Write A Letter to the Editor To Protect Florida’s Shores from Drilling

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission’s oil drilling ban in state waters is up for a final vote in the full commission next week! It has a new proposal number (6004) and has been combined with the issue of prohibiting vaping in indoor enclosed indoor workplaces, meaning both issues will appear in the same proposal number.

SACE has made the following letter-to-the-editor toolkit to make it easy for you to submit a letter to your local newspaper, encouraging the CRC to support the offshore drilling ban. Please consider writing a letter to your local paper supporting the drilling ban. Feel free to take inspiration from the talking points below, and adapt them to your liking. Then, below, find the links to your local paper’s instructions on how to submit your letter.

Time is of the essence since the vote is next week!

Bills seek to promote solar freedom in SC Legislature

Several bills have been introduced in the South Carolina Legislature to promote solar freedom and reduce energy costs for consumers. These bills seek to help consumers, who are now burdened with having paid for the failed $9 billion VC Summer disaster, by providing options for low-cost power and customer choice. The first of these bills will […]

Last Chance! Trump Offshore Drilling Comment Period Ends Tomorrow

Tomorrow marks the end of the comment period on President Trump’s new “drill-everywhere” offshore drilling plan. If you haven’t submitted your comment yet, visit the online comment portal here right now and let his administration know what’s on your mind. After that, you can click here to send a quick letter to your state and federal elected officials, asking them to help in the fight to protect our coast.

Talking Energy Reform with the SC Tea Party

On Monday of this week, I got to speak at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach about the ongoing V.C. Summer nuclear scandal. It was a great opportunity to find common ground with the Tea Party on important energy issues here in SC, as SACE has done with Tea Party groups in other states. I was asked to talk about what’s really going on with the nuclear scandal, who’s responsible, and what comes next, so I tried to wrap all of that up into about 10 minutes, but here are the main points: 1) In trying to understand how we’ve gotten to this point with huge debt for a canceled power plant that customers may end up having to pay, the details are many but can be boiled down to that monopolies, set up by the government, have been taxing us, killing competition, and taking away our freedom; and 2)Likewise, the solutions to the mess can be terribly complicated, but it comes down to this key question: in South Carolina’s energy system, are we going to continue the failed path of corrupt monopoly control that brought us to this point, or free our state’s electric customers to enjoy customer choice in a fair power market that people can understand?

The conference had a great videographer who has made the video available on Youtube here and I’ve copied it below. If you would like to read a written copy of my remarks, please scroll down below the video.

How I Went Solar In South Carolina

My wife and I just got solar installed on our home’s roof a couple months ago and here is our story of how we went solar. Hopefully it helps you go solar too. Before adding solar to our roof, we did a couple important things: 1) waited to install solar until after we’d replaced our […]

4 Ways You Can Help Defeat Trump’s Disastrous New Drilling Plan

You may have heard the news that last week President Trump unveiled an utterly insane national plan for offshore drilling that seeks to auction off 90% of our country’s offshore waters to oil companies. In the plan, the coastlines of every single coastal state except Hawaii would be jeopardized by offshore drilling, with potential drilling […]

Trump Administration pushes offshore drilling EVERYWHERE

Today, the Trump Administration took a huge step toward disaster with the announcement of their draft proposed five year program for offshore drilling. The proposed plan will foist oil and gas drilling as close as 3 miles to shore along the entirety of the coasts of the lower 48 states, including the Atlantic, Straits of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific. Drilling privileges for Atlantic coast areas from Central Florida to Delaware would be auctioned to oil companies beginning in 2020 and for the Eastern Gulf of Mexico area currently under moratorium and Straits of Florida (off of South Florida and the Keys) in 2023. Altogether, the new drilling plan makes 90% of the nation’s waters available for oil companies to drill. Please stand with us, and the thousands of businesses, 125 local governments, and hundreds of thousands of citizens who have stood up to reject offshore drilling in favor of our coastal economy and quality of life, and join us to fight President Trump’s reckless drive to drill.

These 51 Southeast Mayors and Communities Are Going for 100% Renewable Energy

Mayors and cities around the Southeast are going all in on renewable energy, which can help lower electricity costs, reduce pollution, and create jobs. Check out the list below (bolded communities have adopted formal goals) and if your mayor has already stepped up, please thank them. If your mayor hasn’t joined yet, please ask them to join!

Jobs, $$$, and Clean Energy: Solar Company Investing Big in South Carolina

South Carolina got a major announcement on Thursday, when solar energy development company Cypress Creek Renewables proposed a major investment in the Palmetto State. Cypress Creek announced they aim to build 2,000 megawatts of solar in SC over the next 3-5 years, which is enough to power about 600,000 homes. This amount of solar means a $1.5 billion investment in our state by a single solar company, and up to 10,000 construction jobs over the 3-5 year build out period. The buildout is reported to be spread among 80 sites, which likely means many localities–predominantly rural–would benefit by the development in the form of local jobs, and revenue from property taxes.

Clemson Goes Big With Wind Turbine Testing

Yesterday Clemson University announced they’d landed a big deal for testing a huge wind turbine. The world’s most powerful wind turbine, the MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW, will be tested at Clemson’s world-class energy innovation center in North Charleston, SC. The facility, equipped with large test rigs, will be able to simulate 20+ years worth of field conditions on the turbines and measure their response and interaction with the grid in just a few years’ time, and then MHI Vestas will be able to optimize the turbines’ performance and reliability. The Clemson-MHI Vestas partnership, a $35 million investment, is a big step forward in realizing the economic potential of offshore wind for South Carolina and the Southeast.