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Mar 2, 2020

How S.C. became a national clean energy model

After construction of two additional reactor units at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station ended in 2017 with billions of dollars of debt, 5,000 people out of work and no new reactors, lawmakers jumped to investigate what had happened. But something else happened too. “You had a really tough situation there with that plant that I […]

Feb 25, 2020

S.C. solar jobs up 10% in 2019

South Carolina saw a 10% increase in its solar workforce last year to 3,037 total jobs, according to a report from the nonprofit advocacy group The Solar Foundation. Nationally, solar jobs were up 2.3% in 2019, an increase of 5,600 jobs, to 249,983 total jobs focused primarily on solar-related activities. The increase comes afte[...]

Feb 11, 2020

S.C. Department of Administration issues Santee Cooper report

The S.C. Department of Administration has released its long-awaited report on the future of Santee Cooper, setting the stage for the General Assembly and Gov. Henry McMaster to make their decision on what to do with the public utility. The S.C. Legislature passed a joint resolution in May directing the Department of Administration to work […]

Jan 8, 2020

Feds ordered to produce additional seismic documents

A U.S. district judge has ordered the federal government to produce all documents related to its decision to allow seismic blasting tests off the coast of South Carolina, a legal victory for municipalities and environmental groups who are suing to block the tests. The S.C. Environmental Law Project filed a federal lawsuit in Dec[...]

Jan 2, 2020

Dominion Energy makes donation for new exhibit at children’s museum

Dominion Energy has donated $100,000 for a new installation coming to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. In the new exhibit, Circuits!, children will explore, build and discover how circuits power everyday objects. The exhibit will be in the museum’s new Makerspace, which is the Southeast’s first certifie[...]

Dec 2, 2019

Researchers in North Charleston receive $1.24M for wind turbine project

Clemson University researchers in North Charleston have received $1.24 million from the Department of Energy to develop a new way to test equipment on offshore wind turbines. The goal is to enhance the wind turbines’ reliability, making them more cost-effective and attractive to build. More wind power would make the world [...]

Nov 15, 2019

We have the best city, but we can’t rest on our laurels

After so many years of being rated the No. 1 city in the entire universe, it took us a little work to digest this new-to-us ranking from U.S. News & World Report. The great state of South Carolina is not No. 1, nor No. 2 or even No. 22. The Palmetto State ranks 42nd in […]

Nov 14, 2019

Goose Creek considers becoming electric city

Goose Creek could grow by 5,000 acres if a ballot referendum to start a municipal electric utility passes Dec. 3, a move that proponents say would provide an economic boost to the city and allow Century Aluminum to nearly double its workforce. Santee Cooper, which provides electricity to Century Aluminum by contract, is opposing the […]

Oct 24, 2019

Electrify America installs 5 S.C. vehicle charging stations

Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America headquartered in Reston, Va., has opened five electric vehicle charging stations across South Carolina, including one in the Lowcountry. “Our goal is to make charging easier and more accessible for electric vehicle drivers, or those considering purchasing one, when they hit the road,” Anthony Lambkin, senior […]

Jun 24, 2019

Utility contractor charged with tax violations

A Berkeley County utility contractor was arrested by S.C. Department of Revenue agents on Friday on charges he failed to file tax returns. Randall Lee Jones, 42, of Cross, owns Cape Fear Utilities LLC, a utility construction company. Jones was also charged with failure to account and pay over withholding tax for his employees. The […]

Feb 1, 2019

South Carolina prefers natural gas

“I prefer natural gas” was an ad campaign slogan many years ago in an attempt to get consumers to use more natural gas, which can be less expensive than electricity depending on usage. In the last five years, the Palmetto State been on an upward trajectory for natural gas consumption, outpacing the nation as a […]

Jan 24, 2019

Judge bars seismic permitting work during shutdown

A federal judge has barred the government from moving forward with seismic permitting and halted litigation surrounding the permits during the government shutdown. The Trump administration ruled to allow companies to perform seismic air gun surveying to determine whether oil or gas exists below the Atlantic Ocean floor; municipalities and environmental groups have filed lawsuits […]