May 2018

SC ENERGY SUCCESS: St. Andrews Baptist Church

St. Andrews Baptist Church has been serving the Columbia, SC community for more than 50 years. As Columbia has grown and expanded, so has the church. With an aging heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and inefficient lighting, the church decided it was time to make upgrades...

Energy Manager and Energy Project of the Year Awards Announced

The 2018 Energy Manager and Energy Project of the Year awards were announced at the 2018 Association of South Carolina Energy Managers (ASCEM) Spring Conference in April. The Energy Manager of the Year award recognizes and encourage the role of those working in the energy management profession,...

Fall Accredited Commercial Energy Manager (ACEM) Class--Save the Date

The Association of South Carolina Energy Managers (ASCEM), in partnership with the Energy Office, will hold its fall Accredited Commercial Energy Manager (ACEM) course October 16-19. We are pleased to announce that Jim Herritage has agreed to come back and teach one more ACEM course. The ACEM...

Efficiency and renewables: the dream team for a clean energy future

With the promising trend of plunging prices for renewable energy, there may be a temptation to wonder whether energy efficiency is still cost effective. The answer is a very affirmative “yes.”  As companies, cities, and states work to keep energy costs down and meet ambitious greenhouse gas...

Energy-efficient light bulbs cost more in high-poverty areas

Energy-efficient light bulbs are more expensive and less available in high-poverty urban areas than in more affluent locations, according to a new study.

Researchers explored disparities in the availability and price of energy-efficient bulbs by surveying 130 stores across Michigan’s most...