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October 23, 2012


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Europe's Aging Nuclear Fleet Shows Costly Wear and Tear

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A draft report examining Europe’s aging nuclear fleet in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima disaster last year has raised serious concerns about the safety of the continent’s nuclear facilities. The commission responsible for the report contends that repairs and improvements necessary to reduce risks would cost in excess of $30 billion. Read More

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Norway to Double Carbon Tax on Oil Industry

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More and more countries view a tax on carbon as the most effective way to encourage the innovation and adoption of carbon-free goods and services. Norway is the latest country to move boldly on this issue, announcing that it will double the carbon tax on its North Sea oil industry. Such taxes reduce greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change, but as in this case, they can also generate funds to help combat the…

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SRS to Develop Cost-Efficient Solar

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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 power companies say we are moving in the right direction. This article examines the state of solar in SC, and the ways in which our utilities promote renewable technologies. Read More

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Solar Frees Upstate Family From Power Grid

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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 makes that power available even when the sun doesn’t shine. Surprisingly, they still enjoy the use of typical modern appliances. Read More

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Santee Cooper to Close Two More Coal Facilities

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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, gas emissions which undermine the stability of our climate, the production of hazardous coal ash, and mining techniques which level mountains in Appalachia. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Proving Its Worth in SC

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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 Service Commission said they were unwilling to participate in the stakeholder process aimed at developing policies to help ratepayers conserve energy and save money. Alabama Power stated explicitly that the company does not support…

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