Monthly Archives: October 2012

Rising Seas Threaten Coastal Areas

Sea level rise is an indisputable fact – waters are rising across the globe. However, the cause of increasing sea levels and the rate at which levels are rising continue to be debated in the media despite scientific consensus. Regardless, … Continue reading

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‘Industrial Scale’ Sawmill Proposed for Orangeburg County

The various wood products industries have played a central role in the economic vitally of our state for decades upon decades, but the demands placed on our state’s forests have rarely risen to such a scale as to present a … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Biomass Standard Requires Efficiency

It’s becoming apparent that biomass facilities must meet minimum efficiency standards to be worth public investment. In an age of hybrid cars, could the government justify using public funds to purchase a 1970’s pickup truck which gets 10 miles per … Continue reading

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Brits Hesitate on New Biomass Over Sustainability Concerns

Two of Britain’s largest utilities announced a dramatic reduction in their biomass development plans, citing rising concerns over the carbon footprint of wood pellets imported from North America. A representative from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change said … Continue reading

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More and More Homes Meet Energy Star Standard

Of all the homes built in the United States during 2011, a whopping 26% were constructed to meet voluntary ENERGY STAR specifications. ENERGY STAR homes consume at least 15% less energy than those built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation … Continue reading

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uPowerSC Continues Education Campaign

The uPowerSC campaign continues to raise awareness about the Public Service Commission and the key role it plays in guiding our state into a very fluid, uncertain, yet vitally important energy future. Read More

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SCE&G Rate Increase Request Raises Concerns

SCE&G’s most recent rate increase request once again shines a spotlight on the central role our Public Service Commissioners play in regulating SC’s electric utilities. This Post and Courier editorial raises specific concerns about the rate increase, but more importantly, … Continue reading

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NC Solar Industry Booming

While South Carolina’s solar industry continues to make measured strides, we have not seen the dramatic job growth evident in other states throughout the country. The contrast is especially stark along our border with North Carolina where solar has become … Continue reading

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Europe’s Aging Nuclear Fleet Shows Costly Wear and Tear

A draft report examining Europe’s aging nuclear fleet in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima disaster last year has raised serious concerns about the safety of the continent’s nuclear facilities. The commission responsible for the report contends that repairs and improvements … Continue reading

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Norway to Double Carbon Tax on Oil Industry

More and more countries view a tax on carbon as the most effective way to encourage the innovation and adoption of carbon-free goods and services. Norway is the latest country to move boldly on this issue, announcing that it will … Continue reading

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