The Energy Office launched the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap Initiative in October of 2019 to seize energy efficiency opportunities in the state. Facilitated by the Duke University Nicholas Institute, the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap (Roadmap) reviews remaining energy efficiency recommendations from the 2016 State Energy Plan, reassess according to current priorities, identify new opportunities, and develop next steps.
The first stakeholder workshop was held on November 18, 2019 with over 50 participants from a diverse range of organizations. During this meeting, attendees developed the following shared objectives to guide this effort:
Increase energy efficiency in South Carolina by:
- Expanding the coordination, engagement, and education of thought leaders, policymakers, and all levels of consumers on energy efficiency issues.
- Creating accessible and adequate funding mechanisms for cost-effective efficiency investments.
- Employing equitable and transparent processes to reduce energy burdens for vulnerable communities by pursuing an equitable and just transition to an energy efficient economy.
Guided by an advisory committee, six working groups were formed:
- Efficient Buildings (EB)
- Energy Equity and Energy Burden (EE/EB)
- Financing Mechanisms (FM)
- Nonprofits and Public Entities (NP/PE)
- Utility Programs (UP)
- Education and Workforce Development (EWD)
South Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap Report
The following report summarizes the collaborative work of stakeholders during the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap Initiative. Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions facilitated and provided the structure and process followed by South Carolina stakeholders. An Advisory Committee, a diverse and broadly representative group, was formed and met regularly to provide guidance to the process which represented nearly 70 diverse stakeholder voices. The Roadmap identified several potential paths forward to help stakeholders and citizens seize the energy efficiency opportunities within the state. Informed by the 24 energy efficiency recommendations from the state’s 2016 State Energy Plan, the objective of the Roadmap is to build on the collective priorities and strengths of the state’s energy stakeholders to identify and achieve a shared set of energy efficiency policy goals and inform the state’s energy efficiency strategy. The recommendations resulting from the Roadmap are reflective of the work of the voluntary stakeholder working groups. As a result, not all recommendations reflect consensus among all stakeholders but are included for the purpose of furthering discussion and continued exchange.