CCE South Carolina Announces Advisor and Executive Director

March 19, 2019

Conservatives for Clean Energy South Carolina (CCE SC) named Luke Byars as the CCE SC Advisor and Giff Carpenter as their new Executive Director.

Conservatives for Clean Energy South Carolina is comprised of local conservative leaders who believe in a genuine ‘all of the above’ approach to South Carolina’s energy policy. They are also committed to advancing clean and renewable energy alternatives throughout the Palmetto State.  Earlier this month, CCE SC announced a 6 person State Advisory Board including Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, Tee Miller, Lindsay Agostini, Peter Brown, Nate Leupp and Graham Duncan. Conservatives for Clean Energy (CCE) now has active chapters in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and will expand in the state of Georgia this spring.

“We are excited to have both Luke and Giff on board to lead our efforts in South Carolina,” said Mark Fleming, President and CEO of Conservatives for Clean Energy. “As we begin to grow our team here in the Southeast, their strong relationships in the State House and all across South Carolina will certainly serve us well.”

Luke Byars said, “I am convinced South Carolina conservatives are ready to embrace clean energy.  Conservatives support energy choice and more homegrown alternatives for our energy future.  With all the explosive growth in the solar energy economy, South Carolina is quickly becoming the next sunshine state.  It only makes sense for us to consider harnessing more renewable energy in our state.  As a conservative, I believe we have a duty to become more responsible stewards of God’s creation.”

“South Carolina has a unique opportunity to become a national leader in clean energy,” added Giff Carpenter.  “Other states have taken a lead in producing wind power and bio mass, while South Carolina has created thousands of new jobs in a booming solar economy here. As conservatives, we want to continue to grow our state and expand our clean energy economy. I look forward to working with state and local leaders to do just that.”

Luke Byars has almost 30 years’ experience working with South Carolina’s top public policy makers and corporate leaders.  He is currently the managing partner at First Tuesday Strategies in Columbia, SC specializing on political campaigns, grassroots development and public policy initiatives.  Previously, Luke was United States Senator Jim DeMint’s State Director and the Executive Director of the SC Republican Party.  He also served as the Public Affairs Director for Lieutenant Governor Bob Peeler and was named the former State Taxpayer Rights Advocate and Business Ombudsman for the SC Department of Revenue. For over twenty five years, Luke has run winning campaigns in South Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Florida.

Giff Carpenter 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 on over 100 political and grassroots campaigns.  Before that he served as Regional Field Director for the SC Republican Party Victory 2014 organization and as an Executive Assistant to Governor Nikki Haley’s 2014 re-election campaign.  Carpenter also worked on Governor Henry McMaster’s then-2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Learn more about our South Carolina team and the future of Conservatives for Clean Energy SC.