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South Carolina Falls Short of Energy Freedom Act Goals

This op-ed originally appeared in greenvilleonline.com on May 15, 2022, authored by CVSC Energy Project Manager Jalen Brooks-Knepfle.  The Energy Freedom Act was a new start for South Carolina. This popular and bipartisan legislation changed the game for…

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Speak Up for Solar and Energy Efficiency at the PSC

We need your help to promote a clean and efficient grid in Duke territory! A new ruling by the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) threatens rooftop solar and energy efficiency in Duke territory. Sign now to…

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CVSC Releases 2022 Early Endorsements

The Board of Directors of Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) announced its early endorsement of 18 State Representatives in the 2022 election. “South Carolina needs champions in the House who will fight for clean air and water, stand up…

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The Future of DHEC & The Conservation Enhancement Act

The second year of session is always interesting, and this year is following suit. Your Government Relations team at CVSC continues to be on the ground championing pro-conservation legislation and educating legislators on the importance of preserving and…

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What are PFAS?

PFAS are a group of highly toxic, man-made chemicals that have been manufactured and used for decades in waterproof, stain-resistant, and non-stick products, as well as firefighting foam. These toxic ‘forever chemicals’ build up in our bodies over time and…

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Major solar decision at the PSC – How to help

We need your help to support the growth of large-scale solar in South Carolina! We are approaching another round of ‘avoided cost’ cases for Duke and Dominion at the SC Public Service Commission. These are the cases that occur every…

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Symptomatic for Energy Insecurity

A few days ago, I received an email from a mother of four — including a newborn. The screenshot attached to her message was a copy of her electric bill and a note asking for help. The reality of that…

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Our Food Is Our Wealth

In the Pinehurst neighborhood, located in sunny Columbia, South Carolina, I founded the Pinehurst Farmers Market almost two years ago because I saw that the two grocery stores within walking distance closed suddenly, at the same time.  It was…

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Why Energy Poverty is an Environmental Issue

Historically, when we use the term environmental issue in South Carolina, we usually think about endangered species, offshore drilling, or land conservation. But, that’s not the only environment most of us actually live in. What about the environment most underserved,…

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Y’ALL DID IT! House Victory for the Great American Outdoors Act

As I write this, I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Because of the hard work of conservation voters across South Carolina, and the rest of the country, the Great American Outdoors Act passed the U.S. House 310-107, with South…