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Energy Efficiency Actions

Building Codes for Energy Efficiency—Commercial Programs

Status: Goes Beyond ECPA

Details: 2003 IECC with reference to ASHRAE 90.1-2001 is mandatory statewide. The State Engineer's Office and the SC Department of Education have adopted the ASHRAE 90.1 1999 as the energy code, for state buildings and schools and buildings under their jurisdiction. Can use COMcheck to show compliance.


Building Codes for Energy Efficiency—Residential Programs

Status: Goes Beyond ECPA

Details: 2003 IECC mandatory statewide. Can use REScheck to show compliance.


Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards

Status: No Activity Identified


Public Benefits Funds for Energy Efficiency

Status: No Activity Identified


State Appliance Efficiency Standards

Status: No Activity Identified

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Energy Supply Actions

Interconnection Standards—Clean Distributed Generation

Status: Completed

Details: The PSC adopted a simplified interconnection standard for small DG in December 2006. The standard addresses renewable-energy systems and other forms of DG up to 20 kW in capacity for residential systems, and up to 100 kW in capacity for non-residential systems. Notably, the standard does not include provisions for three-phase generators. The model interconnection standard (which is identical to North Carolina's standard), applies to the state's four investor-owned utilities: Progress Energy, Duke Energy, South Carolina Electric and Gas, and Lockhart Power.


Interconnection Standards—Net Metering

Status: Completed

Details: On May 13, 2008, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford signed a joint legislative resolution (H.B. 3395 / S.B. 684 / R.247) that requires the Public Service Commission (PSC) staff and the State Energy Office to draft a report for the legislature by January 1, 2009, on the establishment of net metering programs at all of the state's utilities. On October 1, 2007, South Carolina's 24 electric cooperatives announced that they would be offering a pilot program for net metering for members who wish to install their own renewable energy generation facilities, such as solar systems, in their homes. As of October 1, 2007, the Santee Cooper utility will buy excess power from customers who make electricity with solar panels and other generators to bolster its green energy offerings. Under the plan approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on August 27, 2007, the state-owned utility will pay or credit between 3.2 and 5.7 cents for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) that is fed back onto its grid. Under the utility's plan, pricing will vary based on its system wide demand.


Output-Based Environmental Regulations

Status: No Activity Identified


Public Benefit Funds for Clean Energy Supply

Status: No Activity Identified


Renewable Portfolio Standards

Status: No Activity Identified

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Power Sector

Advanced Coal Technology

Status: No Activity Identified


CO2 Offset Requirements

Status: No Activity Identified


GHG Performance Standard

Status: No Activity Identified


Power Sector GHG Cap and Trade

Status: No Activity Identified

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Reporting

GHG Registry

Status: Completed

Details: Member of The Climate Registry — a collaboration aimed at developing and managing a common GHG emissions reporting system across states, provinces, and tribes. It will provide an accurate, complete, consistent, transparent, and verified set of GHG emissions data from reporting entities, supported by a robust accounting and verification infrastructure. Members released a final General Reporting Protocol in May 2008. The Climate Registry began accepting data in June 2008.


Mandatory GHG Reporting

Status: No Activity Identified

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State Planning and Incentive Structures

Lead By Example—Clean Energy Goals for Public Facilities

Status: Proposed

Details: A bill (S 1140) introduced in the legislature on February 6, 2008, would require agencies to purchase 10% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. As of October 2008, the bill was still in the House Committee on Ways and Means.


Lead By Example—Energy Efficiency and Alternative Fuel Goals for Public Fleets

Status: No Activity Identified

Details: Executive Order 2001-35 (October 18, 2001) states that whenever practical and economically feasible, all state agencies operating alternative fuel vehicles are required to use alternative fuels in those vehicles. Considered no action because there is no specific goal.


Lead By Example—Energy Efficient Appliance and Equipment Purchase Requirements for Public Facilities

Status: No Activity Identified

Details: The South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act requires the State Energy Office to assist state agencies by identifying and compiling a list of energy efficient "goods". Before issuing any solicitation for these goods, the procuring agency is required to notify the State Energy Office which will assist in drafting or reviewing specifications and evaluating bids or offers received in response to the solicitation. Considered no action because there are no requirements to purchase energy-efficient products.


Lead By Example—Energy Efficiency in Public Facilities

Status: Completed/Further Work Proposed

Details: S 1140, passed by the Senate on April 29, 2008, would direct state agencies to reduce energy consumption 20% by 2020. The bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on April 30, 2008, where it remains as of October 2008. In June 2007, the South Carolina legislature overturned Governor Mark Sanford's veto and passed HB 3034, which mandates that new state-constructed buildings meet either the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating "Silver" standard or the Green Globes Rating System for construction. The South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act addresses state government energy conservation. The statute (South Carolina Codes Title 48.52.6) directs the State Energy Office to develop energy efficient codes/standards for state-owned and leased buildings, including public school buildings, and requires state agencies and school districts to adhere to these codes.


Climate Change Action Plan

Status: Completed

Details: The South Carolina Climate, Energy & Commerce Advisory Committee (CECAC) released its final report in July 2008. The plan proposes a voluntary, economy-wide goal for South Carolina to reduce gross GHG emissions to 5% below 1990 levels by 2020. Governor Sanford issued Executive Order 2007-04 on February 16, 2007, establishing the CECAC and directing it to consider the possible impacts of climate change on South Carolina and recommend strategies for addressing it.


GHG Inventory

Status: No Activity Identified


Regional Initiatives

Status: No Activity Identified


State Advisory Board

Status: Completed

Details: In February 2007, Governor Mark Sanford issued Executive Order 2007-04, establishing the Governor's Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee. The Committee released its Climate Action Plan on August 7, 2008.


State and Regional Energy Planning

Status: Completed

Details: South Carolina's plan has six focus areas: Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Facilities, Transportation Conservation and Diversification, Energy Information and Awareness, Renewable Energy and Utilities, Radioactive Waste Disposal Program, and an Innovative and Supportive Work Environment. The 2006-2007 plan is focused on assisting the public sector (schools and universities, state agencies, local governments) manage their energy use and conduct business in a more energy-efficient way. The improvements to the public sector are meant to serve as a guide to future policy, on a wider scale.

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Targets and Caps

Lead by Example Target

Status: No Activity Identified


Statewide GHG Cap

Status: No Activity Identified


Statewide GHG Target

Status: No Activity Identified

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Transportation Sector

GHG Auto Standards

Status: No Activity Identified


Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Status: No Activity Identified

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