Renewable Energy

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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.

U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Task Force

In 2012, the BOEM Director chartered the South Carolina Task Force to facilitate coordination and consultation on commercial leasing proposals on the Outer Contenental Shelf (OCS) offshore South Carolina as stipulated in EPAct 2005. This Task Force is not chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and thus is wholly intergovernmental with regard to membership and participation.

Numerous local, state, and federal governmental agencies have statutory roles related to OCS renewable energy projects. To the extent practicable, the BOEM South Carolina Task Force will work to ensure the most efficient, effective, and coordinated review within established procedures of proposed projects to support the Administration’s goal of broadening the energy resource portfolio for the Nation, consistent with individual agency and government mandates, and statutory and jurisdictional authority. For information about the BOEM Task Force, please see the link below.