Pipeline company, AG differ in law’s interpretation
Former general counsel at Elliott Davis Decosimo and Duke Energy president Catherine Heigel was recently confirmed as the new executive director of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). She talks with UBJ about motivating employees and making them feel valued.
Abengoa Energy Crops committed more than $1 million annually to support a three-year research project in South Carolina on the use of different trees and grass-like species to produce sustainable biomass for energy.
“This facility expansion will give us enhanced capabilities to test natural gas vehicle components, which are an integral part of the strategic plan for the control technologies business.”
The Charlotte-based utility announced this week its plans to retire the coal plant at Lake Julian while building a new natural gas-powered site that includes creation of solar energy – a week after Duke Energy pleaded guilty in federal court to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act related to coal ash polluting the Dan River in North Carolina.
Duke Energy has said it planned to move the coal ash to a more permanent location than the unlined areas in the 696-acre site in Belton.
A small but growing energy industry could mean a lot of green for South Carolina -- and as one of the most nuclear-dependent states in the country, the next two decades could be crucial in determining South Carolina’s nuclear future, particularly since operating licenses for all seven existing nuclear units in the state are set to expire between 2033 and 2043.
A 2014 study by the SC Department of Commerce, DHEC, New Carolina and RecyclonomicsSC found that there are over 520 recycling-related companies in South Carolina. This study also found that in the past eight years alone, the recycling industry has “doubled its annual total economic impact: from $6.5 billion in 2006 to $14 billion in 2014.”
On Monday, South Carolina filed its 13-page response to the federal government’s Clean Power Plan, the far-reaching proposal that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hopes will cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Wood said of his 2014 Special Recognition Award from the South Carolina Solar Council. Over nearly four decades, he has survived an industry energy insiders refer to as “the solar coaster ride,” hanging on as solar energy went in and out of fashion. Business would grow dramatically and then shrink again as the prices of other fuels rose and fell.
With some of the lowest natural gas costs in the country, this region has attracted more businesses and freed up development cash.
What will power the vehicles of the future? Innovators in the Upstate are discovering the answers.