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When a light bulb goes off

December 12, 2016

How inventors get their ideas—and why that’s just the beginning. If you’re in search of a holiday gift for your favorite energy buff, consider the new novel by award-winning screenwriter Graham Moore. Moore tells the story of the legal, technical and public relations battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in the late 1800s that […]Read more

Companies that care

November 7, 2016

Studies have shown that communities where owners occupy the majority of homes are more successful academically, are more physically fit and have a stronger sense of community. While owning a home may not be possible or desirable for everyone, ownership does matter. It just seems to make sense that we treat things we own with […]Read more

Predicting the future of nuclear power

October 28, 2016

Some forecasts see growth, others not so much. If you want to take a big risk, try predicting the future of nuclear power.  Nuclear power generates about 20 percent of the electricity in the country. Currently in the U.S., 100 nuclear reactors operate at 60 plants in 30 states. There are reasons to think that […]Read more

Raise your voice and vote

October 27, 2016

Low voter turnout has been a topic of conversation for the last several election cycles. Since the 1960s, voter turnout during presidential elections has seen a steady decline, with the occasional uptick here and there. In the 2016 primary election cycle, voter turnout in most states was only 21 to 30 percent, and this was […]Read more

The world turns more energy efficient

September 30, 2016

Efficiency trends are expected to continue for decades. People aren’t just talking about energy efficiency. It’s actually happening across the globe – and there is a way to measure it. It’s called energy intensity, and it is calculated by comparing energy consumption to the measure of a country’s economic production—its Gross Domestic Product. In other […]Read more

The differences between overhead and underground power lines

September 26, 2016

There are two methods of installing the power lines that carry electricity to your home, overhead and underground. South Central Power members sometimes ask why we use one versus the other, or more to the point, why all power lines are not installed using the underground construction method. Isn’t one method better than the other? […]Read more

Women and cooperatives

August 22, 2016

In honor of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, let’s take a look at the roles women play in cooperatives across the globe. Even though women in the U.S. and U.K. were not allowed to vote until the early 1900s, women were granted equal voting rights in the first modern era cooperative, The Rochdale Pioneers […]Read more

A cyber security plan from the experts

July 1, 2016

Lessons you can learn from how electric co-ops guard against Internet bad guys By Paul Wesslund   Could a computer hacker shut down the nation’s electric grid? It’s a question asked in popular books, congressional hearings – and it’s even the plot point in the 2007 Bruce Willis movie “Live Free or Die Hard.” Most […]Read more

Welcome to our new website

June 21, 2016

Welcome to the new, refreshed South Central Power website! Our website is often the first place members turn when looking for information. Current users will notice the changes right away. An appealing look and feel Five tabs at the top of the home page lead you to information about your electric service, safety and education, […]Read more