'''''Note: For a limited time, generators of 6 kilowatts or less of renewable energy can now take advantage of a premium $0.10 per kilowatt hour. This premium is available on a first-come-first-serve basis to generators of solar, wind, hydro or biomass-based electricity.'''''
This legislation prohibits the waste of oil or gas and the pollution of water, air, or land. The Department of Health and Environmental Control is authorized to implement regulations designed to prevent the waste of oil and gas, promote environmental stewardship, and regulate the exploration, extraction, and production of oil and gas resources. Permits are required for exploration and production, and all provisions for exploration and production of oil and gas also apply to geothermal resources to the extent possible.
The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for investigating and collecting information on nongame wildlife related to population, distribution, habitat, needs, limiting factors, and other biological and ecological data in order to issue regulations and implement management programs to protect wildlife.
The Job Tax Credit (JTC) is a statutory incentive offered to companies, both existing and new, that create new jobs in the state. The credit is available to companies that establish or expand corporate headquarters, manufacturing, distribution, processing, qualified service-related, research and development facilities. This credit is extremely beneficial for companies, because it is a credit against corporate income taxes, which can eliminate 50% of a company's liability.
A Job Development Credit (JDC) is a performance-based incentive that rebates a portion of new employees' withholding taxes that can be used to address the specific needs of individual companies. JDCs are approved on a case-by-case basis by the S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development. To qualify, a company must meet certain business requirements and the amount a company receives depends on the company's pay structure and location.
This legislation applies to employers that have more than one employee who engages in activities which involve the presence of ionizing radiation. Employers with less than three employees can choose to opt out of this legislation. The legislation contains provisions for the treatment and compensation of injuries obtained from ionizing radiation, and addresses the responsibility of employees and employers.
The South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted simplified interconnection guidelines for small distributed generation (DG) in December 2006. These guidelines address renewable-energy systems and other forms of DG up to 20 kilowatts (kW) in capacity for residential systems, and up to 100 kW for non-residential systems. Provisions for three-phase generators are not included.
The Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture has the authority to promulgate regulations declaring specified substances to be hazardous and establishing labeling, transportation, storage, and disposal requirements for such substances.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control has established a groundwater management program, requiring entities withdrawing in excess of three million gallons during any one month to obtain a permit, register water sources, and report use. The Department is responsible for monitoring and assessing groundwater withdrawals, and for developing a state groundwater management plan. Some exemptions, including for emergency withdrawals, apply.
This legislation applies to public utilities and entities furnishing natural gas, heat, water, sewerage, and street railway services to the public. The legislation addresses rates and services, exemptions, investigations, and records. Article 4 (58-5-400 et seq.) of this legislation is the Natural Gas Rate Stabilization Act, which directly addresses rates for natural gas service, and Article 9 (58-5-900 et seq.) is the South Carolina Gas Safety Act of 1970. The Public Service Commission has the authority to implement regulations regarding fees and services provided by these entities.