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South Carolina law “encourage(s) the development and use of indigenous, renewable energy resources.” Renewable energy, which includes biomass, wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, and hydrogen derived from renewable sources can mitigate South Carolina’s dependence on imported energy and help meet state air quality goals.

The Energy Office has focused its efforts on developing biomass, solar, and wind energy sectors, although the office is supportive of all economic development related to renewable energy. For additional information, please click on the sources below.

Wind Farm Feasibility Study Committee

South Carolina Act 318 of 2008 created a committee to review, study, and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of windmill farms in the state including, but not limited to, whether South Carolina is a suitable site for wind production on land or in offshore areas, the economic and environmental impact to the state, and the cost of wind farm installation and operation in the state.

In 2009, the Committee released 18 recommendations to promote opportunities for future wind energy generation. Access the final report of the Committee and selected meeting materials below. The committee submitted a report with recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor on January 1, 2010. 

April 20, 2009 Meeting

Meeting Agenda & Minutes
Meeting Summary
PRESENTATION: Elizabeth Kress, Santee Cooper
PRESENTATION: Paul Gayes, Coastal Carolina University
PRESENTATION: Roger Schonewald, GE Energy
PRESENTATION: Catherine Vanden Houten, SC Energy Office
PRESENTATION: Tom French, Savannah River National Laboratory

July 13, 2009

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes
PRESENTATION: Monroe Baldwin, North Myrtle Beach
PRESENTATION: Rhonda Jackson, Fisherman's Energy
PRESENTATION: Sandy Butterfield, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
PRESENTATION: James Meador, Charleston Green Committee
PRESENTATION: Ed McCallum, McCallum Partners
PRESENTATION: Jan Mathiesen, BWEA
PRESENTATION: Larry Flowers, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

September 21, 2009

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes
PRESENTATION: Bob Perry, SC Department of Natural Resources
PRESENTATION: Doug Heatwole, Ecology & Environment, Inc.
PRESENTATION: Steve Kopf, Pacific Energy Ventures
PRESENTATION: Catherine Vanden Houten, SC Energy Office/Blair Williams, SC Department of Health & Environmental Control/OCRM

Wind Energy Production Farms Feasibility Study Committee Public Hearing
October 12, 2009

Public Hearing Minutes
PRESENTATION: Palmetto Wind Research Project
Public Comment Transcripts

December 11, 2009

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes
PRESENTATION: Adly Girgis/Elham Makram, Clemson University
PRESENTATION: Nick Rigas, Clemson University Restoration Institute
 

FINAL REPORTSouth Carolina's Role in Offshore Wind Energy Development