Will new Sunshine State senator move Florida toward a clean energy economy?

Today Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist chose George LeMieux to fill the seat of outgoing Sen. Mel Martinez.  LeMieux,  a former aide to Crist, deputy state attorney general as well as campaign manager for Crist’s 2006 run for governor, will serve as the Sunshine State’s junior senator until the November 2010 general election. In the next [...]

Santee Cooper Sees the Light, Cancels Pee Dee Coal Plant

In an astounding turn of events today, the state-owned utility Santee Cooper Board voted unanimously to suspend their plans to permit and develop the Pee Dee coal-fired power plant in Florence County, South Carolina (along the banks of the Great Pee Dee River). Our hearty congratulations to all of our South Carolina colleagues and allies [...]

Blocked phone lines, forged letters, staged rallies – oh my!

What a busy summer Big Energy and its allies have had! First, as the House of Representatives began to debate the clean energy/climate bill in June, legions of lobbyists hit Capitol Hill while conservative talk-radio commentators mobilized their base to ‘melt’ Congressional phone lines voicing opposition to progressive energy policies.  In July, we learned that [...]

SACE 100 New Nukes Response

Senator Alexander’s recently unveiled “Blueprint for 100 Nuclear Power Plants in 20 years” will neither reduce energy costs nor provide clean energy. The “Blueprint” is part of the GOP’s four-step plan to provide “low-cost clean energy” that completely ignores energy conservation and efficiency. (Even though FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghof recently stated we may not need [...]

Time flies when you are having fun: a year in review from an energy advocate

It’s been a whirlwind of a year since I accepted the position as SACE’s  Tennessee Valley Energy Policy Associate here in Knoxville.  So much has happened, both good and bad, that it was difficult to keep up.  All in all, however, I’m pleased to report that we’ve taken some significant steps towards achieving the clean-energy [...]