Monday, October 27, 2014

How utilities can streamline rooftop solar interconnection and cut costs | Utility Dive

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The SEPA survey was performed as part of a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative award that also funded the development of a new online platform for interconnection application processing by Clean Power Research (CPR)
PowerClerk Interconnection (PC-Interconnect) was developed by CPR out of its widely used PowerClerk Incentives (PC-Incent) online tool. PC-Incent was developed eight years ago for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). It automated the processing of applications for state incentives. It has been used by 22 utilities and agencies to process over 280,000 applications representing more than 6 gigawatts of renewables capacity.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

USDA Efficiency Program Kicks Off with 2 Co-ops | Electric Co-op Today

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff WriterPublished: October 23rd, 2014
It’s been two years in the making, and now a pair of electric cooperatives has kicked off a federal program designed to help rural residents save energy and reduce their electric bills.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How Miraculous is the Amish Fireplace?

"Whether a space heater costs $40.00 or $300.00, 1500 watts cannot magically be converted into more BTU. The maximum amount of heat energy is 1500 watts and it cannot produce more than that," Dr. Doyle said.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Randy Mitchell Obituary: The State

Mitchell SALUDA - Mr. Randy Mitchell, 64, of Saluda, passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from injuries incurred during an accident on his family farm.
Born September 16, 1950, he was the son of Rudolph Mitchell and the late Lenora Werts Mitchell. Randy is survived by his wife of 36 years, Wanda Joyner Mitchell; four children whom he adored Amy Lenora M. Harper (Brandon) of
Richland, Washington; Jason Rudolph Mitchell (Cory) of Simpsonville; Lauren Elizabeth Mitchell and Jeremy Randolph Mitchell both of Saluda; father Rudolph Mitchell (Faye), sister Molly Mitchell Spearman (Bill) of Saluda; grandchildren Ava Grace and Layla Rae Harper; and Whitney Marie Mitchell; a host of family members and friends who loved him dearly and appreciated the way he was always ready to help them. Randy graduated from Hollywood High School in 1968 and his best memories were his days on the basketball court with his team. That love of basketball continued throughout his days at Spartanburg Methodist College and Lander College, where he graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education. He instilled a love of basketball with his children by volunteering to coach their youth teams and cheering them on in every game. He loved working on the rolling hills of his family farm in Saluda County where he built a prize winning herd of Guernsey Cattle, a producer of Louis Rich turkeys, and a large herd of Black Angus Beef Cattle. Always giving back to the community, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Saluda County Council 1981 87, Saluda County Probate Judge 1987 98, and was elected to the South Carolina Public Service Commission from July 1998 until his retirement 2013. During his tenure on the PSC, he served as Chairman 2004-06 and was selected to the Universal Services Administrative Company Board of Directors and the Federal State Joint Board on Universal Service. In his community he served as President of the Hollywood Ruritan Club and enjoyed the monthly supper meetings and annual machinery sale. He was a lifelong member of Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church. Randy loved to laugh, to enjoy the peaceful countryside, to ride through the fields of Saluda County, to talk politics, but most of all, to be with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held at Ramey Funeral Home, 202 N. Rudolph St, Saluda on Wednesday, October 8 from 6-8 p.m. Services will be held at Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church,340 Hickory Grove Road, Saluda on Thursday, October 9 at 11 a.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hickory Grove Church, or to the Hollywood Ruritan Club, 2563 Denny Hwy., Saluda, SC 29138. Memories and condolences may be shared
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

White House unveils new solar, energy efficiency steps

Wendy Koch, USA TODAY8:58 a.m. EDT September 18, 2014
It announced $68 million in federal funds for 540 renewable power and energy efficiency projects in rural areas, including 240 solar ones. It said it's proposing stricter rules for commercial air conditioners that could save more energy than any prior standard and it's partnering with military bases to launch a veterans' solar job training program.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bob Guild Honored for Environmental Advocacy

Bob Guild received the Harriet Keyserling Advocacy Award from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina at its annual Green Tie Luncheon Today.

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