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Settlement lowers proposed SC Dominion Energy bill increase

Monday, July 15, 2024

Settlement to increase low-income energy efficiency program spending Today, the Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, joined a settlement in the Dominion Energy South Carolina rate case that all parties in the proceeding, including the state Office of Regulatory Staff, have joined or stated they do not oppose. Dominion initially sought a rate increase that would have increased the monthly bill for residential customers…

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Settlement agreement provides for studies, safeguards for wildlife on Seabrook Island

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Coastal Conservation League, represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP), reached an agreement with the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) regarding a proposed sand scraping project along the beachfront of Seabrook Island and Captain Sam’s Inlet. “This agreement reinforces the need for long-term solutions for beach management,” said Riley Egger, Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director for the Coastal Conservation League. “This sets the stage for Seabrook to pursue future projects…

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Groups reach settlement in South Carolina Duke Energy rate increase case

Friday, May 17, 2024

Agreement will expand low-income assistance and energy efficiency Multiple groups, including the Coastal Conservation League, have reached a settlement with Duke Energy in its request to the Public Service Commission to raise rates about 20%, reducing the increase to around 13%. The typical customer using 1073 kilowatt hours will see a $13.44 increase on their monthly bill starting in August, with an additional $6.89 increase in August 2026. Originally, Duke sought to raise rates $19.18…

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Little Pee Dee River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2024

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Myrtle Beach, SC — The Little Pee Dee River in North and South Carolina has been named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® for 2024, a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Looming highway development and poor resource management has put this river at risk, threatening critical habitat for endangered fish…

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Conservation League seeks to intervene in Isle of Palms seawall case

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Coastal Conservation League announced today it has filed a motion to intervene in an action filed by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (DHEC OCRM) against a beachfront property owner who knowingly violated state law by building an erosion control structure with non-beach compatible materials on the beachfront, blocking public access to the beach at high tide. DHEC OCRM is seeking injunctive relief regarding the…

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Conservation League partners in Penn School relaunch

Friday, March 1, 2024

Today, the Coastal Conservation League stood beside partners at the Penn Center to officially relaunch the Penn School for Preservation.   In February, the Penn Center received a $650,000 grant from the Coastal Community Foundation to relaunch the Penn School for Preservation, using courses to address land loss and development pressures in Beaufort County by providing training in civic engagement, citizenship, and community-based planning.    The Conservation League will…

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A statement in response to potential development on Bay Point Island

Thursday, February 29, 2024

On February 28, IHG Hotels & Resorts announced intentions to build an “eco-conscious resort, spa, and residential community” that would span Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, and Bay Point Island. Any reference to development on Bay Point Island, a vulnerable barrier island at the mouth of the Port Royal Sound, is extremely concerning. The island has no infrastructure—no roads, water, sewer, or power—and is only accessible by boat or air. It is a dynamically shifting…

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Commission approves Santee Cooper’s long-term plan to build large gas plant with Dominion Energy on the Edisto River

Friday, February 16, 2024

Utilities have not disclosed cost or location of gas pipeline projects needed Yesterday, the South Carolina Public Service Commission unanimously approved Santee Cooper’s long term power plan (Integrated Resource Plan, or “IRP”), greenlighting a new gas-fired power plant that would be jointly financed and owned by Dominion Energy South Carolina. The approval ignores concerns from intervenors and an independent consultant to the case about the gas plant that would be located…

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Members of environmental groups allowed to intervene in Lofton Road Mine lawsuit

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, the Coastal Conservation League and Friends of Coastal South Carolina were recently granted approval to take part in legal action to oppose a proposed mine that would threaten important habitat and adversely impact the local community in rural Charleston County. As a small fishing town in rural Charleston County, McClellanville and the surrounding area are known for their outstanding water quality and famous Bull’s Bay oysters, clams…

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Conservation agreement reduces the development’s impacts to wetlands, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, December 14, 2023

In a unique effort in collaboration between a developer and conservation advocates, an agreement has been reached regarding a development along the banks of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. RiverPort, a nearly 4,300 acre industrial, residential and commercial development within the City of Hardeeville and Jasper County, shares a 6-mile border with the Refuge and is near the Savannah River. The Savannah River, a moving waterway whose footprint swells and shrinks, depends on this wetland…

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