October 30, 2012

Climate Science

Rising Seas Threaten Coastal Areas

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sea level rise is an indisputable fact – waters are rising across the globe. However, the cause of increasing sea levels and the rate at which levels are rising continue to be debated in the media despite scientific consensus. Regardless, unprecedented weather events like Hurricane Sandy demand action at all levels of government as reality confirms scientific projections. Read More


‘Industrial Scale’ Sawmill Proposed for Orangeburg County

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The various wood products industries have played a central role in the economic vitally of our state for decades upon decades, but the demands placed on our state’s forests have rarely risen to such a scale as to present a serious threat to overall forest and ecosystem health. A recently proposed timber mill of unprecedented, industrial-scale proportions might be wading into unsustainable waters. Read More

Biomass · Energy Efficiency · Renewable energy

Massachusetts Biomass Standard Requires Efficiency

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It’s becoming apparent that biomass facilities must meet minimum efficiency standards to be worth public investment. In an age of hybrid cars, could the government justify using public funds to purchase a 1970’s pickup truck which gets 10 miles per gallon? The same cost-benefit analysis is now being applied to biomass-to-energy facilities. Read More


Brits Hesitate on New Biomass Over Sustainability Concerns

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two of Britain’s largest utilities announced a dramatic reduction in their biomass development plans, citing rising concerns over the carbon footprint of wood pellets imported from North America. A representative from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change said that biomass is a relatively high-cost way to address the carbon issue when compared to wind and energy conservation. Read More

Economic Development · Energy Efficiency

More and More Homes Meet Energy Star Standard

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Of all the homes built in the United States during 2011, a whopping 26% were constructed to meet voluntary ENERGY STAR specifications. ENERGY STAR homes consume at least 15% less energy than those built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The South Carolina legislature adopted the 2009 IECC standard this past spring, and the code will be implemented in January of 2013. Read More

Energy Efficiency

uPowerSC Continues Education Campaign

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The uPowerSC campaign continues to raise awareness about the Public Service Commission and the key role it plays in guiding our state into a very fluid, uncertain, yet vitally important energy future. Read More

Economic Development

SCE&G Rate Increase Request Raises Concerns

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SCE&G’s most recent rate increase request once again shines a spotlight on the central role our Public Service Commissioners play in regulating SC’s electric utilities. This Post and Courier editorial raises specific concerns about the rate increase, but more importantly, these public hearings present an opportunity for average citizens to have their voices heard on pressing energy issues. Read More

Economic Development · Renewable energy · Solar

NC Solar Industry Booming

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

While South Carolina’s solar industry continues to make measured strides, we have not seen the dramatic job growth evident in other states throughout the country. The contrast is especially stark along our border with North Carolina where solar has become a significant “cash crop” on farms where land has sat vacant for years. Read More

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