Think Energy SC

This blog is maintained by the Coastal Conservation League's Energy & Climate office to inform South Carolina’s citizens about complex issues related to energy policy in our state.

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Santee Cooper Partners with Green Energy Solutions on Farm Project

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), e.g., chicken houses, produce significant challenges for farmers with regard to the handling and disposal of organic waste. But Santee Cooper has partnered with Green Energy Solutions to make some of South Carolina’s CAFOs more sustainable. The partnership’s first plant in Lamar, SC will “produce electricity and heat by converting waste into methane gas, using a unique yet simple technique, bacterial digestion.”
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Despite Threat to Southern Forests, UK Develops Industrial-Scale Biomass

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

European countries committed themselves to dramatic reductions in carbon emissions, but at the same time, Great Britain and others have moved forward with industrial-scale biomass facilities which will encourage forest degradation here in the South. For example, a UK company announced that two “monster pellet plants” will be built in Mississippi and Louisiana.
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Some Want SC to Import Other States' Nuclear Waste

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Since 1971, nuclear waste has been leaking from unlined pits in Barnwell, SC, contaminating ground water as well as a nearby creek. One of the radioactive pollutants, tritium, exceeds safe drinking-water standards, and in some areas tritium levels are rising. Given this legacy of contamination, many South Carolinians question the appropriateness of a new effort to bring the nation’s spent nuclear fuel to the Aiken area.
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Utility CEO Seeks "Solar Panels for Every Home"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

David Crane, President and CEO of one of the country’s largest power generation and retail electricity businesses, has co-authored a powerful op-ed about the growing importance of solar energy in America. Mr. Crane contends that solar photovoltaic technology can significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and our dependence on an outdated, vulnerable and expensive grid. Mr. Crane’s company generates power from coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind and solar energy.
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"Get Ready, Utilities: Solar is Coming."

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Such was the headline from a recent article out of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The author spells out what many utility executives have known for years; the evolution of solar technology is changing the electric utility business model in transformational ways. So what is the key to the future? The article prescribes flexibility to incorporate low-cost, renewable energy and advanced demand-response systems to ensure reliability.
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Energy Efficiency Advice for the Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In case you were wondering how to reduce your electricity use during the holiday season, here are six ways to save energy (and money) from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
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Showtime to Air Climate Change Series

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The cable network Showtime announced that it will air a multi-episode documentary next year about climate change entitled Years of Living Dangerously. A star-studded cast will narrate the television event which seeks to examine the societal implications of changing global weather patterns.
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A Progressive Carbon Tax Will Fight Climate Change and Stimulate the Economy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Center for American Progress is the latest organization to weigh in on how the United States might approach the problem of carbon pollution. Pricing carbon continues to be discussed as a free market solution, but a number of key questions remain as to how such a model would be implemented nationally.
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Wind, solar power paired with storage could be cost-effective way to power grid

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A new study out of the University of Delaware contends that a combination of wind, solar and storage could be a cost-effective way to fully power a large electric grid 99.9% of the time by 2030. If these findings prove accurate, traditional generation like nuclear and fossil fuels would serve as backup during rare events when renewables and storage were not enough to meet electricity needs.
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Significant Integration of Renewables Poses Real Challenges

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

States like California which produce significant amounts of electricity from renewable resources now face the challenge of balancing those resources with traditional forms of generation. Fortunately for SC, we produce so little electricity from solar and wind that we could grow these market for years without having to address similar constraints.
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