Monthly Archives: November 2012

World Bank Urges Climate Action

When the World Bank, an institution dedicated to free market capitalism, warns of the impending catastrophic impacts from climate change, it deserves our full attention. In a recent report, the President of The World Bank Group writes, “it is my … Continue reading

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A New High-Efficiency Battery Balances Generation From Renewables

In case you thought renewables couldn’t substitute for traditional baseload technology, Greenville’s Utility Partners of America recently placed a rechargeable Energy Storage System into service to “balance fluctuations in electricity generation from renewable energy sources.” The battery operates at 91% … Continue reading

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Joanna Angle named SC Tree Farmer of the Year!

Joanna Angle of Chester, SC was named SC Tree Farmer of the Year for her management of the 65-acre Cedarleaf Farm. She says, “my…goals are very long term because what matters most to me is creating a ‘legacy forest’ and … Continue reading

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Clemson-Carolina Football Game “Green-Powered”

The Clemson-Carolina game this season was powered by 100% renewable energy from Santee Cooper. Clemson President Jim Barker said the game “is a public expression of our university’s commitment to innovation and a sustainable energy future.” Read More

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Santee Cooper Announces Solar Design Competition!

Your SC Public Service Authority seeks conceptual designs for projects that will facilitate the deployment of solar PV generation across our state. Read More

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NC Attorney General Seeks Rate Increase Reversal

North Carolina’s Attorney General wants the state Supreme Court to reverse Duke Energy’s most recent rate increase. Guaranteed profits and multiple rate increases for utilites during these difficult economic times have elevated tensions among ratepayers across the Carolinas. Read More

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GA’s Public Service Commission Values Solar Leasing

In a meeting last week, the GA Public Service Commission urged businesses to appeal to their General Assembly for greater competition in the state’s solar market. Read More

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SCE&G Reduces Rate Increase Request After Outcry

After a contentious public hearing in Charleston earlier this month, SCE&G reduced their requested increase from 6.61% to 4.23%. The Public Service Commission has approved rate increases for SCE&G 18 times since 2005. Read More

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US Could Benefit From Carbon Tax

As the impacts of climate change become more and more apparent, the need to identify a palatable solution to the carbon problem becomes clear. This topic receives a fresh look from a professor of energy policy at Oxford. Read More

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Electricity from Burning Trees Can Be Dirtier Than Coal

Turning whole trees into pellets and shipping them to Europe to be burned is not a climate solution. But if we embrace highly-efficient, local bioenergy projects which use waste wood, South Carolina could transition from imported, polluting fuels to cleaner, … Continue reading

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