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South Carolina With the Gift of Energy Efficiency

December 27, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Joining its northern neighbor, South Carolina took a bold step forward for clean energy when the Palmetto State’s public utilities commission approved a “shared savings” program to compensate Duke Energy if its investments in energy efficiency programs can save money for customers.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Saves Carolinas' Utilities $

July 11, 2011 by John Wilson

People in the Southeast do want energy efficiency! We had no doubts, but it is great to see strong participation in the first full year of new efficiency programs offered by Progress Energy Carolinas (PEC) and Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC). Our analysis shows that both utilities achieved greater savings and spent less per kWh than they had...[read more]

Can NNSA deliver on mixed oxide fuel?

February 24, 2011 by Dan Yurman

Three utilities are interested, but production may fall short of demandA very big "if" in the equation to measure the potential success of NNSA's MOX $4.6 billion MOX fuel plant being built in South Carolina is whether the fuel can be delivered to customers when they need it.The "when" is the schedule of reactor fuel outages for each...[read more]

Rod Adams: Good Progress Report From South Carolina’s New Nuclear Power Plant

November 1, 2010 by Joseph Koblich
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By Rod Adams A friend wrote me a nice note the other day that has brightened my outlook on the future of nuclear energy in the United States. Like many people who write about both the industry and the technology, I have been focusing on the complex story of nuclear loan guarantees. As an Annapolis, Maryland resident and DC area worker,...[read more]

Graham won’t bow to “political push back”: “I have come to conclude that greenhouse gases and carbon pollution [are] not a good thing.”

January 7, 2010 by Joseph Romm

When we last left Lindsey Graham, the conservative Senator from South Carolina was being censured again (!) by a SC county party for trying to create clean energy jobs in the state, clean its air and reduce the nearly $1 billion a day we ship overseas to buy oil, “some of which finds its way to extremist or terrorist organizations.” On...[read more]

Republicans for Enviromental Protection run pro-Graham ad

October 30, 2009 by Joseph Romm

A major denier group has started running falsehood-filled ads going after Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the conservative gamechanger who just made a climate bill likely.  As Media Matters explains in their ad fact check: Using false oil industry talking points, the Big Oil funded American Energy Alliance produced an ad attacking Sen....[read more]

Retail gasoline stations shutting down to avoid price gouging complaints

September 14, 2009 by Michael Giberson

From Columbia, South Carolina’s The State newspaper, more evidence of the predictable effects of anti-price gouging laws: A day after drivers began a panic-buying run on gas, S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster invoked the state’s price-gouging law with fines up to $1,000 per offense and up to 30 days in jail. Hotlines were set up to...[read more]

Gasoline price gouging after Hurricane Ike in South Carolina

August 17, 2009 by Michael Giberson

In June, the South Carolina’s Office of the Attorney General issued a report on post-Hurricane Ike price gouging. The brief report is worth a look if you have an interest in price gouging laws. Over 4,300 price gouging complaints were received by the SC attorney general’s office in the post-Hurricane Ike period. Lots of investigating...[read more]

More dam economics

July 10, 2009 by John Whitehead

Another reason to hate Duke (SC Board denies Duke hydro permit):Regulators in South Carolina refused today to grant Duke Energy a water-quality certification the utility needs to renew its hydroelectric license for the Catawba River. ... Two environmental groups, the S.C. Coastal Conservation League and American Rivers, had challenged...[read more]

A tale of two cities' tolls

June 3, 2009 by John Whitehead

From the Charlotte Observer (Public might not ...): When the [Greenville, SC] Southern Connector opened in 2001, the toll road was expected to spark development in the southern part of the city. Boosters said it would carry thousands of cars daily, allowing them to bypass Interstate 85 congestion.But eight years later, development hasn'...[read more]

Four projects in lead for nuclear loan guarantees

May 11, 2009 by Dan Yurman

A fifth is a “runner up” The Department of Energy (DOE) has finally produced a short list of  new reactor projects that will likely be eligible for billions in loan guarantees. The federal insurance is paid for by the applicants. It does not guarantee funding for the projects, and only covers 80% of the costs. No federal funds...[read more]