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.

Think Energy SC

Savannah River biomass facility will open

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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

Think Energy SC

Electric Efficiency as A Savings Tool

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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.
Read More.

Think Energy SC

Expanding Renewables in the Upstate

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

BMW continues to expand their renewable energy investments in the upstate.  Read More.

Think Energy SC

Clemson Wind-Turbine Test Facility Nears Completion

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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.”
Read More

Think Energy SC

Rebates on Energy Efficient Appliances in SC

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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.

Read More: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2012/jan/24/rebates-new-energy-efficient-appliances-start-frid/

Think Energy SC

Large Solar Energy Farm Debuts in North Carolina

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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.

Read More: http://www.power-eng.com/news/2012/01/1583449588/duke-energy-one-of-north-carolina-s-largest-solar-farms-debuts-in-kings-mountain.html

Think Energy SC

Investigating Wind Potential in SC

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Duke Energy and AWS Truepower LLC are conducting a federally-funded study of wind energy potential off the coast of the Carolinas.

Read More: http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/news/42357-duke-energy-to-study-offshore-wind-potential-in-south-carolina

Think Energy SC

Energy Efficiency in the US

Sunday, January 15, 2012

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.

Read More: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/01/us-beats-expectations-saving-energy?cmpid=WNL-Wednesday-January11-2012

Think Energy SC

Ocean Acidification in Washington State

Sunday, January 15, 2012

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.

http://summitcountyvoice.com/2012/01/11/global-warming-puget-sound-faces-acidification-threat/

Think Energy SC

Clean Energy Growth in North America

Monday, January 9, 2012

In North America, private venture and corporate investments in clean energy tech grew 30% over 2010.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2012/01/09/400458/cleantech-venture-investments-grew-2011-solar/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed&mobile=nc

Stay Up-To-Date

Sign up for the latest news from the Coastal Conservation League and find out how you can get involved in our efforts.