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November 20, 2012


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US Could Benefit From Carbon Tax

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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, in-state energy resources. Read More

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Invasive Energy Crop Poses Kudzu-esque Risks

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In the ongoing effort to find energy sources which don’t pollute our air, land or water, biomass generates both considerable hope and concern. This article examines one particular species of plant, known as “Giant Reed”, which could possibly become an energy miracle or the next Kudzu invasion. Read More

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Judge to Decide Whether Santee Cooper Pollution Lawsuit Proceeds

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A state judge will wait until after Thanksgiving to rule whether or not the court will proceed with a lawsuit brought against Santee Cooper. The lawsuit pertains to the storage of toxic coal ash in unlined ponds next to the Waccamaw River. Read More

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Cracks Found at SCE&G's Nuclear Facility North of Columbia

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The safe operation of existing nuclear facilities in South Carolina requires diligent attention as our fleet and related infrastructure age. SCE&G recently discovered cracks in a steel dome sitting atop the reactor core at its V.C. Summer facility. Read More

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Florida Endures Painful Nuclear Financing Ordeal

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Despite cost overruns, overcapacity and the subsequent reduced appetite for energy efficiency and renewables, South Carolina has so far managed to avoid the worst pitfalls associated with advanced nuclear cost recovery. Florida, on the other hand, has not been as fortunate. Read More

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Solar Panel Prices Continue to Drop as Industry Grows

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In the past year alone, the price of solar panels dropped nearly 30% while solar jobs in the US grew by more than 13%. Much of this economic vigor can be attributed to the success of the solar leasing model (3rd party ownership) and its ability to deploy hundreds of millions of dollars in private capital. Read More

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Leasing Finances Largest Residential Solar Project in US

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

4,700 homes on Fort Bliss in Texas will receive free solar installations thanks to the market solution of solar leasing. The ability to finance energy projects by leasing equipment has become the go-to method in many states for ratepayers seeking relief from rising electricity prices. Leased panels are free, immediately reduce utility bills, and give churches, schools, businesses and families certainty about rates for decades to come. Read More

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