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V.C. Summer and Dominion: How to Save Customers Money and Protect the Environment

South Carolina’s energy regulator--the Public Service Commission (PSC)--will be hearing a very important case in November to decide the future of the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project and SCE&G’s proposed merger with…

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

This blog post, by Frank Knapp, Jr., President and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, was written Tuesday, July 2, and was originally published on the SCSBC's blog…

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Nuclear cancellation fallout in South Carolina

SACE intern Kailie Melchior contributed to this post. The last few days have been a whirlwind in South Carolina's energy realm with the announcement that major utilities are abandoning the under-construction nuclear…

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Duke Energy's Commitment to Overspend on Coal Plants

Duke Energy is banking on charging customers in the Carolinas an estimated $7.7 billion just to keep its existing fleet of coal plants running. For at least thirteen of those units (at…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Solar Mythbusters #3: Too much solar power?

Myth: High levels of solar penetration are too disruptive for utility and grid operations. This is the third in our Solar Mythbusters series: check out the cloud and intermittency myths we already…

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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,…

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Duke Energy Merger: Big Changes for Energy Efficiency in the Carolinas

Last week, I wrote about the implications of the Duke-Progress merger on Florida energy efficiency programs. And while Duke's programs in the Carolinas are better than in Florida, they are by no means…