Savannah River Site will begin operating their biomass facility this month reducing GHG emissions by 100,000 tons per year and decrease water withdrawal from the Savannah River by 2.8 billion gallons per year. Read More
New study demonstrates the effectiveness of aggressive state energy efficiency policies. Overall in 2010, electric efficiency programs saved enough to power over 9.7 million U.S. homes for one year, and avoided the generation of 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Electric efficiency savings were achieved at an average cost of 4.3 cents per kWh, less than the cost of any other source of new power.
BMW continues to expand their renewable energy investments in the upstate. Read More.
The Clemson Wind-Turbine Test Facility nears completion. “This will be a hub for quality control testing for anything up to 15 mega watts for the world,” business development director, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch said. “This is a test facility that is world class state-of-the-art.”
South Carolina will begin to give rebates of $50-$100 for energy efficient appliances starting on Friday, January 27. The program will last until February 5.
Kings Mountain Solar, a new solar energy farm, began generating enough power for 616 average-sized homes today. With a total of 22,000 solar panels, it is one of the largest projects in the state.
Duke Energy and AWS Truepower LLC are conducting a federally-funded study of wind energy potential off the coast of the Carolinas.
Though energy efficiency improvements, the US saved enough energy in 2010 to power almost 10 millions homes, a 21% increase over the previous year. Energy savings in 2011 expected to be even greater.
In North America, private venture and corporate investments in clean energy tech grew 30% over 2010. One of the more troubling implications of rising carbon dioxide emissions is the ongoing acidification of the world’s oceans. Acidic waters threaten oceanic food chains by preventing shellfish from building their shells. The State of Washington has declared Puget Sound a “water of concern” because of acidification.
In North America, private venture and corporate investments in clean energy tech grew 30% over 2010.