Bottom line up front – there are important decisions brewing that will determine the future of solar energy in South Carolina which, by and large, are flying under the radar. And right now the scales are being tilted in favor of the utility monopolies. BREAKING news Friday evening: SC utility regulators hire firm with ties to power companies to advise on price of solar First, the Good News As you probably remember, the Energy Freedom Act […]

August 3, 2019 | Read More >

We are facing a monumental threat from seismic testing and offshore drilling and we are standing with you to stop these threats in South Carolina waters. We created the Take the Pledge campaign to build a pathway of actions to unite voices across the state and put a permanent end to this threat. Many of you have taken this pledge already. If you haven’t, Take the Pledge today and take action to stop offshore drilling and seismic testing. Today, we are issuing […]

July 23, 2019 | Read More >
Carolee Williams

Sometimes Good News Comes in Big Packages! It feels like a long time since we’ve had good news for the Land and Water Conservation Fund(LWCF)… but it’s worth a celebration nonetheless! In mid-February, the U.S. Senate passed the largest public lands package in a decade, driven largely by a huge bipartisan effort to permanently reauthorize the LWCF. And this week, a House vote on that package is imminent! Urge your Congressional Representative to vote for […]

February 25, 2019 | Read More >
John Tynan

Last week, we hit the one-month mark in the 2019 session. While that might not be reason in and of itself to celebrate, we have seen a lot of our priority issues moving forward - like offshore drilling and clean energy growth. The progress we’ve seen in the first month of session wouldn’t be possible without grassroots action from conservation voters, like you, from all across South Carolina. I’m encouraged and inspired by the sheer volume […]

February 9, 2019 | Read More >

A coalition of solar industry groups, conservation organizations, and clean energy advocates released a 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda January 2, calling on state lawmakers to pass a suite of policies in the first 100 Days of 2019 that will inject competition into South Carolina’s energy sector. The campaign will include over 750,000 contacts across key legislative districts in every region of the state in order to stress the need for legislative action by April 10 […]

January 2, 2019 | Read More >

We saw high turnouts for a midterm election this year, and South Carolina voters sent a clear message. Instead of voting along party lines, South Carolinians elected candidates from both parties who care about conservation – candidates who are determined to fight for a clean energy future and protect the air, land, and water we love. Last night we celebrated victories of proven champions like Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), Laurie Funderburk (D-Camden), and Robert L. Brown (D-Hollywood) who […]

November 7, 2018 | Read More >
John Tynan

From the Exec is a biweekly message where I get to share some important thoughts with our friends and neighbors about the conservation world and the important work we do. Elections have consequences. When we rally as conservation voters and sweep conservation-minded candidates into office, the consequences are that we protect the South Carolina we love – we’re able to pass policies that protect clean air and water, preserve unique landscapes, and advance clean energy. But […]

October 22, 2018 | Read More >
Carolee Williams

Wow. With your help, South Carolina’s premier tool for protecting public and private lands, the Conservation Bank, was permanently reauthorized at the State House this year. We showed our state legislators how much we care about land protection, and they agreed with us. That’s why I’m asking for your help again. While our state legislators are on break, we need your help encouraging our federal lawmakers to reauthorize a federal program that complements our work with […]

August 8, 2018 | Read More >
John Tynan

I know the title of this post is a bit melodramatic, but I think it captures the sentiment that we all have after yesterday’s vote on H.4421, the pro-solar bill we’ve been talking about for the last few weeks. We recently shared the great news that the pro-solar bill received second reading on April 5 and was on track to make crossover. This was a huge victory over the utilities and State Chamber who have […]

April 11, 2018 | Read More >
John Tynan

Working together is key to a clean, healthy environment. In today’s world, partisanship seems more extreme than it has ever been — the Pew Research Center found that more than 81 percent of Republicans and Democrats have an unfavorable view of the other party. As a whole, we don’t thrive in partisan situations — probably because there are always winners and losers when it’s an “us” vs “them” argument. As someone who works at the […]

January 27, 2018 | Read More >