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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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California to Charge for Carbon Emissions

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

California will become the first state in the nation to charge industries across the economy for the greenhouse gases they emit. Opponents and supporters alike say that the state’s emissions reduction program is ambitious and risky, but this isn’t the first time California has been at the forefront of an energy issue in the US. Read More

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Coal-Fired Australia, Buffeted by Climate Change, Enacts Carbon Tax

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Australia, a nation with enormous coal deposits and one of the world’s highest per capita  carbon emissions, is implementing an aggressive tax on carbon in response to dramatic climate changes impacting the country. Soaring temperatures have amplified droughts, floods, and wildfires, while increased carbon uptake by the ocean has degraded the Great Barrier Reef. Read More

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Risk & Choice: Are We Capable of Addressing Certain Threats?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The SC Sea Grant Consortium’s summer newsletter includes an insightful article on the science of risk and choice. While the piece doesn’t address the energy sector, many of the author’s conclusions apply to our decision-making about fossil fuel consumption and climate change. Read More

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Europe's Demand for Wood Pellets to Impact Southeast

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The UK’s biggest coal-fired power plant will spend $1 billion to convert half of its units to burn wood pellets. Once completed, it would require harvesting a forest the size of Rhode Island each year. The company says the majority of pellets would come from the Southeastern US, raising concerns about sustainability. Read More

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How to Deal with Coal Ash

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

SCE&G is becoming a model for the region with its plans for dealing with coal ash. Read More

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Coal Ash Controversy

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

As other South Carolina utilities formulate plans for the future storage of coal ash, a recent court ruling against TVA demonstrates the liability coal ash ponds represent. Read More

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Clean Energy in SC

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Columbia Regional Business Report takes a closer look at the future of coal-fired power plants and highlights the lack of a clean energy policy in South Carolina.                    Read More

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Coal Plants to Close

Monday, July 30, 2012

Progress Energy Carolinas has announced plans for accelerating closure of two unscrubbed coal plants in North and South Carolina. Read More

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Coal Generators Across the Country to Retire

Monday, July 30, 2012

Across the nation, coal plant owners and operators are preparing to retire 175 coal-fired generators representing 27,000 megawatts of capacity by 2016. Read More

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