Forged letters urge Congress to vote against clean energy jobs bill

In the run up to the U.S. House of Rpresentatives vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) in June, we asked our supporters and allies to call their members of Congress and urge them to support America’s clean energy future and vote “yes.”  We heard from several folks across the Southeast who [...]

Shopping just around the corner lowers your carbon footprint

With all the talk and focus these days on big picture environmental and global warming issues, people often feel intimidated and powerless – forgetting that small choices can have big impacts. A friend who works for an independent, neighborhood bookstore sent me a link to a humorous video made by the staff of The Regulator [...]

Governor Bredesen signs Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act

On July 8, Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, surrounded by lawmakers and members of the business and environmental community, signed into law the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act.  At the same event, he also unveiled several million dollars in grants for cities and counties to install energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. SACE applauds the [...]

UPDATE: NC Senate Refers Wind Energy Ban Back to Committee

Updated July 17th, 2009: A welcome victory on the Senate floor occurred on Wednesday when Senator Goss submitted an amendment that would reinstate language into SB 1068 allowing for utility-scale wind turbines to be constructed as allowed by counties.  This is in response to several counties and towns adopting resolutions in support of wind energy. [...]

Attempt to Ban Wind in WNC

Original Blogpost (7/13): In the mountains of North Carolina, local government cries for wind energy projects are falling on deaf ears of those elected to represent them. Mountain Senators Joe Sam Queen, Martin Nesbitt, and John Snow are attempting to completely override pro-wind actions taken by the local governments of Ashe County and Watauga County, and undermine the current efforts [...]

What happened with my Home Green Home

In 2007, our family renovated an older home. We tried to pay close attention to energy efficiency and clean energy concerns. Recently, I calculated the impact of our green rehab in terms of cost savings, reduced energy use, and reduced CO2 emissions. As you can see from the graph below, we cut everything roughly in [...]

Declaring your energy independence

This 4th of July, celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence with more than a cookout and sparklers. This Independence Day weekend, declare your independence from our fossil fuel past and take some small personal steps towards a clean energy future. On July 3, 2006 my Irish husband returned from the hardware store with bags [...]

Are you louder than 63 lobbyists?

In the weeks leading up to the House vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), we learned that opponents to the bill spent $79 million on efforts to weaken/defeat this important legislation.  Now more information has come to light. The Center for Public Integrity recently revealed that Southern Company, the Atlanta-based utility, [...]