The Gulf Oil Disaster by the Numbers

The continuous stream of updates on the Deepwater oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico suggests this story is moving from bad to worse. Early estimates from BP were that 1,000 barrels of oil a day week leaking from the ruptured wellhead a mile below the ocean surface.  On Wednesday, officials revised that estimate to [...]

Sacrificing the Gulf for the Illusion of Energy Independence

This blog was co-authored by Dr. Stephen Smith, Toni Reale and Jennifer Rennicks. Hollywood couldn’t have written a stranger, more ironic script depicting our nation’s ugly, polluting and dangerous energy addiction.  On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the world watched as the Deepwater Horizon, the “technologically advanced” $600 million exploratory drill rig, sank into [...]

Cape Wind Approval Sets the Stage for U.S. Offshore Wind

As oil continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced that the United States would begin tapping an abundant source of clean offshore energy in the United States oceans with the long awaited approval of the Cape Wind project in the Nantucket Sound off the coast of Cape [...]

Promoting energy efficiency on Earth Day with Energy Star Rebates

When we learned that North Carolinians could qualify for an instant rebate on approved ENERGY STAR® appliances during Earth Day weekend (Thursday, April 22 to Sunday, April 25) my family and I were eager to upgrade our ancient, semi-functional dishwasher for a newer model which will use both energy and water more efficiently. In February, [...]

Building efficiency in Southeast gets federal push

Today, Vice President Biden announced that the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance was among the recipients of $452 million in Recovery Act funding from the Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative. According to the release and other sources, SEEA will receive $20 million to support the Southeast Community Retrofit Ramp-up Consortium. The Consortium includes cities such [...]

Polk County schools make Lakeland look energy smart

An outstanding showing by the Polk County School District propelled Lakeland, FL to a #7 ranking on the second-annual list of top 25 cities with the most Energy Star labeled buildings. Along with four other Southeastern cities, Lakeland’s Energy Star buildings are cutting energy waste by millions of dollars (and reducing global warming pollution). Lakeland’s [...]

Time for Energy Efficiency in the South

We already know that energy efficiency offers a “vast, low-cost energy resource” … so why has a new report, Energy Efficiency in the South, triggered a strong reaction from Grist, the New York Times, and many people online? Maybe the reaction was generated by the prestige of the research team that collaborated on this report, [...]

Florida Citizen Action Day for a Clean Energy Economy

On March 22 and 23, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, in partnership with the Florida Wildlife Federation, Audubon of Florida, Sierra Club, Environment Florida, and Hands Across the Sand, hosted a Clean Energy Advocates Awards Reception and a Clean Energy Citizen Action Day in Tallahassee.  The reception honored those Florida legislators who are revered as [...]

Shortsighted Obama Plan Opens Southeastern Shores to Drilling

Yesterday, President Obama backed down from a campaign promise to uphold the moratorium on offshore drilling that has protected our southeastern shorelines from oil interests for decades.  His announcement proposes to open up 167 million ocean acres in federal waters from Delaware to the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas exploration.  This plan [...]

Florida Mayor Calls for State to Foster Renewable Energy Jobs

Renewable energy expansion can drive Florida jobs growth–we just need to post our “Open for Business” sign.  Orange County, Florida (home of Orlando), is inviting cleantech investments, in engineering, manufacturing and development of innovators by entrepreneurs and at our centers of higher education.  This is the Sunshine State: Power generation from local biomass, collection of sun energy [...]