November 2018

Spring 2019 ASCEM Conference and Energy Office Training

The Association of South Carolina Energy Managers (ASCEM) will have its Spring conference in Columbia in late March or early April. The ASCEM board is in the process of selecting a location and date and forming the agenda.

The Energy Office is also currently deciding on training offerings...

October 2018 Accredited Commercial Energy Manager Graduates

The 18th Accredited Commercial Energy Manager (ACEM) course was held October 16-19, 2018. This course teaches attendees skills that can be used to calculate energy efficiency of items such as lighting and HVAC at their facilities. This challenging course culminates in an exam on the...

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10804 Goes Solar with VOLTS4VETS Project

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10804 in Little River, South Carolina has partnered with Re-volv to purchase and install a 15.1-kW solar PV system as part of their “Volts4Vets” project.

RE-volv, a San Francisco-based non-profit, created the Solar Ambassador Program in 2014 to...

SC Electric Co-ops Get $13 Million Loan to Improve Home Energy Efficiency

South Carolina electric cooperatives are receiving a $13 million federal loan to help make consumer-members’ homes more energy efficient.

The seven co-ops are the first in the nation to receive the money through the USDA Rural Energy Savings Loan Program.

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D...

Green Energy Biofuel to Open New Facility in South Carolina

Green Energy Biofuel says it plans to invest $4.3 million to build a fats, oils, and grease (FOG) recycling facility in Warrensville, South Carolina. The planned 36,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2018.

According to an announcement posted by the South...

Energy Office Partners with NASEO to Offer Financing Partnerships Roundtable – New Date December 4, 2018

The Office of Regulatory Staff- Energy Office and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will be hosting a roundtable discussing improved coordination between the state’s various energy financing programs. This roundtable will enable participating agencies and individuals to...

Greenville County School District Leads in ENERGY STAR Certification

ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Of the 85 buildings in the state of South Carolina that are ENERGY STAR certified, 68 of those are in the Greenville County School...

Duke Energy, Hunt Partner for Solar Installations at US Air Force Base

US utility Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) has partnered up with local firm Hunt Alternative Energy Investments and installed 5,865 solar panels on 284 homes at Shaw Military Housing in South Carolina.

The photovoltaic (PV) panels are expected to produce approximately 2.4 million kWh per year...

Shaw Celebrates Achievements at Lexington County Plant

In May, Shaw unveiled its 14 MW combined heat and power (CHP) system at Plant 8S in Lexington County. The CHP system provides 90% of the plant’s electricity and 100% of its steam, resulting in annual savings of $4 to $5 million and annual greenhouse gas emission reductions of an estimated 26,000...

Palmetto Women in Energy & Environmental Resources Luncheon

Join Palmetto Women in Energy & Environmental Resources (PWER) for a luncheon on Thursday, December 13 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Capital City Club in Columbia, SC! This is an opportunity to network with industry professionals and learn more about the formation of PWER. Come hear Dr. Kasie...

SC Clean Energy Summit Rescheduled for December 18, 2018

Due to Hurricane Michael, the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA) rescheduled its annual Clean Energy Summit for December 18, 2018. The theme of this year’s summit isCharting a NEW Path for South Carolina's Clean Energy Future.” All...