Energy Efficiency


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Ikea to Produce 100% of Electricity from Renewables

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Swedish retailer Ikea will produce 100% of the corporation’s energy needs from solar and wind by 2020. They currently generate electricity from solar panels atop 34 of their 38 US stores and distribution centers. They plan to expand solar installations, develop wind farms, and invest heavily in highly-efficient LED light bulbs. Read More

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SCE&G Requests a 6.61% Rate Increase

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Since 2004, SCE&G’s requested rate increases have driven up electricity prices by 58%, and further increases are scheduled through 2019. SCE&G customers currently pay ~40% more than Duke Energy customers, and the most recent request by SCE&G would raise rates an additional 6.61%. Read More

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Massachusetts Biomass Standard Requires Efficiency

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It’s becoming apparent that biomass facilities must meet minimum efficiency standards to be worth public investment. In an age of hybrid cars, could the government justify using public funds to purchase a 1970’s pickup truck which gets 10 miles per gallon? The same cost-benefit analysis is now being applied to biomass-to-energy facilities. Read More

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More and More Homes Meet Energy Star Standard

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Of all the homes built in the United States during 2011, a whopping 26% were constructed to meet voluntary ENERGY STAR specifications. ENERGY STAR homes consume at least 15% less energy than those built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The South Carolina legislature adopted the 2009 IECC standard this past spring, and the code will be implemented in January of 2013. Read More

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uPowerSC Continues Education Campaign

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The uPowerSC campaign continues to raise awareness about the Public Service Commission and the key role it plays in guiding our state into a very fluid, uncertain, yet vitally important energy future. 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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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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Charleston Gets Net-Zero Energy Homes

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Following a growing trend in the national real estate market, super-efficient homes are now a reality in subdivisions across Charleston. Read More

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uPowerSC Raises Awareness About Public Service Commission

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

uPowerSC is a new initiative dedicated to raising awareness about our Public Service Commission (PSC), the important decisions they make with regard to utility regulation, as well as upcoming PSC elections. Read More

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