CVSC and clean energy supporters like you celebrated when the South Carolina legislature unanimously passed the Energy Freedom Act earlier this year. We thought the future was bright. After all, the legislature gave clear direction that they wanted more competition and more solar in South Carolina. But on Friday, we saw six of the seven Public Service Commissioners turn their backs on the legislature, the public, and clean energy. In one fell swoop, they brought […]

November 19, 2019 | Read More >

Bottom Line Up Front The Public Service Commission is holding “avoided cost” hearings in October that will have long-term impacts on your electricity bills and our clean energy sources – and utilities want to put the squeeze on the decision in favor of profits. In the proceedings, the Public Service Commission will determine the avoided cost, or value, of solar energy in South Carolina’s market. If the PSC sets an artificially low avoided cost, utility-scale […]

October 14, 2019 | Read More >

Last month marked the 30 year anniversary of Hurricane Hugo making landfall in South Carolina. When NOAA posted satellite imagery of an incoming hurricane on September 21, 1989, we had no idea that the name “Hugo” would go on to become a household name in South Carolina over 30 years later. When Hugo barreled into our state, it began a rapid assault that was the most expensive, damaging storm to hit the United States to […]

October 3, 2019 | Read More >
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On September 16, filing opened to run for the South Carolina Public Service Commission. Public Service Commissioners make major decisions that impact your future electricity bills, ability to choose your utility providers, and whether energy comes to you from clean, renewable sources or from dirty fossil fuels. That’s a big list of responsibilities. A recent article in the Post and Courier highlights exactly how important this election is. Click here to get up to speed on the PSC […]

September 30, 2019 | Read More >

2019 Senate Conservation Leadership Award -Sen. John Matthews Senator John Matthews was born and raised in Bowman, South Carolina. A graduate of South Carolina State College, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, and Lincoln Electrical Institute; he has served in the SC Senate since 1985. Before that, the Senator served 10 years as a member of the House of Representatives from 1975-1984. He serves as Assistant Minority Leader in the Senate. Senator Matthews frequently cites the three most […]

September 13, 2019 | Read More >

Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award- Dr. J. William “Billy” Holliday Dr. J. William F. (Billy) Holliday is a life-long resident of Horry County and graduate of Washington & Lee University and The Union Institute Graduate School. In the early 2000’s he was on the faculty of the W&L Summer Scholar’s program. In 1989 Holliday was appointed by Governor Carroll Campbell to the S.C. Agricultural Commission on which he served representing Horry and Georgetown counties until 1999. […]

September 12, 2019 | Read More >

Harriet Keyserling Conservation Advocacy Award – Peg Howell In 2009, Peg Howell and her husband semi-retired to Pawleys Island. In 2013, just 4 years after her arrival in South Carolina, she began noticing pieces from her County Councilman and State Representative in local newspapers supporting drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic. Knowing first-hand the risks that offshore drilling and seismic testing pose, Peg was inspired to act. She co-founded SODA – Stop Offshore […]

September 11, 2019 | Read More >

2019 House Conservation Leadership Award -Representative Nathan Ballentine  Rep. Nathan Ballentine was born in Richland County, graduated from the University of South Carolina, and has worked, lived, and raised his family in the Irmo/Chapin area of the Midlands for almost three decades. Rep. Ballentine has served his community in the SC House since 2005, first running as a CVSC- endorsed candidate focused on restoring funding to the South Carolina Conservation Bank. Over his 7 terms […]

September 10, 2019 | Read More >

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 >