April 2008 - The three large investor-owned utilities in South Carolina—South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), Duke Energy Carolinas, and Progress Energy Carolinas—will be notifying their collective 1.3 million customers of a new green power option this month. Under the new program, administered by the nonprofit Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE), customers of these three utilities can purchase renewable energy in 100-kWh blocks for a contribution of 4¢/kWh, or $4 per block. The purchases are tax-deductible. The utilities will pass the revenue on to Palmetto Clean Energy, which is being funded with a $10,000 grant from the South Carolina Energy Office and $30,000 in donations from the three utilities. To supply the program, PaCE will procure renewable energy from wind, solar, and landfill-gas-to-energy facilities in the region. The program is modeled after NC Greenpower, a similar statewide effort launched by multiple utilities in North Carolina in 2003.
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South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff Contact: C. Dukes Scott, (803) 737-0805
September 2007 - The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) announced a new green power option for customers of the state's three largest investor-owned utilities—Duke Energy Carolinas, Progress Energy Carolinas, and SCE&G. Under the Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) program, customers will be able to purchase renewable energy for their electricity needs in 100 kWh increments each month, starting in January of next year. The price of the green power has yet to be determined, but ORS staff estimate that it will cost consumers about $40 to $50 each month to purchase renewable energy for all of their electricity needs. To supply the program, PaCE will procure power from renewable energy sources in the Southeast such as solar, wind, or biomass. The program is modeled after the NCGreenPower program in neighboring North Carolina and will be managed by a nonprofit group established by the state. Collectively, the three participating utilities serve about 1.3 million consumers in South Carolina.
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