December 2019

South Carolina Kicks off the Energy Efficiency Roadmap Initiative

The Energy Office is pleased to announce the launch of the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap to seize energy efficiency opportunities in the state. Facilitated by the Duke University Nicholas Institute, the Roadmap will review remaining...

Upcoming Workshops in South Carolina For Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Facilities

Back by popular demand, the Boiler Efficiency Institute will lead training courses on steam plant improvement and HVAC systems. The objectives of these courses are to develop the participants’ abilities to recognize cost-saving measures in a steam plant and in HVAC equipment/operation and then...

ASHRAE Course: How Smart, Efficient, Sustainable Systems Lead to Improved Resilience – May 12 in Charleston

The Energy Office will be offering the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Course...

ORS in the Community: Energy Office and Consumer Services

On November 19, 2019, the ORS Energy Office and ORS Consumer Services attended a community event at the Felician Center in Kingstree, SC, which offers many services in the community, such as a clothes closet and food pantry. The event was a great success with over 200 attendees. While the event...

Registration Open for 2020 Tri-Association Conference

Each year, the state’s three main facility managers organizations converge for a combined conference:  the SC Tri-Association of Facility Managers Conference. This conference includes the Association of South Carolina Energy Managers (ASCEM), the Association of State Planning and Construction...

Nominations Open for ASCEM Awards and Scholarship

During the 2020 Tri-Association Conference, awards will be given for Energy Manager of the Year and Energy Project of the Year. The recipient of a $1,000 college scholarship for a family member of an ASCEM member will also be announced. Nominations...

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-...

NextEra Energy Completes 74.9-MW South Carolina Solar Project

NextEra Energy Resources started operations at its newest solar energy generating facility, the Shaw Creek Solar Energy Center in Aiken, South Carolina. The 74.9-MW solar facility features more than 270,000 tracking photovoltaic solar panels.

“We are proud to supply customers with clean,...

Public Comment Period Open for Disaster Mitigation Funds

The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office (SCDRO) will use Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) grant funds for mitigation activities that will increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property...

Collaboration to Power New Solar Farm in Orangeburg County

A collaboration between Google and two S.C. electrical cooperatives will power a new 75-megawatt solar farm in Orangeburg County.

The solar farm is expected to generate 180,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually and spur $85 million in economic...

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