Thank you, nofaith, I stand corrected - as I so often am ;)
Not discounting the fact that SCE&G gets all kinds of special privileges because of their lobbying power but they are not state owned. They are a state regulated utility with monopoly perks. Santee Cooper, however, is state owned and gets pretty much the same oversight and treatment.
South Carolina's political position on Solar Power is disgraceful. Unfortunately, SCE$G is a STATE OWNED utility and the backwoods legislators in Columbia - who are slow to adopt anything progressive - have been particularly reluctant to embrace solar power - even passing legislation that hampers it's development and implementation. If SC$G didn't get such special treatment from it's partners in government, it might not be viable either. How do you think it got the green flag to charge us in advance for two new nuclear plants and historically gets every rate increase it asks for?? And recent reports in the Post & Courier have exposed that they aren't even charging us a set rate for the kilowatt hrs of electricity we use - instead, they are charging us based on the amount of energy THEY think we SHOULD be using! People who have gone to the expense of "energy-proofing" their homes have been paying the same or more than before because SCE$G is just charging whatever they want. They have a monopoly and the only people in a position to stop their abuse are in on it with them. We are screwed.
Solar Energy has the potential to be as important to the US and world economy as the US advancements in steel production were 100 years ago. Andrew Carnegie didn't invent steel, but he developed a way to make it more efficient and cheaper. His "innovation" was scale, not anything technical. If Henry Ford had waited until he had an internal combustion engine that got 20 miles to the gallon, he would have died a pauper and we may never have become a leader in that industry either. Production and manufacturing fuel innovation and advancements in almost every product or industry. Prices come down and efficiency goes up. Columbia should be ashamed for not only not supporting something with the potential of solar power, but for standing in its way. They should to get their heads out of the cotton fields and into the clouds and do everything they can to support tech industries like SolBright. This state and this country are banking on their success.
There went your shot at guest editor.
Unethicial. Hypocritical. Kinda reminds you of the CCP.
The state of SC will not ALLOW more than 4 solar panels to be installed regardless of quantity use expected. Boeing and other companies that have done so have had to go through a tremendous amount if red tape. So not only is SC not incentivizing Solar power, it discourages it. SCE&G continues to request rate increases even after record profits. It's all about who you have in your pocket.
The current payback for residential solar in SC is 9yrs. Commercial solar is less than that, most facility managers have to have a payback of less than four years to make an investment, solar can achieve that in many states. Investment tax credits are available for a wide array of industries such as utilities who use conventional generation,a level playing field would make solar competitive with fossil fuels. Solar won't replace base load but it sure can support it, at reasonable prices.
So what are Georgia and North Carolina doing differently? If the business is flourishing because of tax breaks they are giving just for solar energy then it isn't really competitive or flourishing. I would love to switch my house to solar but the payback on the initial investment at this point is around 30 years (as of about a year and a half ago and including tax breaks) so it really isn't worth it yet.
I am not well versed in it but my understanding is there are a bunch more larger facilities that would go with at least some solar if they were not forced to purchase equipment made in the US which tend to be more expensive and less efficient.
Solar is a really good idea, especially in this state where we get an overabundance of sun but in terms of economics it doesn't seem viable at this point. Maybe with the advent of low energy LED home and office lighting it will come around faster.
Very well said, truthrus.
SAD THOUGHT, there are just as many who will NOT vote for her as there are that WILL based solely on her sexuality with no consideration for qualifications. What does that say about both agendas?! It says that both sides are bigotted in their own way and not willing or able to think or acted objectively.
All I can add is that she looks very relaxed and comfortable in the picture with the article. She should maybe practice folding her arms.
Why do they need that much money to....
Oh, that's right. Non-profits are big business now.
It would be an excellent idea for an event. January is obviously our lowest month for tourism.
All sources for Private funding should be exhausted before anymore of our funds are used. I bet a long term major sponsor could be found. With such worthy causes, I'm sure some serious Private funding can be found.
What company would not want their name alongside the Medal of Honor, or support wounded warriors?
..and you thought only the right was going to keep pushin this issue ?
artrogue blather hides & obscures the truth about Libya & theocrat Graham is also unwilling to expose Billary and Obusha to war crimes investigation murdering 50 thousand Libyans for oil. 116 USA sub launched cruise missiles into Libya combined with bribing Al-Qaeda to invade Libya with the weapons Al-Qaeda murdered our Ambassador & 3 heroic SEALS just a year after the illegal oil heist from the popular Ghaddaffi with over 70% of his people who all were paid triple royalties every Alaskan gets yearly
Reeves often scored double digit voting where he was known. Kiawah Island is one such place where a 2% tally is not likely from white racist Rethuglican voters who dominate that pct
Nimrata Haley was pre-selected by programmed cyber voting computers deposing Governor Sheheen by switching votes for a Senator to a hapless Green Party candidate. I'm an eyewitness to those precincts where Rev DR Reeves was known & did campaign. Every pct uniformly across the state falsely recorded Green Party votes despite heavy censorship by duopolist news venues. The same result of 2014 somehow will enshrine a woman who betrays her harmonious name to Nikk the blood out of the many for the profits & bigotry of the few 843-926-1750 @Families4reeves in exile
All Americans, regardless of party, should be concerned why the White House continues to block the surviors from testifying.
I have to applaud Senator Graham on his steadfastness in the search for the truth.
If he succeeds, we might finally find out what happened September 11, 2012. But if Senator Graham's effort fails, it’s doubtful those Benghazi survivors will ever testify and the scandal will forever be shrouded in mystery.
But the issue begs two questions.
First, why do the survivors and others involved need White House permission to testify?
Second, why does the White House still stubbornly insist that they keep mum?
If Senator Graham's effort fails, it’s doubtful those Benghazi survivors will ever testify and the scandal will forever be shrouded in mystery.
Most of the eye-witnesses are former military special forces turned government contractors. They need to stay on the right side of the administration if they want to work.
If they defy the White House and testify, the administration is unlikely to hire them again. Even if they testify in secret and behind closed doors, their names could be leaked and their covers blown, making them unemployable in a business where anonymity is a prerequisite.
Yet, at this point, what can the survivors possibly say that hasn’t already been said? Everyone knows that
- the Benghazi consulate lacked adequate security
- the administration failed to launch a rescue mission while the attack was ongoing, and - the Benghazi terrorists responsible have not been brought to justice.
If the survivors testify and confirm what we already suspect -- that Benghazi is a story of White House incompetence, human tragedy, and American heroism, it won’t make much news.
So what is the White House so worried about?
Maybe their real concern isn’t about the events of September 11 at all but having to explain what our guys were doing in Benghazi in the first place?
That question that has never been answered.
For months there have been unconfirmed reports circulating in the shadows that Benghazi was an off the books, gun-running operation, like Iran-Contra in the Reagan years.
There are rumors it was a secret program to take weapons out of the hands of Libyan rebels and put them into the hands of Syrian rebels.
Clearly, the Benghazi “consulate” wasn’t a regular consulate that issues visas and tracks down lost luggage.
But what was it?
And why was it crawling with special ops contractors?
What was their mission?
According to unconfirmed reports, U.S. contractors were there to find loose weapons the U.S. had supplied to rebel forces during the Libyan war, and unsecured weapons from Qaddafi's stockpiles.
According to these reports, the American contractors paid to get the weapons back and off the streets, similar to the gun buy-back programs used in some American cities. What would then happen to those weapons is anyone’s guess – maybe they were destroyed, maybe they were sent back to the US, maybe they were funneled to Syrian rebels.
These rumors could be just conspiracy theories and speculation...
...... But something is making the White House nervous about having the Benghazi survivors testify.
In a week where the ObamaCare meltdown still dominates the headlines, it’s hard to imagine there is anything worse for the administration.
Or ... is there?
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