Wednesday, May 21, 2014 News

This Week's News, May 20th

by Andy Hollis

We’ve reached the final leg of the solar race in South Carolina. Last week, S.1189 moved out of a key House committee with unanimous and bipartisan support. The legislation will now be taken up on the floor of South Carolina House this week.

Click here to find your representative and express your support for S.1189.

For media coverage on last week’s vote, click here

For a full overview of S.1189, click here

A number of conservation groups have requested that the SC Public Service Commission reconsider a recent decision that would allow Duke Energy to construct a new natural gas plant in the upstate without fully evaluating the economic and environmental mitigation options available to the company. The groups maintain that integrating a solar energy element to compliment operations of the gas plant would reduce costs for customers while also reducing environmental impacts.

The formal request for reconsideration filed with the SC Public Service Commission can be found here.

As evidence by three solar projects that have just been announced in Georgia, large-scale solar is now outcompeting traditional fossil fuel alternatives on cost.

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Energy Efficiency Spotlight

Thinking about making energy efficiency home improvements to save money this summer? You better act fast if you want to take advantage of up to $2,500 in rebates that SCE&G is offering their customers for a limited time. The program will be officially canceled on July 31st of this year.

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Climate Change News 

Watch US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speak on the Senate floor about his recent trip to South Carolina and the Southeast to learn about climate change challenges in the region.

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