Climate / Energy

Editorial: If SC is running out of power, we shouldn’t be paying data centers to move here

Post and Courier April 23, 2024 BY THE EDITORIAL STAFF The proposal to eliminate South Carolina’s still-new consumer protections and greenlight a massive new natural gas plant near Canadys has generated counter calls by environmentalists and ratepayer advocates to target one of the state’s biggest emerging energy hogs: computer data centers. First former PSC Commissioner Tom […]

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SC Small Business Chamber calls for pause on new data centers that drive up energy demand

Press Release April 15, 2024 Below is a statement by Frank Knapp Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce regarding the SC Energy Security Act being considered by the SC Legislature.  Also below is other information related to the statement. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- It is clear that South Carolina will need

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SC Small Business Chamber applauds Senate Judiciary Committee amendment to energy bill

Press Release April 9, 2024 Only one anti-consumer provision remains to be removed Below is a statement of Frank Knapp Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, regarding the SC Senate Judiciary Committee actions today on House Bill 5118, SC Energy Security Act.  The Committee today met and discussed

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COMMENTARY: SC Senate speeding to do the utilities’ bidding

SC Daily Gazette April 8, 2024 No time to talk with consumer advocates By Frank Knapp Jr. This past February, the South Carolina House had its first public hearing on House Bill 5118, dubbed the SC Energy Security Act, which had been introduced only 12 day earlier. The bill called for the Legislature to authorize

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ACTION ALERT!!!! CALL/EMAIL STATE SENATORS BEFORE 4/9/24

April 7, 2024 ACTION ALERT!!!! CALL/EMAIL STATE SENATORS BEFORE 4/9/24 STOP ANTI-CONSUMER ENERGY BILL THAT WILL GUARANTEE HIGHER ELECTRIC RATES!   This week the SC Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to debate H.5118, the anti-consumer legislation masquerading as an energy security act. Here is what the bill will do: –The bill would fire the current

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Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Refuses to Allow Consumer Groups to Testify

For Immediate Release April 4, 2024 Public Hearing Reserved for Energy Providers Only Below is a statement of Frank Knapp Jr., president, CEO and co-founder of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, regarding Senate Judiciary Subcommittee public hearing today on House Bill 5118, the South Carolina Energy Security Act, which has been passed

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Opinion: Bill is the wrong path for SC to take to energy security

The State April 1, 2024 Opinion: Bill is the wrong path for SC to take to energy security By Frank Knapp Jr. The dire warning from South Carolina’s public utilities is that the state is in peril — a much bigger energy supply is needed soon to service growth in population and industry. Regardless of

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SC House advances controversial energy reform bill; fight anticipated in Senate

Post and Courier March 27, 2024 By Nick Reynolds COLUMBIA — Kicking off debate on a sweeping energy policy reform bill that lawmakers have painted as a solution to the state’s looming energy crisis, Belton Republican Rep. Jay West — one of the bill’s principal architects — talked his colleagues in the state House of Representatives through

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Press Release: Duke Rate Hike Challenged by SC Small Business Chamber

For Immediate Release March 12, 2024 Duke Rate Hike Challenged by SC Small Business Chamber Columbia, SC—Electric rates for Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) customers would increase in 2024 and 2026 resulting in 17.5% (residential) and 11.9% (general service) higher rates if approved by the SC Public Service Commission (PSC).  DEC has approximately 658,000 customers in

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SC groups protest Duke Energy request to exponentially raise rates in the Upstate

Post and Courier March 6, 2024 By Conor Hughes Consumer and business groups are protesting Duke Energy’s plans to exponentially raise power rates for Upstate customers, saying the increase is too burdensome and that South Carolina ratepayers are being asked to foot the bill for out of state expenses. The utility said the increase, delayed

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