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

"Value of Solar" Rate Captures True Costs & Benefits

Monday, March 18, 2013

Some states are moving towards a “value of solar” rate that captures the benefits solar energy creates for a utility and its customers. This rate would then be paid to homeowners and businesses that invest in solar and sell their excess power back to the grid.
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Renewables Protect Against Long-term Fossil Fuel Costs

Monday, March 18, 2013

Renewables are increasingly being looked at as long-term price hedges against the volatility of fossil fuel costs.  It is imperative that South Carolina utilities begin modeling benefits of this nature, which would accompany the development of our abundant in-state renewable energy resources.
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National Speakers To Talk Energy in SC

Monday, March 18, 2013

The SC Coastal Conservation League has announced details for its 25th Anniversary Conference. The League has assembled an impressive list of speakers to discuss the possibilities and potential awaiting our state over the next 25 years.
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SC Senate Introduces Solar Tax Credit Bill

Monday, March 18, 2013

A new solar tax credit aimed at making South Carolina more competitive with neighboring states like North Carolina and Georgia has been introduced in the state senate.
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Solar Leasing Fundamentally Changing Electricity In US

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Solar leasing has exploded onto the American scene offering reduced power bills for businesses and homeowners around the country. Take a look at this must read interview with the co-founder and CEO of SolarCity to get a better understanding of how this business model has fundamentally changed the nature of power generation.
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Post & Courier Editorial: Don't Block Our Sun Power

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

South Carolina now has an opportunity to participate in the growing solar market by passing legislation that removes current legal barriers for leasing panels. Unfortunately, the legislation (H.3425) is currently stalled in the SC House of Representatives.
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Shale Deposits Not A Panacea As Hoped

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Has the development of shale oil and gas put America on a path to energy independence? Industry experts warn that our expectations may be out of sync with reality. This article takes a closer look at the factors at play in the current shale boom and why conservation is the key to energy security.
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Nuclear Buyer's Remorse Hits GA and FL

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Elected officials in Georgia and Florida are starting to have buyer’s remorse as the cost of new nuclear reactors continues to climb and consumers are saddled with the additional costs.
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Globally, Climate Impacts Go Beyond Economy and Environment

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

On a global scale, shifts in climate effect more than just the economy and the environment. A new report examines how impacts from climate change are producing stressors that amplify instability around the world.
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DNR: Climate Change Threatens SC Natural Resources, Economy

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A report by the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on current and future impacts from climate change in South Carolina is now publicly available. The report describes a plethora of threats that climate change poses for our state’s natural resources and economic well-being. These threats range from the invasion of exotic species to rising sea levels to worsening drought conditions.
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