Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sen. Kerry Urges FCC Democrats to Back Net Neutrality Plan —

December 10, 2010

Kenneth Corbin

"But Kerry, who has spoken out in favor of reclassification, a policy championed by Commissioner Copps, urged the commissioners to be pragmatic in deciding whether to support Genachowski's proposal, arguing that the baseline protections against content discrimination would be an improvement over the agency's current absence of any clear authority."

Briefing: Grads’ job prospects improve - Business -

"On Thursday, economists at the Darla Moore School of Business reported a continued slow recovery and a job growth of 1.2 percent, up from 0.1 percent growth in 2010. Halasz said hiring is evident in various sectors, particularly in the energy industry. Graduates can expect to see more hiring in the areas of power generation and transmission, including the nuclear industry, Halasz said, at companies such as Duke Energy, Progress Energy and SCANA."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Energy audit could save money from going out the window - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

"Santee Cooper representatives say regularly checking your home's heating and cooling equipment is the best way to make sure the systems are running efficiently. The company will even send an energy expert to your home, free of charge, to make sure everything is running smoothly."

Fred Upton wins House energy gavel - Darren Samuelsohn -


Overcoming concerns that he's too moderate for the job, Rep. Fred Upton emerged Tuesday as the winner of a bitter internal Republican battle to lead the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Michigan Republican won the steering panel nod with critical support from Rep. John Boehner and a collection of senior and rank-and-file GOP lawmakers closely allied with the incoming House speaker.
The full GOP caucus must now ratify Upton’s selection Wednesday, but that is expected to be a formality as former Energy and Commerce Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) told POLITICO he will not challenge the steering committee’s decision.

Kerry and Lieberman eye revival of 'huge energy debate' after cap-and-trade fail - The Hill's E2-Wire

By Andrew Restuccia - 12/08/10 02:00 PM ET
“A lot of us — and the Democrats are trying to involve some Republicans — really want to do an energy bill,” he said. “Energy independence will be a cornerstone of that.”
Lieberman also said he will “focus” on nuclear energy as a key component of the bill. Many Republicans, much to the chagrin of environmentalists and liberal Democrats, have said nuclear energy must be a major part of any energy bill."

Ford Starts Shipments of Electric Vans -

"The Ford Motor Company said on Tuesday that it had started shipping a battery-powered version of a delivery van, the Transit Connect Electric, to a handful of business customers.

The Transit Connect is Ford’s first electric vehicle, coming to market about a year before it plans to challenge the Leaf and the Volt with a battery-powered car, the Focus Electric. The first electric vans are being delivered to several companies that agreed to be early users, including AT&T, the Canada Post, the New York Power Authority and Southern California Edison."

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Free Internet a Civil Right for Every Na...

By now, you may have heard about FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn's recent speech in which she said that "every nappy headed child deserves not only to be connected, but to be proud of who he or she is".  The context of these comments is important, however.  See the video and decide for yourself.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Feds say S.C. utility company was lax in fixing nuclear safety equipment - Environment -

By Sammy Fretwell
"Company officials say Progress did not try to mislead federal regulators and company workers attempted to fix problems discovered in a generator during the fall of 2008. The problems have now been resolved, said Andy Cole, a spokesman for Progress.

But missteps cited by the NRC put Progress on a short list for federal action if the company suffers more troubles. For now, the NRC won't fine Progress, but the agency may increase inspections of the 40-year-old plant near Hartsville in eastern South Carolina."

Dangerous cold to linger in Midlands - Newsletters -

"With temperatures plunging, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., the dominant utility provider in the state, said it was aware of the hardships presented by having no heat, and said it works with its customers in an effort to avoid service terminations.
When a customer does not pay his or her utility bill, a number of steps are taken to address the situation, the company said.
Customers are given multiple opportunities to pay a “past due” bill before service is disconnected, according to SCE&G spokesman Eric Boombower.
Service disconnects – especially those that coincide with inclement weather – are handled on a case-by-case basis, he said, and include a consideration of immediate weather forecasts and a review of the customer’s payment history.
“The last step – and the least desirable – is to disconnect that customer’s service,” Boombower said.
SCE&G said it does not disconnect services to customers if temperatures are forecast to average 32 degrees or below over an ensuing 48-hour period."

Happy Birthday, PSC!

The Public Service Commission, constituted in 1910, will celebrate its 100th birthday today at a reception following its regularly scheduled meeting at 2:30 pm.

The Public Service Commission was preceded by the South Carolina Railroad Commission, which was established in 1878. Upon the complete appointment of the Railroad Commission in 1883, the Charleston News reported that "the railroad companies have nothing whatever to fear, if the rates which they charge are fair and reasonable, and if their business is conducted with a proper regard for the public interest as well as for the profit of the companies."  

The Railroad Commission was combined with the Public Service Commission in 1922.

Pact could be near to save tropical forests

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 7, 2010; 10:42 P

"If all goes according to plan, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will establish a global mechanism allowing developing nations to receive financial compensation for curbing deforestation, which accounts for roughly 15 percent of the world's annual greenhouse gas emissions."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

FCC push to regulate news draws fire - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

By Sara Jerome - 12/06/10 02:33 PM ET
"Barton was reacting to a proposal made last week by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who in a speech suggested that broadcasters be subject to a new 'public values test' every four years.

'I hope … that you do not mean to suggest that it is the job of the federal government, through the [FCC], to determine the content that is available for Americans to consume,” Barton wrote Monday in a letter to Copps.

Copps had suggested that the test would make a broadcaster's license renewal contingent upon proof that they meet a prospective set of federal criteria.

He said outlets should be mandated to do the following: prove they have made a meaningful commitment to public affairs and news programming, prove they are committed to diversity programming (for instance, by showing that they depict women and minorities), report more to the government about which shows they plan to air, require greater disclosure about who funds political ads and devote 25 percent of their prime-time coverage to local news."

Potential fuel source no small potatoes - Business -

- The (Charleston) Post and Courier

Instead, Ryan-Bohac, a Johns Island researcher and entrepreneur, hopes these potatoes will help answer one of the United States’ most vexing economic and national security issues: its deep dependence on foreign oil."

Sunday, December 5, 2010

USDA Blog USDA, Co-ops Play Role in Helping Rural Residents Cut Electricity Costs

"As part of the “Recovery Through Retrofit” initiative, DOE and USDA turned to electric cooperatives—in Indiana, South Carolina, Virginia and Texas—to test the new Home Energy Score software in pilot programs. Cleburne, Texas-based United Cooperative Services, one of the pilot participants, will use the tool to enhance an energy audit program in place for five years."

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