2012 SC Clean Energy Summit to be powered 100% by clean energy generated in SC | Environment
When the first-ever SC Clean Energy Summit takes place in Columbia on July 18, it will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA), which is organizing the summit, is working with Palmetto Clean Energy to purchase about 2250 kilowatt hours of electricity, an amount equivalent to what’s needed to power the one-day event. Palmetto Clean Energy or “PaCE” is a non-profit organization that allows customers of South Carolina’s investor-owned utilities (Duke Energy, Progress Energy and SCE&G) to buy tax-deductible blocks of green, renewable energy. PaCE contributions are used to fund locally-produced renewable energy.
According to Program Manager Andrew Epting, SCCEBA has chosen to power its event with SC-generated clean energy to “put its money where its mouth is.”
“SCCEBA exists to promote the development and use of clean energy in South Carolina,” Epting said. “By powering the summit with clean energy, we can raise the visibility of South Carolina’s growing industry cluster and educate more people about the tremendous opportunity for South Carolina to become a national leader in this area.” According to the Clean Energy Census, a study commissioned by SCCEBA and completed by NC State University, South Carolina already has about 14,000 clean energy-related jobs.
By powering its summit with clean energy, SCCEBA also hopes to raise awareness that the opportunity exists to purchase clean energy credits, so other businesses and organizations can take advantage of them as well. Credits can be purchased online at www.PalmettoCleanEnergy.org.
The 2012 SC Clean Energy Summit is one of the Southeast’s premier clean energy conferences, featuring more than 30 expert speakers from the solar, wind, biomass, alternative fuel, hydrogen and fuel cell, energy efficiency, and clean energy finance industries. It will bring together South Carolina’s renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses, state and federal officials, regional and national clean energy organizations, financing sources, service providers to the industry, and those thinking about entering the clean energy business.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this event and what it means for South Carolina’s future,” said SCCEBA Executive Director Tom French. “By uniting the clean energy businesses in the state, we can share progress, capitalize on opportunities today, and better position the state to benefit from growing investment and job creation in the green economy tomorrow. Also, by powering the event with renewable sources, we can shine a spotlight on South Carolina’s tremendous assets in renewable energy.”
The 2012 SC Clean Energy Summit is open to anyone interested in clean energy and the cost to attend is $30. To learn more or to register, visit www.SCCEBA.biz.
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