Friday, March 15, 2013

Obama revives green energy sales pitch - The Hill's E2-Wire

By Zack Colman 03/15/13 06:00 AM ET

President Obama will revive his green energy sales pitch Friday with a proposal to divert offshore oil-and-gas revenues to fund research into alternative fuel and vehicle technologies.

COLUMBIA, SC: Report: Gov’t incentives favor nuclear over renewable energy in SC | Local News | The State

The report, released Thursday through the University of Vermont’s law school, said ratepayers in the three Southern states are being soaked for the high costs of building atomic reactors. It recommends that the nuclear reactor projects be cancelled to save money in the long run because the projects are still years from completion and will cost billions more than originally projected.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pelosi questions Keystone pipeline value - The Hill's E2-Wire

 By Mike Lillis - 03/14/13 01:38 PM E
A day after President Obama indicated that there will soon be a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the top House Democrat questioned the value of the controversial project.

Cities Weigh Taking Electricity Business From Private Utilities -


Study sees treasure for SC in nuclear trash | Local News | The State

Commissioned by boosters of the Savannah River Site, the report says the state could land nearly 1,700 jobs and generate $12 million in taxes by taking the atomic waste and reprocessing the material in the Aiken area, which has the expertise to do the work.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

S.C. back in the hunt for developing small modular reactors

By Chuck Crumbo 
Published March 13, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday that a portion of a $452 million grant is being offered to the U.S. nuclear industry to build and “certify innovative small modular nuclear reactors,” commonly referred to as SMRs.

Fund That Subsidizes Internet for Schools Should Expand, a Senator Says -

Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, a West Virginia Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said that the fund should be used to create one-gigabit connections to every school in America — a speed that is 60 to 100 times faster than most schools or homes now receive — and wireless connections in every school building.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

S.C. Con Artists Target Hispanics with Fake Overdue Utility Bills -

The customer followed the caller's directions, hurried to a nearby store and bought a $200 MoneyPak card to send money to avoid being disconnected.

But the caller was a con artist.

DukeNet expands fiber network in S.C

Charlotte-based DukeNet Communications said it has expanded its high-bandwidth, regional fiber network to include three cities in South Carolina.
Joining the 8,000 route mile fiber-optic network are Charleston, Columbia and Greenville.

In U.S., nuclear energy loses momentum amid economic head winds, safety issues

The Washington Post

By , Published: March 11

Only five years ago, industry executives and leading politicians were talking about an American nuclear renaissance, hoping to add 20 or more reactors to the 104-unit U.S. nuclear fleet.
But today those companies are holding back in the face of falling natural gas prices and sluggish and uncertain electricity demand. Only five new plants are under construction, while at least that many are slated for permanent closure or shut down indefinitely over safety issues.

Concrete slab poured at V.C. Summer nuclear power plant - Electric Light & Power

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G), principal unit of SCANA Corp. (SCG), completed on March 11, 2013, placement of the nuclear island basemat for V.C. Summer Unit 2 in Fairfield County, S.C. This is the first new construction nuclear concrete to be poured in the U.S. in three decades, according to SCE&G.

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