Jacksonville solar project a reminder of what could be in Florida

Renewable energy prospects in Florida may be cloudy this political season, but there are some bright rays in the Sunshine State.  Jacksonville’s municipal electric utility (JEA) and its project partners, PSEG Solar Source (owner/operator) and juwi solar (original developer), just dedicated a 15 MW solar power generating facility on the city’s west side. This is [...]

A new denier myth is born, this time for energy efficiency

The Breakthrough Institute has midwived another denier myth with Jesse Jenkins’ Michael Shellenberger’s introduction to a blog post, “Why Energy Efficiency Does Not Decrease Energy Consumption.” The sensational headline caught my eye, and I found another unfortunate example of BTI’s sometimes incendiary approach to being provocative. AND … the spin advanced by BTI here completely [...]

Ready to vote for clean energy at the ballot box?

Despite a promising start (Congress allocated $80 billion of the 2009 Recovery Act funding for clean energy & efficiency programs), our country’s work on much-needed energy policy reform has barely begun. The list of pending energy policies is extensive, and the looming midterm elections mean that substantive work at the national level will not resume [...]

Taking Dirty Coal to Court in Georgia

On September 13, SACE, represented by GreenLaw and the Southern Environmental Law Center, and our allies at the Sierra Club Georgia Chapter, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, and Fall-Line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE), began the official hearing process in court as part of our legal challenge to Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) air permits for Plant [...]

Gainesville Renewable Energy Center creates new opportunities

Why SACE supports smart biopower like Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC).

SACE grades TVA draft Plan, calls for public input to move TVA to the head of the class

The Tennessee Valley is at a critical crossroads for its energy and economic development. Whether our future is one where efficiency and renewable energy drive a strong clean energy economy or one where the Valley continues to struggle with the environmental and economic consequences of traditional energy sources may be decided over the next couple [...]

SACE Staff Testify at EPA Coal Ash Hearing

On Tuesday September 14 in Charlotte, NC hundreds of citizens, environmentalists, industry representatives and others gathered to voice their opinions about EPA’s two proposals to regulate coal ash waste – the hazardous by-product leftover from burning coal for electricity.  Southern Alliance for Clean Energy staff members including myself and Jennifer Rennicks, our federal policy director, [...]

Energy efficiency struggles to overcome inertia of the past in Florida

It got U-G-L-Y in the Florida energy efficiency debate. Progress Energy attorney John Burnett literally maligned dozens of utilities across the country when he explained that the programs that other utilities operate are faking it – reporting bogus energy savings. This remarkable attack took place while the Florida Public Service Commission considered proposed utility energy [...]

Plutonium Bomb Fuel in the Tennessee Valley? Voice Your Concerns

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is considering a partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) to use plutonium bomb fuel in TVA’s Sequoyah and Browns Ferry nuclear reactors. The public is invited to comment on this proposal by September 17, 2010. Asking “Is this a good idea?” is a logical start. And TVA has to [...]

Arctic sea ice melt could surpass 2007 record (updated)

As reported by Joe Romm, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reports that arctic sea ice is down to 4.76 million square kilometers. The record minimum of 4.28 million square kilometers was set in 2007. NSIDC indicates that the minimum will probably occur in the next two weeks. If so, then data from [...]