South Carolina's Forestry industry is one of the largest contributors to the State's economy. Wood residues, among other biomass resources, are used by several co-gen and electricity generators in the state. The South Carolina Forestry Commission manages the State's forest lands: www.state.sc.us/forest/
The Enterprise Zone Retraining Credit Program is a discretionary incentive that helps existing industries maintain their competitive edge and retain their existing workforce by allowing them to claim a Retraining Credit for existing production employees. If approved for the Enterprise Zone Retraining Credit, companies can reimburse themselves up to 50% of approved training costs for eligible production workers (not to exceed $500 per person per year). This program is also overseen by the Coordinating Council for Economic Development.
Commercial and industrial members who upgrade to energy-efficient light bulbs which meet EnergyUnited's standards are eligible for a prescriptive, "per unit" rebate. The cooperative will provide a rebate of $0.30 for each watt saved by the lighting upgrade. Fixtures which have had older bulbs replaced by highly efficient ones are eligible for the rebate. The new light bulbs must have a manufacturer's rated life of 36,000 hours or greater to qualify and must be installed in a professional manner. Rebate criteria are subject only to EnergyUnited standards.
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.