A joint legislative committee report aimed at strengthening S.C. lawmakers’ hands in dealing with electric power generated from private sources, such as solar, moved forward Wednesday in the General Assembly.
The 87-page draft report underwent committee discussion and public testimony before The State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee Energy Advisory Council, and will remain open for additional written public comments until 4 p.m. Dec. 18.
The committee will consider concerns raised during the public commenting periods and meet Jan. 8 to finalize the report before sending it to the General Assembly for use in developing legislation regarding alternative energy.
The report deals with smaller but significant amounts of electric power generated by renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass, rather than at large utility power plants.
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Homes, churches and businesses could be among the entities in the Palmetto State generating power from these alternative sources, and the draft report acknowledges that solar power increasingly is one of the most popular methods.
Advocates say the alternative generation sources lower power bills. But distribution generation technology and use often is ahead of the education curve for many S.C. lawmakers, who increasingly may need to create policy or draft legislation to accommodate the practice.
The report, which took months to produce, consists of input from several sources, including conservationists, consumers, utility-interests, lawmakers and others.
Three people entered written testimony concerning the report, which can be accessed along with the submitted comments at http://www.scstatehouse. gov/committeeinfo/Energy AdvisoryCouncil/Energy AdvisoryCouncil.php.
Written testimony, comments, and suggested changes should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be posted on the EAC’s website.