Saturday, March 1, 2014

FCC Cancels Newsroom Survey - Washington Wire - WSJ

 By Gautham Nagesh

Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn defended
the study in a speech at the Media Institute this week, saying it was
intended to inform the Commission’s regulations, not dictate what issues
should be covered.

“As a person who spent 14 years running a small weekly newspaper in
Charleston, S.C., I would never be a part of any effort to chill speech,
shape the news or influence news gatherers,” Ms. Clyburn said. “I am
about facilitating ownership and opportunities and making sound
decisions about our most critical industries based on solid research and
not rhetoric. Period.

COLUMBIA, SC: Duke Energy could avoid coal ash lawsuit if SC bill passes | Business | The State

sfretwell@thestate.comFebruary 28, 2014 Updated 6 hours ago
Under pressure from South Carolina’s influential business lobby, the Legislature agreed in 2012 to limit citizens lawsuits under SouthCarolina’s pollution statute. But lawmakers left what many say is a
gaping loophole in the 2012 law that they are now trying to close with a bill to protect businesses from citizen suits. The 2012 law still allows citizens to sue for pollution that occurred before the law passed in June of that year.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Senators revive energy-efficiency bill with new co-sponsors |

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The bill itself is fairly tame, and has the backing of industry, business, labor and environmental groups. It would direct the federal government to reduce energy costs, establish voluntary efficiency codes for new buildings, enhance workforce efficiency training and create incentives for manufacturers to make efficiency upgrades. All told, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy predicts it would save $16.2 billion and create 192,000 jobs by 2030.

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to be Part of RUS Efficiency Loan Program | Electric Co-op Today

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff WriterPublished: February 23rd, 2014

Activities covered under the program include giving co-ops the opportunity to act as intermediaries, using loans from RUS, to relend to members for energy efficiency, small distributed generation, energy audits and small renewable systems. Initially, $250 million in funding is available.

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