Energy industry leaders, state legislators, and federal officials gathered in Greenville, South Carolina for the 63rd annual meeting of The Southern States Energy Board. The event aimed to discuss ways to fuel future growth and prosperity in the southern region of the United States. Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette addressed the attendees, emphasizing the importance of coming together to improve the quality of life and stimulate economic development.
One of the main topics of discussion was the achievement of energy independence in the United States. Brouillette attributed this achievement to innovation and public policy, highlighting the thriving energy sector in the southern states. Governor McMaster pointed out the need to update the energy plan implemented in 2006, as the south experiences an influx of people and struggles to keep up with energy production.
While addressing the issue of energy production, McMaster stressed the importance of ensuring affordable and reliable power for all residents. He revealed that approximately 66% of South Carolina’s power comes from four nuclear power plants. McMaster also mentioned the potential of small modular nuclear reactors, which offer more flexibility and cost-effectiveness compared to traditional nuclear plants.
The conference, spanning three days, aimed to explore various sources of energy and encourage a diversified approach. Leaders and experts agree that relying on a single source of energy is not ideal and that the south should be at the forefront of utilizing different energy sources. By actively pursuing innovation and updating policies, the region hopes to continue its growth and prosperity.
– The Southern States Energy Board (63rd annual meeting)
– Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina
– Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia
– Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette