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.
Progress Energy provides rebates for energy efficiency measures in new construction or retrofits, as well as Technical Assistance for feasibility/energy studies to commercial, industrial and government organizations. Incentives are based on prescriptive rebate amounts listed above or custom amounts based on annual kilowatt-hours (kWh) saved. Prescriptive rebate amounts are available on the program application forms on the Progress Energy web site listed above.
Progress Energy is working with lighting manufacturers and local retailers to offer discounted pricing on CFLs. The residential lighting program at Progress Energy's gives discounts at over 400 retail locations throughout NC and SC.
In August 2009, the South Carolina Public Service Commission issued an order mandating net metering be made available by the regulated electric utilities; the order incorporates a net metering settlement signed by the individual interveners, the Office of Regulatory Staff and the three investor-owned utilities (IOUs). The order detailed the terms of net metering, including ownership of RECs, in South Carolina and standardized the structure of net metering programs offered by the IOUs.