life of of the people of South Carolina, be capable of doing even better than a for profit corporation whose mission is to maximize returns to its shareholders?

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