This Week’s News, January 9th, 2013

The SC Public Service Commission (PSC) was recently presented with compelling information on economic development opportunities related to solar, offshore wind, and energy efficiency. Experts in these various fields covered the clean energy resources available in South Carolina and the positive economic impact more investment in these areas would have for the state. The PSC regulates SCE&G, Duke Energy and Duke Energy Progress.

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Watch the presentations and the Q&A with the PSC

Want to learn more about the PSC or even consider running for a commission seat in in 2014? Then take a look at uPowerSC.

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Cities and states along the east coast are vying to become hubs for wind manufacturing. Do cities like Charleston and states like South Carolina have what takes to compete in this market?

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If South Carolina elected officials could take action to erode monopolies, promote self-reliance, defend property rights, create jobs, and support our state’s global competitiveness, wouldn’t you expect them to?

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Energy Efficiency Spotlight

Rolling blackouts due to extreme cold weather disrupted service for thousands of SCE&G residents this week. The company’s prescription for avoiding future blackouts? Energy efficiency.

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Take a look at how South Carolina’s utilities stack up against each other and leading utilities when it comes to energy efficiency.

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Climate Change News

President Obama’s rhetoric on climate change has been aggressive, but his actions tell a different story as fossil fuel production skyrockets.

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Remember what the tobacco industry and some politicians were saying not long ago about the “uncertainty” surrounding nicotine addiction and the health impacts of cigarettes? Fast-forward two decades and substitute “climate change” for “tobacco.”

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Wind Association Debunks Myths

Myths about clean energy incentives and the reliability of resources like wind are debunked by AWEA.
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New Study: Grid Remains Stable With Significant Renewables

A new study commissioned by the Civil Society Institute demonstrates how significantly higher levels of renewable energy penetration are consistent with maintaining a reliable grid.
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Measuring The Value Of Energy Efficiency

Residential energy use disclosure policies are proving to be an effective way of introducing energy efficiency valuation into the marketplace.
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Antiquated Electric Utility Model Under Pressure

As distributed energy technologies like solar continue to proliferate, how will utilities transition to a new business model? Here is an excellent assessment of the challenges and opportunities that currently face the electricity sector.
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Climate Change Hero On SC Television

South Carolina meteorologist Jim Gandy is taking a stand on climate change and working to educate the public about this threat. As he puts it, “Given the volume of research that’s been done, you cannot claim that you don’t believe the science, based on the science. You can say, ‘I don’t believe it because I am politically opposed to science.’ You can do that. It’s incorrect, but you can do it.”
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Google Demands More From Electric Utilities

Over 60% of Fortune 500 companies have greenhouse gas reduction targets, yet utilities are failing to offer sufficient clean energy options to businesses like Google that demand more access to renewables. That could be changing in North Carolina because of a new Duke Energy proposal.
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NC Benefits From Renewable Energy Policies

North Carolina’s clean energy policies have proven to be a boon for their economy and a cost saver for utility customers.  Even as electricity rates continue to rise and unemployment remains high in South Carolina, our elected leaders remain reluctant to learn from our neighbor’s successes.
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Public Demands Santee Cooper Remove Coal Ash From River Banks

The public calls for Santee Cooper to remove the coal ash from 82 acres of retention ponds on the banks of the Waccamaw River in Conway. Other utilities in the South Carolina (SCE&G) have opted for removal of coal ash when dealing with similar situations.
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Free Times: Over-Regulation Stifles Solar in SC

The InterTech Group in North Charleston has been a vocal supporter of eliminating barriers for solar investments in South Carolina. As noted in a recent report from the Free Times, they are bidding on projects in Georgia because there isn’t the opportunity to make these investments here in the Palmetto State.
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