12 Business Cases that Support Offshore Wind Energy

Offshore wind energy is a clean and inexhaustible resource that would reduce air pollution, preserve precious water resources, and reduce carbon emissions along our coasts here in the Southeast. In addition to these environmental benefits, offshore wind energy would provide a major source of economic growth.

Here are 12 business cases that support offshore wind energy in the Southeast:

South Carolina Benefits Today from Offshore Wind Industry

Despite the fact that South Carolina, and most of the Southeast, has no utility-scale wind farms, we are reaping the benefits of the industry even today. In fact, especially today. Earlier today, Cape Wind, the first proposed offshore wind farm in the United States, which is being built off the coast of Massachusetts, announced that [...]

Deny this, solar skeptics!

“This is the second major announcement in which a utility has stated plans to procure more than 100 megawatts of solar PV based on its cost-competitiveness with natural gas, as opposed to RPS-driven demand.” - GTM Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman If developers continue to bid in at these prices — it won’t be the last. Interesting. Solar energy, cost-competitive [...]

Why should Duke Energy go beyond compliance with solar power?

Over the past few months, we have seen several signs that Duke Energy has shifted its attitude towards renewable energy and solar power in particular.  The three most critical signs are: Duke Energy has rolled out a campaign to mislead the public about customer-owned solar generation. Duke Energy still refuses to evaluate solar power as [...]

Duke Energy Shortsighted on Efficiency, Again

In December 2011, Duke Energy and Progress Energy signed a settlement agreement with several groups, including SACE,to resolve legal issues raised during the Companies’ proposed merger. As mentioned in a recent SACE blog, the Company does not have a plan to deliver on its efficiency savings target. The latest disappointment came with Duke Energy’s 2013 Integrated [...]

Do You Know What South Carolina’s Public Service Commission Does?

Do you know what the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) does? This is a question that the vast majority of South Carolinians may not be able to answer, even though the PSC is one of the most important regulatory bodies in the state. In short, the PSC is responsible for seeing that utility companies promote [...]

Two is Better Than One: SC Public Service Commissioners Support Efficiency for the Holidays

The South Carolina Public Service Commission affirmed its support for energy efficiency twice during the holiday season! First by approving South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G)’s financial incentive and energy efficiency programs, and then by approving Duke Energy’s financial incentive and programs. Both SCE&G and Duke Energy will be saving South Carolinians energy for years [...]

Appalachian Voices Launches Energy Savings Action Center

Our Southeastern friends at Appalachian Voices recently launched a new website, the Energy Savings Action Center. We are excited about it because residents in eight southeastern states who want to save money and energy now have a new online resource where they can find information about home energy loan programs offered by their electric utilities, [...]

USDA announces energy efficiency loan funding for cooperatives

SACE is excited to announce that yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final rule on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program.  The USDA anticipates that, under the Rural Utilities Services department of the USDA,  it will provide $250 million in federal loans to rural electric cooperatives and utilities who can then [...]

Businesses Lead on Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

This post is the fourth in a five part blog series on sea level rise, being developed concurrent with the new IPCC climate report, Florida Atlantic University’s Sea Level Rise Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Oct. 16 – 17, and the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on Oct. 29. You can read the other posts here. [...]