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Solar Goes Forward & ALEC Backwards in South Carolina

By Roy L Hales

The American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) hold on South Carolina is weakening. The controversial lobbying organization has been so firmly entrenched that there is a special provision for it in the state’s lobbying law. According to Section 2-17-90: “No public official or public employee may accept lodging, transportation, entertainment, food, meals, beverages, or an invitation to a function paid for by a lobbyist’s principal.” One of the exceptions, listed as 1b, is “American Legislative Exchange Council conventions and conferences.” Sourcewatch compiled a “partial list” of 15 South Carolina Assemblymen and 7 state senators with past or extant ties to ALEC. This may be changing. The state’s House of Representatives just passed a solar energy bill that could be summed up as Solar Goes Forward & ALEC Backwards in South Carolina.
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Making of the International Rescue Group

By Roy L Hales

Over 100,000 people died, when the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010.  A very good friend of Captain Ray Thackeray’s was among them. She had been working in Port-au-Prince, when her hotel collapsed around her. Several days passed before help reached the stricken island. This became a defining moment for Thackeray. Having been a ham radio operator since his youth in England, Thackeray had seen volunteers pitch in when there were emergencies. He found himself thinking, What if a marine based organization had mobilized boaters already in the area? What if 10,000 small vessels had started bringing food, water and medicine on day one? They might have saved hundreds of lives. This led to the founding of the International Rescue Group (IRG).
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Bringing PACE to Texas

By Roy L Hales

What should commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing look like in Texas? Hundreds of local PACE programs in California, are consolidating under several competing PACE models. On the other extreme, Connecticut’s new state run program was responsible for half the commercial PACE financing in the US last year. Thirty states and the district of Columbia currently have PACE programs. As Charlene Heydinger, Executive Director of “Keeping PACE in Texas” (KPT), explained, “We want state-wide model specifically designed for Texas’ needs.”
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Proterra sets eBus Record for Miles Driven in a Day

By Roy L Hales

One of the manufacturer’s battery-electric transit buses drove more than 700 miles, in 24 hours, during a road test near the company’s headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina. Then they sent the news out: Proterra sets eBus record for miles driven in a day.
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