• A look at EPA’s Ambitious Powerplant Emissions Regulations

    A recent Inside Climate News article provides an excellent overview of the EPA’s new powerplant emissions regulations. The regulations are a “major step” towards achieving the Biden administration’s goal of 100 percent carbon free electricity by 2035. However, they rely on costly and largely unproven carbon capture and hydrogen fuel technology. According to the article,… Continue reading

  • City of Columbia Raising Water and Sewer Rates

    The State newspaper reports that the City of Columbia will increase rates for water and sewer service by 5% each year for the next five years. The City will use much of the new revenue to make improvements to its sewer system required by a consent decree with the EPA in 2013. Continue reading

  • Why We All Benefit From Good Sewer Service

    The Post and Courier reports on a study published in October warned that coastal communities in the Carolinas face growing risks from septic tank pollution triggered by climate change and rising sea levels. Leaky septic tanks are increasingly polluting our coastal waterways. The P&C reports that the number of waters designated as impaired by fecal bacteria grew… Continue reading

  • EV Charging Stations and 7-Elevens

    A recent article in Motortrend describes “fast-charging” a Ford F-150 Lightning at a 7-Eleven in California. 7-Eleven is rolling out a nationwide DC fast charging network, enticing EV customers to shop while they charge. Coincidentially, Sen. Larry Grooms is sponsoring S. 684, a bill that would require utilities to provide electric vehicle charging stations through… Continue reading

  • EPA to limit CO2 emissions of existing power plants

    According to the New York Times, the Biden administration will soon propose regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions of existing power plants. Under the new regulation, nearly all coal or gas fired power plants would be required to cut or capture nearly all of their CO2 emissions by 2040. The regulations would establish limits and… Continue reading

  • Guess which states make the cleanest power?

    The Washington Post reports the six states that make the cleanest power are Vermont, Washington, Oregon, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and South Carolina. Wait…. South Carolina? That’s right, notwithstanding the state’s lack of a fancy Clean Energy Plan, South Carolina is up there with states that are far better known for their commitment to emissions… Continue reading

  • SC PSC Opens EV Infrastructure Docket

    The Washington Post reports that the biggest challenge to the growing EV market is the lack of reliable fast charging stations. There are not enough fast charging stations, and many of the existing ones are not reliable. For example, the Post reports a study conducted by researchers at U.C. Berkley found that more than a… Continue reading

  • Proposed natural gas pipeline regulations draw public interest

    The Public Service Commission’s proposed natural gas regulations (Docket No. 2022-360-A) are drawing a lot of interest, both pro and con. The Commission has blocked of April 25th and April 26th for a public hearing and business and environmental groups are turning out the public to speak. Continue reading

  • New emissions limits designed to end gasoline powered cars

    The New York Times reports: “As early as next week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose ambitious greenhouse gas emission standards for cars that are so stringent, they’re designed to ensure that at least half the new vehicles sold in the United States are all-electric by 2030, up from just 5.8 percent today. And the… Continue reading