Tennessee Coal Ash Hearing Sends EPA Strong Message

On Wednesday, October 27th, EPA held an 8th and final public hearing on proposed coal ash regulations in Knoxville, TN.  EPA nearly left Tennessee off the list of public hearing sites, but after a SACE-sponsored “People’s Hearing” in Roane County and pressure from Sen. Lamar Alexander, EPA announced a hearing in Knoxville. This initial oversight [...]

What is a Florida TV station hiding when it comes to climate? (VIDEOS)

re-posted from 1Sky’s Skywriter Blog on October 29, 2010 Post from Andrea Cuccaro, 1Sky Florida and South Carolina organizer We need five minutes from our friends in Florida to write a letter to their local newspapers and to the senatorial candidates offices about strange doings at a Orlando television station over some tough questions on [...]

South Carolina Blazes Energy Independence Trail

This blog was co-authored by Toni Reale and Simon Mahan The atmosphere at Clemson University’s groundbreaking ceremony for their new Drive Train Testing Facility yesterday was truly electric. Roughly 300 elected officials, academics and wind energy experts filled a North Charleston, South Carolina warehouse that, beginning in January 2011, will begin to be transformed into [...]

Duke Energy Welcomes Energy Code Officials

This post was authored by former SACE staffer, Glenn Mauney. Why would a company that builds power plants host a reception at an event that is likely to help reduce the use of electricity? Well, the 2010 conference of the International Code Council is underway in Charlotte, NC.   And building energy efficiency is the topic [...]

A Pope of Climate Denial

This blog is a repost from Facing South: The Online Magazine for the Institute for Southern Studies. Find the original blog post by Sue Sturgis here. There’s broad agreement among scientists nowadays that global warming is real and caused in large part by human activities like burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests. For example, [...]

Support Offshore Wind Power

Even though the Southeast can play a major role in the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry, our region tends to play second fiddle to the Northeast or even the Great Lakes region. Unless the Department of Energy recognizes the importance of Southern states, our region will miss out on a great opportunity and [...]

SACE Releases TN Coal Ash Report in Advance of EPA Public Hearing

Just a few weeks after the December 2008 Kingston coal ash disaster, on January 7, 2009, SACE Executive Director, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, traveled to Washington, D.C. with five residents of Harriman, Tennessee, the epicenter of the Kingston spill.  These residents walked the halls of Congress and implored elected officials to hear their stories about [...]

The Good and The Bad on Biomass News in North Carolina

Rumor has it that Duke Energy plans to convert the Dan River power plant from coal to biomass fuel. However, the NCUC reached its decision when considering the relatively insignificant amount of biomass being used in two pilot co-firing projects. There was big news for biomass issued out of North Carolina this month (Charlotte Business [...]

Successful Solar Weekend in Knoxville

SACE Executive Director, Stephen Smith, discusses his home’s solar technologies as part of the city’s October 2nd Solar Tour. Knoxville’s solar community shone even brighter than usual this past October 1st and 2nd when the city’s annual Solar Tour took place throughout the greater Knoxville area. On Friday, October 1st, downtown Knoxville was alive with [...]

Buying elections with dirty money

Updated on 10.25.10: Anonymously-financed groups are stepping up efforts to influence 80 different House races with just one week to go before Election Day according to a new New York Times article. At exactly 2 weeks and counting, we are officially in the home stretch of the 2010 midterm election season. Every election cycle in [...]