Monthly Archives: October 2012

uPowerSC Raises Awareness About Public Service Commission

uPowerSC is a new initiative dedicated to raising awareness about our Public Service Commission (PSC), the important decisions they make with regard to utility regulation, as well as upcoming PSC elections. Read More

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Retired Columbia Minister Crusades for Solar Power

Wiley Cooper, a retired minister, wants churches and others in South Carolina to be able to take advantage of low-cost solar leasing. Currently, state law does not allow a solar finance company to lease you panels and be paid back … Continue reading

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Why Solar Power Rarely Shines in SC

The State’s Sammy Fretwell examines a multitude of barriers which have kept solar from becoming much of a player in South Carolina – despite an abundance of sunshine. Read More

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100-Watt Bulb Phased Out, but Production Continues in SC

Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb reigned as the go-to artificial light source of the 20th century, but gains in efficiency and longevity among more modern light bulb technologies have led to the phasing out of this icon of American ingenuity. … Continue reading

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Feds: Flood Risk Higher Than Thought at Duke Nuclear Facility

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission risk analysis engineer raised concerns about flood risk at Duke Energy’s Oconee nuclear plant after the NRC kept large portions of a 2011 report from the public. Read More

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Coal-Fired Australia, Buffeted by Climate Change, Enacts Carbon Tax

Australia, a nation with enormous coal deposits and one of the world’s highest per capita  carbon emissions, is implementing an aggressive tax on carbon in response to dramatic climate changes impacting the country. Soaring temperatures have amplified droughts, floods, and … Continue reading

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Retired Reverend Wants Solar Leasing For SC

Reverend Wiley Cooper of Columbia’s Washington Street United Methodist Church has started a petition seeking the legalization of solar leasing in South Carolina. Read More

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Offshore Wind Farm Could Produce Thousands of Jobs, Billions in Wages For SC

A new study by Clemson University’s Restoration Institute and Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs states that building a wind farm off SC’s coast could produce thousands of green jobs and millions of dollars in wages and state … Continue reading

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South Carolina Among Most-Improved States in Energy Efficiency

According to the 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, South Carolina ranks among the most-improved states in efficiency efforts. Read More

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Kaydon to Shut SC Plant as Expiry of Energy Tax Credit Looms

Kaydon Corp., a maker of specialty ball bearings for wind turbines, plans to shutter a manufacturing facility in Sumter due to the impending expiration of a federal renewable energy tax credit. The Production Tax Credit provides 2.2 cents of tax … Continue reading

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