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

Efficiency Increases Productivity Without Cost Of New Generation

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Energy efficiency makes our economy more productive at a lower incremental cost than simply investing in new power generation. A recent analysis concludes that 74% of new energy demand since 1970 has been met through energy efficiency measures in the U.S..
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NC Clean Energy Policies Boost Economy, Save Customers Money

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A new North Carolina study reveals clean energy policies in that state created over 21,000 jobs and generated $1.7 billion in economic activity between 2007 and 2012. In addition, these policies are expected to result in $173 million in customer savings between 2006 and 2026.
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Honda Offers Solar With Car Purchase

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Honda and Acura have announced that they will be offering their customers access to low cost home solar systems via leasing agreements with the company SolarCity.  Financing opportunities like this will not be available in South Carolina until legislation is passed that removes barriers for third party ownership of distributed energy systems.
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Solar Leasing A Path To Greater Energy Freedom

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Here’s a closer look at recent trends in the solar industry and specifically what solar leasing would mean for South Carolina.
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Free Market Solar Bill Derailed By SC House Subcommittee

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Free markets and consumer choice took a hit this week in the South Carolina House of Representatives. A subcommittee failed to move discussions forward on a piece of legislation (H.3425) that would give home and business owners greater flexibility in financing distributed energy systems like solar arrays.
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Hawaii Adopts Financing Similar To SC Co-op Pilot Program

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Hawaii Public Service Commission has embraced on-bill financing as a viable mechanism for financing energy efficiency and solar for utility customers. The Electric Cooperatives of SC have been piloting a similar project for energy efficiency.
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Hope For Federal Clean Energy Policy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Can Congress come to consensus on clean energy issues? Some analysts are seeing signs of hope.
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As Georgia's Nuke Costs Climb, Legislators Eye Utility Profits

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

As the costs for new nuclear reactors in Georgia continue to rise, lawmakers are considering reigning in utility profits on the project.
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Utility CEO Vows Focus On Climate Change

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A recently retired electric utility CEO from Entergy Corp vows to continue to push the industry and the nation to address climate change.
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Solar Power Now Cheaper Than Coal?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A new power purchase agreement for solar power in New Mexico comes in lower than the cost of coal.
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