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Mar 22, 2021

Viewpoint: Dominion proposal attacks jobs, penalizes customers

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy would like to set the record straight on a few of the “facts” Keller Kissam published in the Feb. 22 issue of the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Mr. Kissam is president of electric operations for Dominion Energy South Carolina. This monopoly utility is regulated by S.C.&r[...]

Mar 18, 2021

Dominion Energy buys 11 acres in West Ashley

Dominion Energy is expanding its West Ashley footprint. The power and energy company, headquartered in Richmond, Va., has purchased 11.269 acres on Henry Tecklenburg Drive to develop additional crew quarters, Senior Communications Specialist Paul Fischer said. The new facility will allow for enhancements to the current Savage Road crew quarters across the street. Plans include an […]

Feb 22, 2021

Viewpoint: 5 facts you need to know about solar in S.C.

Fact 1: Solar Choice has to treat all Dominion Energy South Carolina customers fairly. That means the 99% who do not choose solar and the 1% who do. Fact 3: The proposed Solar Choice tariff will not discourage South Carolinians from choosing solar. The benefits are clear for customers who have the means to choose […]

Dec 8, 2020

Century Aluminum gets 3-month contract extension

The back-and-forth battle between Santee Cooper and Century Aluminum has been given a three-month extension. Yesterday, the Santee Cooper board of directors voted to give the Mt. Holly aluminum smelting plant three more months under its current contract as the two entities negotiate long-term electricity rates, Santee Cooper said in a news release. The 90-day contract extension […][...]

Nov 2, 2020

Century Aluminum threatens closure over power contract

Legislation. Lawsuits. Job cuts. Mt. Holly Century Aluminum in Goose Creek has run out of options to acquire cheaper electricity rates and said it would close by Dec. 31 if a new power arrangement couldn’t be reached with Santee Cooper. While the news isn’t a total surprise after a similar tug-of-war in 2015, the finality will […]

Oct 8, 2020

Judge’s ruling likely ends seismic testing off coast for years

Seismic testing off the coast of South Carolina is likely finished for several years after a federal judge dismissed a 2018 lawsuit on Tuesday. The suit, filed by the Coastal Conservation League, took aim at the National Marine Fisheries Service for issuing preliminary seismic testing permits off the state’s coast. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel […]

Sep 9, 2020

Trump continues moratorium on offshore drilling in S.C. until 2032

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to extend the moratorium on offshore drilling activity on Florida’s Gulf Coast to include its Atlantic Coast as well as the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. An existing drilling suspension is in effect for the Sunshine State until June 2022, and Trump’s new order will […]

Aug 5, 2020

Charleston energy software company raises $29 million investment

A second round of funding for a Charleston software company focused on energy savings for homeowners brought in $29 million from investors recently. Palmetto, which has employees working across the United States, is headquartered at Pacific Box & Crate on Upper King Street. The company completed the Series B round of funding with investors from […]

Apr 14, 2020

Business fraud attempts rising amid COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has put a business twist on a scam that typically gets used against homeowners during natural disasters. The scam goes like this: Someone calls or emails you and says they’re from the electric utility company and if you don’t go buy a gift card for hundreds of dollars and read off the number, your […]

Apr 1, 2020

Goose Creek sues Santee Cooper over electric service to Century Aluminum

Goose Creek has filed a lawsuit against Santee Cooper over the city’s right to provide electric utility service to customers who will be annexed into the city. A special referendum passed in December allows Goose Creek to establish a municipal electric utility. The sole customer when the utility begins operation on Jan. 1 would be […]