Not a single IRP presented under South Carolina’s Energy Freedom Act has been accepted by state regulators. Could that be because the utilities are acting like the law doesn’t exist?
The new capacity–which goes by names like Chester White, Lambert, and Hemingway–represents an addition equal to nearly 40% of all solar installed to date in the Palmetto State.
South Carolina regulators rejected Duke Energy Carolina and Duke Energy Progress’ Integrated Resource Plans, and demanded a “single and clear” recommendation.
Regulators approved a multi-party stipulation that caps solar applications through the end of 2021 at 1.2 MW for Duke Energy Carolinas and 300 kW for Duke Energy Progress each month.
Regulators agreed to keep net metering in place while transitioning to Dominion Energy’s existing time-of-use rate schedule for new solar customers.
The 98 MW Centerfield Solar project enters service, marking Pine Gate’s 18th operational project in South Carolina.
After having its initially proposed integrated resource plan shot down by regulators, the utility has done a heel-turn and plans to replace the coal with 2 GW of solar, up to 900 MW of battery storage, and 1 GW of natural gas by 2048.
The program, which allows large-scale customers to offset power purchases by securing renewable energy directly from project owners and energy suppliers, has been successful so far in North Carolina.
Regulators ordered the utility to evaluate the risks and environmental costs of operating its coal plants, and consider options to replace the plants with clean energy alternatives.
The proposed fees could end up costing the solar average homeowner more than $700 annually. Critics call the fees an attempt to take away consumer control over their power bills.
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