South Carolina is an epicenter of nuclear energy. As of 2023, the state had four active nuclear power facilities within its borders, and two close by in neighboring states. These plants supplied more than half of the state’s total electricity generation, making it the third largest producer of nuclear power in the country. A solid portion of it goes to fuel the state’s energy-hungry industrial sector, supplemented by natural gas and coal. Despite the promise of solar, there’s a long way to go before South Carolina sees any traction in renewables. And it’s notoriously energy inefficient.
Interested in reshaping the future of the state? Consider an energy degree or certificate from a South Carolina school in our listings. You’ll notice that each one has particular research strengths. USC has its own Nuclear Science and Energy Center, as well as interests in hydrogen & fuel cells, industrial challenges, and renewable fuels. Clemson’s Dominion Energy Innovation Center houses an electrical grid simulator and a cutting-edge wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility. And CofC is focused on physics applications.