February 19, 2019
Dear SCCEBA supporter,
First, THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored or attended the 2018 SC Clean Energy Summit in December! Despite rescheduling from our original October date and working around the November/December holidays, the event was well-attended and informative. Here are a few attendee comments:
“Can we sign up to exhibit next year?”
Photos and presentations from the 2018 Summit are now available on our website. An attendee list is also available to MEMBERS and SPONSORS ONLY. Email me with your request. And, stay tuned for information on the 2019 Summit … we are exploring NEW partnerships that will make our 2019 event BIGGER and BETTER than ever!
Second, CAN YOU HELP US GROW SCCEBA? As we discussed at the 2018 Summit SCCEBA Members’ Meeting, SCCEBA has successfully moved from grant-funding to 100% MEMBER FUNDING, allowing our organizational focus to be locally-driven. This is a TREMENDOUS accomplishment for a non-profit, but it comes with a cost. SCCEBA’s budget is a now a fraction of what is was in the early years and, quite frankly, needs to grow in order to fully support our goal of delivering greater member value while working to advance consensus-driven, comprehensive energy policy for South Carolina. This letter goes into a bit more detail on this and on changes in our Board Leadership. YOU CAN HELP US GROW SCCEBA by joining or renewing membership in SCCEBA today!
We grateful for your help!
Looking forward to a great 2019 -
Governor Henry McMaster and state and local dignitaries gathered on Friday, February 15 at the Google campus in Berkeley County to celebrate the data center's 10 year anniversary. The event was hosted outdoors with the company's $600 million expansion active in the background. When the expansion is complete, the SC campus will be among Google's largest. In April 2018, Google announced that it had hit it's goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy. Google has been a SCCEBA Advisor member since 2013.
SC Energy Freedom Act advances in SC House
With a unanimous vote February 14, the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry (LCI) Committee favorably reported to the full House anamended version of H. 3659
The amendment is a compromise among conservation groups, utilities, solar providers, the SC Office of Regulatory Staff, and utility customers that completely replaces the bill's original language. The new language eliminates the two percent cap and continues one to one net metering on rooftop solar until June 1, 2021, at which time the Public Service Commission (PSC) is charged with making a recommendation for the future of rooftop solar. The bill further requires utilities to submit a voluntary renewable energy plan for commercial customer choice to the PSC within 120 days of passage of the legislation. As was the case with Act 236 of 2014, electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper are exempt from the legislation. H. 3659 could be debated on the House floor as early as this week. SCCEBA is in the process of reviewing this bill and gathering feedback from members in order to determine whether to actively support the bill. Email your thoughts to Bonnie@scceba.biz.
View The 2018 SCCEBA
Clean Energy Summit Photo Gallery & Plenary Presentations
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
THANK YOU RENEWING MEMBERS
FIRST TIME Member
Alder Energy Systems
FIRST TIME Member
Hannah Solar Government Services, LLC
Southern Current, LLC
Applied Research Center – RENEWING Member
Clemson Area Transit – RENEWING Member
Proterra, Inc. – RENEWING Member
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
SCCEBA ROUNDTABLES - WE NEED YOUR IDEAS
Throughout 2019, SCCEBA will be revamping our regional “Roundtable” events. In the past, the SCCEBA Board identified a theme (such as Energy Storage or Clean Transportation), date and location for the Roundtable, and, then, we worked behind-the-scenes to develop the agenda, invite presenters, facilitate logistics and promote the Roundtables.
This approach, while productive, was based on a SCCEBA staffing model that no longer exists. Going forward, we plan to use a member-first approach and work TOGETHER WITH YOU to build the events.
PALMETTO WOMEN IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES (PWER)
MARCH 15 & 16 - GREENVILLE
Join SCCEBA Executive Director Bonnie Loomis and other women working to advance clean energy and environmental sustainability in our state at the next PWER event at the Roper Mountain Science Center. There will even be a planetarium show!