Conservation group’s major efforts net noteworthy win as the Energy Freedom Act moves to the Governor’s desk
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) launched the organization’s largest-ever advocacy campaign this year to promote clean energy. Today, those efforts culminated in the passage of the Energy Freedom Act as the SC State House agreed to changes made by the SC Senate. The Act is one of the most important pieces of clean energy legislation the Palmetto State has seen in decades and it now moves to the Governor to be signed into law.
The Energy Freedom Act was originally introduced in the House by Representative Peter McCoy and went through several rounds of debate and negotiation before the SC House passed the bill with a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 110-0. The Senate passed the bill with another unanimous vote, and the House concurred with changes – the bill now heads to Gov. Henry McMaster’s desk to be signed into law.
“Today we celebrate the passage of the most comprehensive clean energy legislation ever seen in South Carolina because tens of thousands of citizens spoke up and demanded it,” said John Tynan, Executive Director of Conservation Voters of S.C. “The unanimous support for clean energy shows the power that a bipartisan coalition of clean energy supporters can have. With this win, South Carolina is leading the way in a new era of clean energy leadership, and we are proud to have played a role in getting us here.”
CVSC engaged in a broad grassroots campaign to educate voters about the bill and build momentum. The organization made over 1 million voter contacts since January, to drive support for the bill, including over 88,000 mail pieces, nearly 671,000 digital impressions, knocking on over 6,100 doors, and completing a phone program with over 200,000 calls.