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Why conservative South Carolina could actually be a sign of the future of U.S. energy

Friday, February 19, 2016

From the Washington Post: Coastal South Carolina has long been recognized by locals and tourists alike for its warm waters, dazzling natural landscapes and prime seafood cuisine. But lately, communities up and down the shoreline have been making a name for themselves in another way: They’re leading the historically conservative state in a shift toward support for alternative energy and away from fossil fuel energy development. In the past year, the waters off the coast of…

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Don’t Let Santee Cooper Block Solar!

Monday, August 24, 2015

As other South Carolina utilities are improving customer access to our abundant solar resource, Santee Cooper has proposed adoption of punitive rates for customers that want to produce some of their own power. If adopted, the proposal would represent one of the most aggressive anti-solar policies in the country and run counter to the pro-solar policies offered by SCE&G, Duke Energy, and most of the SC electric cooperatives. Take a moment to submit…

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Finding Common Ground to Expand Solar Energy in South Carolina

Monday, June 29, 2015

Signed into law by Governor Haley in 2014, Act 236 is a consensus bill developed by electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, solar power proponents, and conservationists to open the way for more distributed energy production in South Carolina. Taken together, the bill’s key provisions – giving customers the freedom to lease solar, permitting utilities to introduce distributed energy programs, and ensuring equitable net metering rules – are complementary approaches that will expand customer options…

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New Study: Grid Remains Stable With Significant Renewables

Monday, April 29, 2013

A new study commissioned by the Civil Society Institute demonstrates how significantly higher levels of renewable energy penetration are consistent with maintaining a reliable grid. Read More

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Antiquated Electric Utility Model Under Pressure

Monday, April 29, 2013

As distributed energy technologies like solar continue to proliferate, how will utilities transition to a new business model? Here is an excellent assessment of the challenges and opportunities that currently face the electricity sector. Read More

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Google Demands More From Electric Utilities

Monday, April 29, 2013

Over 60% of Fortune 500 companies have greenhouse gas reduction targets, yet utilities are failing to offer sufficient clean energy options to businesses like Google that demand more access to renewables. That could be changing in North Carolina because of a new Duke Energy proposal. Read More

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NC Benefits From Renewable Energy Policies

Monday, April 29, 2013

North Carolina’s clean energy policies have proven to be a boon for their economy and a cost saver for utility customers.  Even as electricity rates continue to rise and unemployment remains high in South Carolina, our elected leaders remain reluctant to learn from our neighbor’s successes. Read More

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Free Times: Over-Regulation Stifles Solar in SC

Monday, April 29, 2013

The InterTech Group in North Charleston has been a vocal supporter of eliminating barriers for solar investments in South Carolina. As noted in a recent report from the Free Times, they are bidding on projects in Georgia because there isn’t the opportunity to make these investments here in the Palmetto State. Read More

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Sun News: Utilities Should Stop Obstructing Electricity Markets

Monday, April 29, 2013

As the Sun News recently put it, “Utilities need to get out of the way and allow solar power to make more inroads in South Carolina, allow consumers the chance to lower their electricity bills, and allow a bit of free market competition in the industry.” Read More

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Utah Passes Free Market Financing Policy For Clean Energy

Monday, April 29, 2013

Utah has passed legislation that makes commercial and industrial financing more accessible for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. This policy is expected to cut costs for businesses while stimulating growth in the state’s clean energy sector. Read More

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