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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. Read More

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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). Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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