Climate / Energy

Why SC might reject Duke Energy utility merger combination if it impacts ratepayers there

Charlotte Business Journal November 11, 2022 By John Downey North Carolina is behind the push to merge Duke Energy Corp.’s Carolinas utilities. But South Carolina regulators would have to approve the merger also, and that state will likely present the most obstacles. Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress each…

Health insurance, electric rate hikes and Santee Cooper covered in WRNN interview

November 10, 2022 Dave Priest and Joe Catenacci interviewed SC Small Business Chamber president/CEO Frank Knapp on WRNN’s (Myrtle Beach) “The Hot Talk Morning Show”. Three important issues were discussed: –The federal Health Insurance Marketplace for small business owners and employees to get affordable, quality health plans. –Duke Energy Progress’s…

Record energy company profits during inflationary period deserve scrutiny as high gas prices harm small business profitability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Janel Knight Trulear janel@emccommunications.com (617) 875-6581 Small Business Group: Record energy company profits during inflationary period deserve scrutiny as high gas prices harm small business profitability Statement by Small Business for America’s Future Senior Advisor Rhett Buttle on possibility that President Biden may advocate for…

Let the SC Public Service Commission Hear Your Voice on Proposed Electric Rate Hike

October 15, 2022 Duke Energy Progress wants to raise electric rates 12.1% for small businesses (14.7% for residential) There will be evening hearings in Bishopville, Sumter, and Florence in December to let consumers tell the S.C. Public Service Commission what they think about Duke Energy Progress’s proposed electric rate hike.…

Duke Progress Energy Asks for 12.1% Rate Hike on Small Businesses

Press Release September 26, 2022 SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce petitions PSC to intervene Columbia, SC—Earlier this month Duke Energy Progress filed for an electric rate hike of 14.7% (residential), 12.1% (small general service), 8.2% (medium general service), and 6.2% (large general service). The South Carolina Small Business Chamber…

Small businesses hit as climate change floods Charleston’s historic district

ABC4 News Charleston, SC August 26, 2022 by John Upton (Climate Central), Sonya Stevens (ABC 4) and Charistin Clark (ABC 4) This story was produced through a collaboration between ABC News 4 Charleston and Climate Central, a nonadvocacy science and news organization. Alanna Elder (Climate Central) and Kelly Van Baalen…