Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DHEC Public Meeting on Proposed Clean Air Rules

The SC Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC) will host a public hearing this Thursday on new federal rules targeted at cutting carbon pollution. South Carolina has already reduced its carbon pollutionsubstantially over the past decade with the retirement of older coal plants and increased use of natural gas. These new rules are expected to result in increased energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment in the state.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Germany is #1 in the World for Energy Efficiency

July 21st, 2014 by  
Germany is #1 in the World for Energy Efficiency, according to the 2014 scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today. Sixteen nations were studied. Six of the top 10 were from Europe. Canada was the only North American nation to make the cut, placing 9th.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Charleston police plan to sting UberX drivers, Uber says it will pay fines | Region | The State

The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.July 21, 2014
However, the city's strategy of penalizng UberX drivers may be futile. Taylor Bennett, a spokesman for Uber, said the company will pay for all the fines that its drivers in Charleston are issued by law enforcement officers, even if the drivers are cited more than once for the same violation.
That may not be an empty promise. The San Francisco-based technology company is backed by Google Ventures, which recently estimated that the company is worth more than $200 billion, according to Bloomberg.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Uber Launches in Columbia, But State Agency Says It’s Illegal -

By Eva Moore
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ball isn’t the only one concerned, though. In June, the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff asked for a formal hearing by the state Public Service Commission regarding Uber to determine how it should be regulated under state law. The commission has scheduled that hearing for Aug. 26. 
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In Net-Neutrality Push, Democrats Aim to Make the Internet a Utility -

July 14, 2014
Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, collected signatures for a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet like the telephone system.
Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Al Franken of Minnesota, as well as independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have signed on, aides confirmed. The lawmakers have planned a Tuesday morning press conference with Internet advocacy groups. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Former prosecutor takes over as Public Service chairwoman

Nikki Hall, a former Richland County magistrate, has been sworn in as chairwoman of the S.C. Public Service Commission.
Hall, of Columbia, is an attorney who began her career clerking for the Circuit Judge Casey Manning. She also served as a prosecutor in the 5th Judicial Circuit.
A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Hall earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

US Energy Firms Report Cyber Attacks

On  by Thomas Brewster 
The so-called “Dragonfly” hackers, also known as Energetic Bear, largely went after businesses in the US, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Poland. They managed to compromise industrial control systems (ICS) used to control sections of power plants

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