Monthly Archives: December 2012

Rising Temperatures Threaten Fundamental Change for Ski Slopes

In light of the consistently warming temperatures, perhaps it should come as no surprise that the long-term outlook for the US ski industry is, well, slushy. Read More

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Book It: 2012, The Hottest US Year on Record

It won’t be official for weeks, but when all is said and done, 2012 will go down as the hottest U.S. year on record since accurate measurements began in 1895. Read More

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Court Upholds SC’s Right to Regulate Waters Below Duke Energy Dams

In a case involving Duke Energy, the SC Court of Appeals ruled against the utility, upholding the state’s right to regulate water quality on the Catawba and Wateree Rivers. The case relates to the relicensing of Duke’s hydropower facility and … Continue reading

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Santee Cooper Partners with Green Energy Solutions on Farm Project

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), e.g., chicken houses, produce significant challenges for farmers with regard to the handling and disposal of organic waste. But Santee Cooper has partnered with Green Energy Solutions to make some of South Carolina’s CAFOs more … Continue reading

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Despite Threat to Southern Forests, UK Develops Industrial-Scale Biomass

European countries committed themselves to dramatic reductions in carbon emissions, but at the same time, Great Britain and others have moved forward with industrial-scale biomass facilities which will encourage forest degradation here in the South. For example, a UK company … Continue reading

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Some Want SC to Import Other States’ Nuclear Waste

Since 1971, nuclear waste has been leaking from unlined pits in Barnwell, SC, contaminating ground water as well as a nearby creek. One of the radioactive pollutants, tritium, exceeds safe drinking-water standards, and in some areas tritium levels are rising. … Continue reading

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Utility CEO Seeks “Solar Panels for Every Home”

David Crane, President and CEO of one of the country‚Äôs largest power generation and retail electricity businesses, has co-authored a powerful op-ed about the growing importance of solar energy in America. Mr. Crane contends that solar photovoltaic technology can significantly … Continue reading

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“Get Ready, Utilities: Solar is Coming.”

Such was the headline from a recent article out of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The author spells out what many utility executives have known for years; the evolution of solar technology is changing the electric utility business model in … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency Advice for the Holiday Season

In case you were wondering how to reduce your electricity use during the holiday season, here are six ways to save energy (and money) from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Read More

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Showtime to Air Climate Change Series

The cable network Showtime announced that it will air a multi-episode documentary next year about climate change entitled Years of Living Dangerously. A star-studded cast will narrate the television event which seeks to examine the societal implications of changing global … Continue reading

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