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

Deutsche Bank: Solar Reaches Grid Parity In 2014

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A new report from Deutsche Bank concludes grid parity for solar will be reached by the end of 2014 in countries around the world…without government subsidy. It is critical that South Carolina prepare for this rapidly changing energy landscape. Allowing for solar leasing is a first step in that direction.
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Clemson Reaches Wind Turbine Facility Milestone

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Clemson Restoration Institute has reached a milestone in the construction of their wind turbine drive train test facility. This facility is designed to test the next generation of large offshore wind turbines and is expected to host companies from around the world as the offshore industry comes to the East Coast.
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A New Chapter In SC's Climate Change Discussion

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Factual information should inform our energy policy decisions, but for too long, we have ignored the reality of climate change and its relation to energy production. The recent science-based study by the SC Department of Natural Resources is worth the attention of the public and our elected officials.
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SC Businesses Demand Solar Leasing Option

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Local businesses and investors recognize the opportunities being denied South Carolinians as a consequence of our antiquated energy laws, and they are advocating solutions that make economic and environmental sense for our state.
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Resistance To Change Could Disadvantage SC Utility Customers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

South Carolina is now experiencing foundational shifts firsthand. A law to provide greater access to distributed energy systems is currently being considered in the state legislature (H.3425), but the resistance to change by entrenched interests has the legislation stalled in committee.
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All New Investment Dollars Flowing To Renewables

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In January of 2013, all new power generation brought online in the U.S. came from renewable sources (1,231 MW).
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VA, NC Embracing Offshore Wind

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Republican Governors of Virginia and North Carolina have openly embraced offshore wind as part of their all-of-the-above energy policies, and our governor should do the same. As additional opportunities for regional collaboration on offshore energy resources materialize in the southeast, it is in South Carolina’s best interest to prioritize offshore wind over oil and gas.
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SC Lagging In Solar Deployment

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

As is evident from the following map, South Carolina has some catching up to do in deploying the technologies that will power the 21st century.
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Foundations Of Electricity Generation Are Shifting Dramatically

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The democratization of energy is underway. Just as the internet and mobile phones have fundamentally altered how we communicate and access information, technological trends in the energy arena are leading us towards a future of decentralization where control over energy production is no longer concentrated in the hands of a few.
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SC Meteorologist Confronts Climate Change Head-On

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A South Carolina meteorologist from the Midlands is tackling the climate issue and educating viewers on what a warmer planet could mean for them.
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