January 2019

Energy Office Releases Annual Reports

At the end of 2018, the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office (Energy Office) submitted two annual reports to the General Assembly:

Saving Energy 2018: How Electric and Natural Gas Utilities in SC are Using Demand-Side Management...

Dominion Energy Combines with SCANA Corporation

Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), and SCANA Corporation announced January 2 that they have completed their proposed merger.

The combination expands Dominion Energy's operations in Georgia and the Carolinas, where the company had already operated an electric utility serving 120,000 customer...

Freddie Mac GreenCHOICE Mortgages Can Benefit Low-Income Buyers Interested in Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Mortgage loan company Freddie Mac announced new enhancements to its GreenCHOICE Mortgages’℠ energy-efficient offerings, including broader financing options to help low-income families reduce home utility costs through energy-saving home repairs and improvements. The initiative is part of Freddie...

Renewables are Getting Cheaper but Energy Efficiency, on Average, Still Costs Utilities Less

New data by Lazard, a financial advisory firm, shows that prices for renewable electricity declined again this year, continuing their downward trend. But the data, released last month, miss another critical clean energy resource. Energy efficiency–the kilowatt-hours we avoid by eliminating waste...

Southern Environmental Law Center Launches New ‘Rates of Solar’ Website

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) launched the Rates of Solar website, an interactive site that provides simple, straight-forward information about how utilities across the Southeast are treating customers with rooftop solar on their homes. The...

Application Opens for Yale University’s New Online Certificate Program in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy

The application for Yale University’s new certificate program, Financing and Deploying Clean Energy, is now open. This year-long, admissions-based, online program will immerse participants in the transition to a clean economy and train rising leaders in critical skills. The application will...