For the last year, I have traveled throughout this country gaining exposure to various state by state energy policy, and I must conclude that the southeast is sorely lacking in terms of the pace of progress. We use more energy than any other region, have abundant resources, water, wind, and sun and yet, the signs of a coherent and inclusive public policy along with support from education and business are sorely lacking.
Western states are much more prolific in the installation of renewable energy sources, while South Carolina has no solar farms, wind farms or energy policy whatsoever. Why is that?
North Carolina and other southeastern states have encouraged the development of solar power through generous tax incentives and a state laws requiring electric utilities to use some renewable energy. These policies are a key reason North Carolina often rates high in national rankings of solar-friendly states – and why solar farms are growing steadily there.
South Carolina advertises sun and abundant resources and being a great place to live, but we are mired in old ways and an ultra conservative state government that promotes private wealth but not public growth for the future of our state. More to come