Southeast Coal Retirements Mount in 2010

Late last year we reported in this blog about the wave of old coal plant retirement announcements throughout the Southeast in which we counted 11 likely retirements in 4 Southeast states.  A year later, we can report modest increases in that number – Southeast utilities have collectively announced plans to retire 15 coal plants in [...]

Breaking News: KY Smith Coal Plant Cancelled by Coop!

This blog is a repost from KFTC.  Congratulations to all the hard-working activists in KY who made this happen! Smith Plant Cancelled!  Clean energy collaboration planned. by Sara Pennington We have some great news to announce: The coal-burning power plant proposed by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has been cancelled by the utility. “When [...]

Pondering the impacts of Climategate one year later

One year ago this week, in late November 2009, more than 1,000 stolen e-mails from scientists at England’s University of East Anglia were made public. Climate skeptics, eager to find evidence of a conspiracy, had a field day claiming these emails showed scientific misconduct and argued these emails should cast doubt on decades of findings. [...]

What could the 2010 midterms mean for climate and energy policy in the Southeast?

Although a few races are still being determined with recounts and write-in ballots, the vast majority of the 2010 midterm races have been decided. Here, in the eight Southeastern states that SACE represents, voters elected 5 new governors, 6 U.S Senators, nearly 100 Representatives and hundreds of members to serve in state General Assemblies from [...]

Cousteau Short Film Highlights Kingston Coal Ash Spill

The Cousteau family, ardent advocates for ocean health and preservation, have extended their reach to fresh water – and lucky for us, to the grave issue of coal ash waste.  Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of famous French ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau, just released a short film about the fall-out of the Kingston coal ash disaster [...]

How much will Plant Washington really cost?

In 2008, ten Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs) joined under the banner “Power4Georgians,” and went public with a proposal to build a new coal-fired power plant in Sandersville, GA, known as Plant Washington.  From our perspective, this has been a bad deal for EMC members and the environment from the start, but considering recent trends, [...]

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Spotlighting the Recovery Act – solar schools in the Sunshine State

Almost two years ago, Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration championed an unprecedented commitment of Recovery Act funds to support clean energy technologies. Like all of the Recovery Act funds, the $80 billion targeted for energy projects helped to create new jobs and save existing ones while spurring economic activity and long-term growth.  And unlike [...]