Monthly Archives: October 2012

SRS to Develop Cost-Efficient Solar

Savannah River Site Lab researchers were awarded two grants totaling $6.3 million to explore ways to make solar energy cost-competitive with other sources of energy by 2020. Read More

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SC Utilities Defend Solar Practices

South Carolina currently generates less than 1% of its electricity from solar energy. In contrast, North Carolina has a state law requiring its utilities to generate 12.5% of the state’s electricity from solar and other renewables by 2021, but SC … Continue reading

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Solar Frees Upstate Family From Power Grid

The State’s Sammy Fretwell examines the life of a South Carolina couple who have found a way to become completely independent from their electric utility. They rely almost exclusively on solar for their electricity needs, and a bank of batteries … Continue reading

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Santee Cooper to Close Two More Coal Facilities

South Carolinians can look forward to a healthier future as Santee Cooper announced intentions to close two of its oldest coal-fired power plants. Generating electricity from coal presents a host of environmental challenges including the release of toxins like mercury, … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency Proving Its Worth in SC

Fortunately, the value of energy efficiency has been widely recognized in South Carolina, and this editorial from the Post & Courier describes the powerfully positive potential of further efficiency improvements in our state. Read More

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Alabama Rejects Efficiency Funding

Some disappointing news came out of Alabama this past week. After the state’s Department of Economic and Community Affairs was awarded a grant worth over $540,000 to work on energy efficiency, Alabama Power (a Southern Company) and the Alabama Public … Continue reading

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California to Charge for Carbon Emissions

California will become the first state in the nation to charge industries across the economy for the greenhouse gases they emit. Opponents and supporters alike say that the state’s emissions reduction program is ambitious and risky, but this isn’t the … Continue reading

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Japan Adopts Carbon Tax

Despite a nationwide shutdown of its nuclear fleet following the Fukushima disaster last year, Japan still found the will to adopt a carbon tax on major emitters. The tax will come in three phases with the first increase adding between … Continue reading

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US Global Leader in Wood Pellet Exports

According to a new report from Wood Resources International, the US has surpassed Canada as the leading exporter of wood pellets. As Europe begins its transition from coal to woody biomass for electricity generation, they anticipate sourcing much of that … Continue reading

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Charleston Gets Net-Zero Energy Homes

Following a growing trend in the national real estate market, super-efficient homes are now a reality in subdivisions across Charleston. Read More

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