South Carolina’s Clean Energy Role
South Carolina has made substantial progress in renewables in recent years, but this is just the beginning. Clean energy is more important than ever. The recent VC Summer nuclear shutdown cost our state over 5,000 jobs. It has ignited a debate over the future of our state’s energy policies and allowed for more discussion about the family’s home energy choices.
In 2014, the General Assembly passed, and Governor Nikki Haley signed, legislation into law that kicked off a renewable energy revolution in South Carolina. This state bill allowed families to lease rooftop solar and gave solar consumers the right to get paid for the extra energy their solar panels produced. This made rooftop solar a viable option for South Carolina consumers for the first time in state history. As a result, we have seen over 3,000 new solar jobs in our state.
South Carolina is a leader on clean energy, it makes economic sense for us to continue to explore clean energy sources for our citizens. We wholeheartedly support more energy competition and choice, and believe this has been missing from our state’s ongoing energy debate.
In addition to the record breaking success we have seen in the solar industry, we also see tremendous opportunities in clean energy technologies, such as wind power generation, clean fuels from bio mass, and other renewable energy alternatives.
Luke Byars | Advisor
Luke has almost 30 years experience working with South Carolina’s top public policy makers and corporate leaders.
Luke understands public policy and how to advance both federal and state political agendas. Before joining First Tuesday Strategies, Luke served as United States Senator Jim DeMint’s State Director and as his campaign manager. Luke also served at as Public Affairs Director for Lieutenant Governor Bob Peeler and as the State Taxpayer Rights Advocate and Business Ombudsman for the South Carolina Department of Revenue.
Luke has helped run winning campaigns in South Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Florida. He was named South Carolina’s Executive Director for the Dole Kemp presidential campaign in 1996. Before that, Luke worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC) as Deputy Director of Voter Programs and traveled the country speaking at campaign management schools and helping to recruit local and state conservative candidates.
Luke became Executive Director for the South Carolina Republican Party in 2003 and worked with The White House Office of Political Affairs and the RNC to help re-elect President George W. Bush. At the SCGOP, Luke oversaw an impressive (85%) winning percentage for all Republican campaigns in the 2004 cycle. In 2012, Luke served as a consultant for the Mitt Romney for President campaign.
A dedicated and loyal political advisor, Luke now serves as Managing Partner for First Tuesday Strategies and continues to grow a proven record of creating innovative communications and grassroots strategies that help our clients achieve all their goals.
Giff Carpenter | State Director
Giff brings a decade of political and communications experience to Conservatives for Clean Energy South Carolina. In his role as Director of Campaign Services at First Tuesday Strategies, Giff has worked with over 100 political campaigns, grassroots projects, and ballot initiatives from the local to national level.
Giff previously served as a Regional Field Director for SCGOP Victory 2014, where he was in charge of grassroots operations for all GOP candidates in 13 counties in South Carolina. During this time, he worked on grassroots operations for Governor Nikki Haley’s, Senator Lindsey Graham’s, and Senator Tim Scott’s campaigns, as well as several statewide and local candidates. Giff also served as Executive Assistant to Governor Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign and interned with Governor Henry McMaster’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.