During the 2008 legislative session, South Carolina legislators passed [http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess117_2007-2008/bills/1141.htm SB 1141], creating the ''Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes Incentive Program'', effective July 1, 2009. This bill created an income tax credit, with the goal of encouraging consumers to purchase energy efficient manufactured homes.
This legislation authorizes the Public Service Commission to promulgate regulations related to investor owned utilities in South Carolina, and addresses service areas, rates and charges, and operating procedures for these entities.
In August 2009, the South Carolina Public Service Commission issued an [http://dms.psc.sc.gov/pdf/matters/F05030FC-E19A-9225-B838F72EDF4557DC.pdf] order mandating net metering be made available by the regulating 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 Smart $aver® program offers incentives for residential customers to increase residential energy efficiency. Incentives are provided for qualifying heating and cooling equipment installation and service, attic insulation with air sealing, duct insulation, and duct sealing. Duke Energy Carolinas electric residential retail customers residing in a single-family home, condominium, duplex or mobile home are eligible for the incentives. All incentives are paid after completion of the services.
Duke Energy’s Smart $aver Incentive program offers rebates to non-residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in their facilities. All Duke Energy North Carolina nonresidential electric customers are eligible, except those that have elected to opt out of the Energy Efficiency Rider. Rebates are available for a wide range of equipment including lighting, heating and cooling equipment, chillers and thermal storage units, motors, pumps, VFDs, process equipment, and food service equipment.
Duke Energy encourages residential customers to buy energy-efficient homes through its [http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_homes.hm_index Energy Star Homes Program], which awards a rate discount to customers living in Energy Star homes. To earn the Energy Star label, homes are tested by a third-party inspector to ensure they meet the U.S. Department of Energy's criteria.
The Dams and Reservoirs Safety Act provides for the certification and inspection of dams in South Carolina and confers regulatory authority on the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Owners of dams and reservoirs are responsible for maintaining the safety of the structures, and must follow directives from the Department regarding dam maintenance, alteration, reconstruction, and removal in the event of unsafe conditions or lack of maintenance.
This South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control program establishes a number of provisions regarding waters, water resources, and drainage in South Carolina. Navigable streams and rivers are declared to be common highways and “forever free”. The obstruction of such waterways is prohibited. A permit is required for hydroelectric projects necessitating the impoundment or diversion of navigable streams; some exemptions apply. The remainder of this legislation addresses permitting fees, landowner obligations, and the use of navigable waterways for timber transport.
The South Carolina Energy Office offers the ConserFund Loan Program to fund energy efficiency improvements in state agencies, local governments, public colleges and universities, school districts and private non-profit organizations. The ConserFund Loan Program will fund a variety of efficiency improvements, but priority is given to projects that have a fast energy savings payback. Generally, ConserFund loans are to be used on retrofits of existing buildings.
This legislation enacts a state management program to oversee water and land use and development in South Carolina's coastal zone. Under the program, the Department of Health and Environmental Control is authorized to enact regulations to protect coastal zones. Permits are required for many activities which may disrupt land or water in these areas, including dredging, the construction of pipelines, and other development.