South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) provides energy efficiency incentives to home owners in its service territory. The program partners with the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program to offer a home energy audit and energy saving home solutions through participating contractors. Homeowners who make energy-efficient improvements through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program can save up to $2,500 for eligible improvements.
South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) provides EnergyWise efficiency incentives to any non-residential customers in its service territory which have not opted out of the DSM programs by notifying SCE&G in writing through the Opt-Out form. Incentives cover retrofits, installing high-efficiency equipment during new construction, and replacing old or broken equipment such as high-efficiency lighting, LED traffic signals, HVAC systems and variable frequency drives on HVAC systems. Commercial food service equipment is also eligible for incentives under the program.
Through the SmartChoice program, Rock Hill Utilities offers rebates for water heater and heat pump replacements. Information on financing for heat pumps can also be found on the web site listed above. If both the water heater and heat pump are purchased then the customer may qualify for the Great Rate program. The Great Rate program will add a 25% discount to a customer heating bill during winter months. To qualify for the Great Rate program, the water heater must be equipped with a Smart Switch. This controls the flow of electricity to the heater during peak periods of demand.
The Catawba/Wateree and Yadkin/Pee Dee River Basins Advisory Commissions are permanent public bodies jointly established by North and South Carolina. The commissions are responsible for assessing water quality via studies based on existing data from other agencies in the river basins and providing guidance and recommendations to local, state, regional, and federal governmental and administrative bodies regarding environmental stewardship and appropriate use and development of the river basins.
This entry lists the states with Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies that accept generation located in South Carolina as eligible sources towards their RPS targets or goals. For specific information with regard to eligible technologies or other restrictions which may vary by state, see the RPS policy entries for the individual states, shown below in the Authority listings. Typically energy must be delivered to an in-state utility or Load Serving Entity, and often only a portion of compliance targets may be met by out-of-state generation.
Progress Energy's residential new construction program provides cash incentives of up to $4,000 to builders and developers who build new energy-efficient homes and multi-family residences that meet program requirements specified on the program web site. Equipment rebates are available for heat pump water haeters and high efficiency HVAC equipment. Separately, builders can receive rebates for new homes built to meet or exceed the High Efficiency Residential Option (HERO) code, which is an optional part of North Carolina's 2012 Energy Conservation Code.
Progress Energy provides incentives for residential customers to increase home energy efficiency. Rebates are provided for certain heating and cooling products, duct sealing and repairs, air sealing and upgraded insulation.. To qualify, the equipment must meet the efficiency requirements outlined on the program web site and the home must be at least one year old. Customers also must use a contractor approved by Progress Energy to participate in the program.
Progress Energy Carolinas (PEC) offers an incentive to residential customers for improving the energy efficiency of homes. To qualify, the home must meet the standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star-labeled home program and be verified by a registered third party. The verification cost generally is in the range of $500 - $800 and is also affected by the size of the home and travel time. Customers with eligible houses will receive a 5% discount on monthly electric bills from Progress Energy. Contact PEC for more information on this incentive program.