December 2018

Energy Office Hosts Financing Partnerships Roundtable

On December 4, 2018, the Office of Regulatory Staff - Energy Office and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) hosted a roundtable to discuss improved coordination among the state’s various energy financing programs.

A diverse group of more than 30 individuals were...

2019 Spare the Air Awards Nomination Period Now Open

The Spare the Air Awards is the Bureau of Air Quality’s program that awards those that are working towards improving air quality in South Carolina. This award program recognizes environmental leaders such as schools, organizations, businesses, and individuals that are working on projects and...

SCDOI Releases Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for SC under VW Environmental Mitigation Trust

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the South Carolina Department of Insurance released the state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) under the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.

The BMP details the state's overall goals for the use of the funds and the categories of eligible...

DOE-Funded Drivetrain Testing Facility Contributes to Job Creation in South Carolina

Last fall, the DOE-funded wind drivetrain testing facility at Clemson University announced a partnership with MHI Vestas to test the drivetrain over a period of...

Clemson University Partners with Georgia Tech on DOE Award for Power Transformers

On November 14, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of up to $7.5 million to support the research and development leading to transformers that can be shared and replaced more easily in the event of a failure, are smarter with embedded sensors and analytics, and are more...

To Inspire Energy-saving Behaviors, Local Governments Engage Residents, Hold Contests, Try Games

Nearly two-thirds of behavior-based programs for saving energy involve in-person contact with residents, such as home energy audits, according to a new survey of 50 such programs nationwide. As energy efficiency programs increasingly target behavior, local governments are taking diverse...

Energy Smart Tips: Wastewater Treatment Plants

Nationally, the energy used by water and wastewater facilities accounts for 35% of the typical U.S. municipal energy budget, with electricity usage accounting for 25-40% of operating budgets for these facilities (NYSERDA, 2008). The good news is that there are lots of ways to substantially...

Bright Idea: Lighting Toolkit for K-12 School Districts

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Solution Center held a webinar to introduce comprehensive guidance for K-12 schools along with a review of the newest lighting technologies and strategies for classroom optimization and proficiency, with a goal of helping school energy managers...