SCCEBA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grants could position I-95 Corridor as hub for aviation, maritime and on-road biodiesel production.

Grants kick off with biofuel production stakeholder meetings in Walterboro and Manning.

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA) will host two meetings next week as part of a USDA Office of Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant designed to connect economic development officials in Colleton and Clarendon Counties with industrial biofuel companies.

The first meeting will be held Wednesday, September 17th at the offices of the Colleton County Economic Alliance and will feature two algae biofuel production companies. On Thursday, September 18th, two cellulosic biofuel companies will meet with representatives from the Clarendon County Development Board. These meetings are open to observers, but space is extremely limited. If you are interested in participating as an observer in these meetings, please contact Andrew Epting at andrew@scceba.biz no later than Monday, September 15th by 5:00pm EST.

Clarendon County Development Board Executive Director, John Truluck said, "Clarendon County has numerous advantages for many different manufacturing sectors.  Our hope is this grant will help us identify those advantages and promote them to companies in the biofuels sector."

SCCEBA, and a host of other partners including the SC Department of Commerce and SCRA, will facilitate a dialogue geared towards understanding what South Carolina, and specifically the I-95 Corridor, can do to recruit and secure capital investment from commercial scale biofuel production companies.

Additionally, SCCEBA will host a biofuels customer stakeholder meeting on October 10th at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, S.C. This meeting will gauge the level of demand for biofuels for aviation, maritime and on-road customers.

“South Carolina is an ideal place for biofuel production. We'd like to see the day come where planes are flying out of Charleston International Airport using fuel produced and refined less than 100 miles away – that will really benefit the economy of the I-95 Corridor in South Carolina” said Andrew Epting, program manager at SCCEBA and grant manager for the two Rural Business Enterprise Grants.

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2014 SC Clean Energy Jobs Census is in the Books

173 South Carolina clean energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation firms responded to the third annual census.

SCCEBA would like to thank the 173 companies who took the time to participate in the 2014 SC Clean Energy Jobs Census. Their participation in providing accurate employment, economic and policy information will greatly help South Carolina to continue to measure the growth of the clean energy industry.

The 2014 SC Clean Energy Census is the third census undertaken by SCCEBA and the results have historically yielded positive growth in the industry. In 2014, the four-state committee of census participants decided to revise the methodology of the census questionnaire which would yield a consistent employment number across the four states, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. This revision of methodology may provide a number which is lower than figures presented in year’s past, but may not necessarily represent a contraction of the clean energy industry. SCCEBA will work with the NC Sustainable Energy Association on analyzing the information beginning in late October.

For more information about the Annual Clean Energy Jobs Census, please contact Andrew Epting at andrew@scceba.biz

2014 SC Clean Energy Summit Draws the Clean Energy Community Together

For the third year, the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance hosted its annual SC Clean Energy Summit in Columbia, S.C. Over 240 people attended the event which boasted seven sessions on topics ranging from wind energy development off the Grand Strand to Clean Energy Economic Development along the I-95 corridor of South Carolina.

The Summit also featured two power packed sessions, the first featured Sec. Bobby Hitt of the S.C. Department of Commerce who spoke about the changing trends in economic development and how companies looking to invest in S.C. are looking for energy efficient buildings, access to clean energy and a workforce who can deliver on those requests.


The second featured session was titled "Achieving Compromise to Expand Clean Energy in South Carolina". Six representatives from the state's utility, conservation and regulatory organizations participated in a 45 minute discussion centered on the recently passed landmark solar energy legislation in South Carolina.


"The theme the panel kept focusing on was that this solar legislation was the product of compromise, collaboration and partnership," said Grant Reeves of The InterTech Group who moderated the panel. "Because of this achievement, South Carolina is now listed near the top of every solar developer's map of emerging markets" he added.


"The Summit provided the opportunity for the clean energy industry in South Carolina to come together, share ideas and chart a course towards continued development and job creation," said Jim Poch, SCCEBA executive director. "We would like to thank all of our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who registered from across the Southeast. Our success would not be possible without everyone's involvement."


Stay tuned for information about the 2015 SC Clean Energy Summit.

It’s time to fill out the Southeastern Clean Energy Jobs Census

On Friday, July 18, 2014 SCCEBA will open the 2014 Southeastern Clean Energy Jobs Census to all South Carolina clean energy companies. All companies in SCCEBA's database will be emailed their unique census questionnaire log in credentials allowing them to access the census and complete it online. The Census will close Friday, August 29, 2014.

"SCCEBA has partnered with organizations in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia to conduct the largest clean energy and energy efficiency census of its kind in the United States," said Andrew Epting, SCCEBA program manager. "The Census is the best resource we have in measuring the expansion of the clean energy supply chain in South Carolina and the Southeast."


Dr. Joey Von Nessen of the University of South Carolina, who conducted the economic analysis for the 2011 and 2013 SC Clean Energy Jobs Census, reported 161 companies in South Carolina responded to the 2013 Clean Energy Jobs Census. The 2013 Census reported a 3.6% growth in the clean energy industry in South Carolina which was fueled largely by energy efficiency, building sciences and solar energy developers and consultants.


For more information about the 2013 SC Clean Energy Jobs Census, please click here to view Dr. Von Nessen's presentation delivered at the 2014 SC Clean Energy Summit on July 9, 2014 in Columbia, S.C.http://scceba.biz/files/dmfile/4EconomicDevelopment_Master_Presentation.pdf

VELUX to develop next-gen window and skylight coatings for energy conservation

SCCEBA is proud to recognize VELUX Design and Development USA for its partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a U.S. Department of Energy grant program. This private/public partnership will seek to improve efficiency of existing technologies by incorporating new, innovative materials or components. Specifically, the project involves a transparent window glaze that insulates without distorting or hazing the images, with applications to skylights and windows.

"VELUX embodies everything SCCEBA is trying to develop in South Carolina", said Jim Poch, SCCEBA Executive Director. "They manufacture windows for the international market and will be developing technology which will allow those windows and skylights to conserve energy, all from their plant in Greenwood" he added.


Click here for more information about this project.

SC Biomass Companies Participate in USDA BCAP Program

SCCEBA would like to recognize EDF Renewable Energy's Pinelands facilities in Dorchester and Allendale Counties and Orangeburg-based Council Energy for participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)

"BCAP is an essential program which will continue the growth of the biomass industry in South Carolina and across the United States" said Jim Poch, executive director of SCCEBA. "Companies such as EDF Renewable Energy and Council Energy are great assets to the counties in the I-95 Corridor of South Carolina. I hold the belief the I-95 Corridor could be a significant biomass and biofuel production hub and employer" he added.

A US Department of Agriculture new release stated, "Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation. Some BCAP payments will target the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands for renewable energy, which reduces the risk of forest fire."

Local Business Midlands Biofuels Garners Global Attention

SCCEBA would like to congratulate Midlands Biofuels for being featured on the July 2014 cover of Biodiesel Magazine. The industry magazine reaches over 7,500 readers in 41 countries. Midlands Biofuels' has been producing biodiesel in Winnsboro, SC since August 2008.

"Joe Renwick brings enthusiasm and creativity to biodiesel production" said Jim Poch, executive director of SCCEBA. "From Southern Fried Fuel to the Pink Hats, I am always eager to see what Joe is cooking up next" he added.


Joe Renwick is a member of the SCCEBA Business Advisory Board since SCCEBA's founding in 2011.

Click here to read the full article at BiodieselMagazine.com