Is Biomass Electricity a Smart Thing to Do?

Visiting with relatives over the holidays, I was asked, “is biomass electricity a smart thing to do?”

EPA Greenhouse Gas Limits to Take Effect in 2011

Despite what you may have heard about the United States’ continuing failure to address the dangers of global climate change, on January 2, 2011 greenhouse gases (GHGs) will, for the first time ever, be subject to regulation by EPA under the Clean Air Act (CAA).  The new “Tailoring” rule will require the largest emitters of [...]

A Congressional Review: Clean Energy Policy in the 111th Congress

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been very busy: the 111th Congress (from January 2009 through December 2010) will be known as the busiest Congress in half a century.  While the early headlines were dominated by the Stimulus (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act) and health-care reform bills, and the recent headlines focused on the repeal of [...]

Where Solar and Wind Power Meet in South Carolina

On a blustery, yet sunny, December afternoon in Summerville, South Carolina just outside of Charleston, a crowd of about 100 gathered to witness the unveiling of the state’s largest solar tracker.  The German-based company, IMO, recently moved to South Carolina following the announcement of Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drive Train Test Facility.  They were the [...]

Smaller Size, Big Price Tag: Small modular reactors are risky

As the so-called nuclear renaissance here in the United States slowly collapses, a different type of nuclear reactor known as a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) has been heralded by nuclear proponents as the way of the future. The Tennessee Valley Authority and Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site appear to be leading the charge for [...]

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Passes Just in Time for the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, we have received a special gift from Congress — the passage of an important health bill, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 (also known as DERA). DERA is designed to reduce emissions from millions of existing, legacy diesel engines in use today by as much as 90 percent. [...]

Over $7 Million in Solar Innovation Grants Awarded to Tennessee Solar Industry

Tennessee businesses in the solar industry have been awaiting the announcement of awarded grants from the Tennessee Solar Institute (TSI) for weeks. And they finally got it.  On December 8th, TSI announced $7.25 million in Solar Innovation Grants awarded to 21 businesses throughout Tennessee’s solar industries that will fund 36 projects across the state. These grants will [...]

Plant Washington Air Permit REJECTED by Georgia Court

In welcome and exciting news, the Georgia state court Judge, Ronit Walker, ruled Thursday that the proposed coal-fired Plant Washington air permits are inadequate to protect public health and the environment.  According to the ruling, the permit for the proposed 850-MW facility violated Clean Air Act safeguards to limit harmful and toxic air pollution.  GreenLaw [...]

Deposing King Coal

This blog is a re-post from Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies, and was written by Sue Sturgis on December 15, 2010.   Please also see SACE’s blog, Southeast Coal Retirements Mount in 2010. Emerging federal air and water quality regulations for coal-fired power plants could lead to a wave of [...]

Cancun climate talks inspire and disappoint, near-term opportunities at hand

This post was co-authored by SACE’s Board Chair, John Noel; Anne Blair, SACE’s Diesel and Bioenergy Program Manager; and Jennifer Rennicks, SACE’s Federal Policy Director. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 16th U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) in Cancun as a speaker at a SACE-sponsored symposium entitled “Win Win Strategies [...]