South Carolina PSC votes to temporarily roll back SCEG rates by 15%. Utility whines about extreme political pressure.

Today the SC Public Service Commission unanimously and without debate voted to comply with the directive of the SC Legislature. The PSC approved a 15% electric rate decrease for SCE&G customers retroactive to April 1st of this year. Before you get too excited, this past Friday SCE&G filed suit in a federal District Court to block the rate rollback saying that the legislation passed is unconstitutional. In court is exactly where we expected to be all along and why I’ve been advocating that we could and should have gotten to this point sooner.

Write a Letter for South Carolina Solar Today!

With just two weeks left in this energy-focused South Carolina legislative session, the Legislature has not passed anything to ensure the protection of customers’ access to solar power as a way to control energy costs. One of several solar bills that were introduced came close to passing the House a few weeks ago before getting killed by a last-minute rule change, while the other solar bills did not receive hearings fast enough to even come to a vote.

The path forward for solar in this legislative session is not clear, but we need to make sure that legislators know it is a priority.

Will you please write a quick letter to the editor of your local paper to draw more attention to the need for the Legislature to ensure fair access to solar power? 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.

Alternatively, just write a quick note to your legislators directly and encourage them to support pro-solar policy.

Primary Voting Begins Soon: Are You Ready to Support Clean Energy Champions?

What’s the connection between the upcoming primary elections and a climate-resilient, clean energy economy? To have climate-friendly and clean-energy policies we need climate-friendly and clean-energy supporting leaders. Primary elections begin across the Southeast next month, so the opportunities to support clean-energy champions start now! From May 8th when North Carolinians go to the polls until […]

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.

Rapid Growth: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 2 of 5)

This is part two in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. To view other blogs in this series, click here. Rapid Growth & Tremendous Potential “The Southeast has tremendous solar potential (second only to the desert southwest) and has been experiencing near exponential solar growth for the last five […]

Staff Update: Rally Against Offshore Drilling!

SACE’s Coastal Climate and Energy Manager, Chris Carnevale, joins House Representative Mandy Powers Norrell in Columbia at the South Carolina State House to rally against offshore drilling!

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 […]

The Changing Solar Landscape in the Southeastern US

The Southeastern US is not typically synonymous with aggressive renewable energy strategies, but several factors over the past several years are changing the trajectory.

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.