The Rev. Leo Woodberry speaks at a rally in Columbia for clean energy.

FLORENCE, S.C. – A group based in Florence, the New Alpha Community Development Corporation, was one of the main organizers for a recent rally in Columbia to promote legislation for clean energy.

The Rev. Leo Woodberry, pastor of Kingdom Living Temple, is executive director of the corporation. Woodberry’s group of approximately 35 people joined the Sierra Club and the Dogwood Alliance as hosts of the rally.

“In light of the failed V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant, we have an opportunity to recalculate how we generate energy in a just and equitable manner for our state and for future generations,” Woodberry said.

“No longer can we give utilities a blank check when it comes to dipping into the incomes of South Carolina residents, particularly those who can least afford it. Today, we are coming together so that the voice of everyday people, the residents of South Carolina, can be heard. It’s time to chart a course to more clean and renewable sources of energy for all people here in South Carolina.”

More than 100 South Carolinans participated in the event, including representatives from several of the state’s environmental justice and religious groups as well as conservation and clean energy advocates.

The South Carolina legislature is considering bills that would expand access to clean energy like solar, while protecting consumers across the state from costly energy such as the burden of paying for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear plant. The coalition is urging state elected officials to support the package of legislation.

“South Carolina communities want a clean, renewable energy future that truly works for them,” said Jodie Van Horn, director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign. “Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign looks forward to supporting our partners in communities across South Carolina as they bring forward this vision of a just and equitable transition to 100 percent clean energy for all people.”