Do clean coal proponents actually want clean coal?

There are two facts that the hawkers of “clean coal” don’t want you know. First, there is no such thing as clean coal. Second, the salesmen of clean coal would not want such a thing if it did exist. Its seems paradoxical but it makes perfect sense. The “clean coal” campaign is simply an effort [...]

Climate at the Crossroads

Two years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congress’ first-ever climate legislation to reduce carbon pollution by implementing a market-based trading mechanism known as “cap and trade.” Despite the support of the President and a majority of American people, this climate policy became hopelessly stalled in the U.S. Senate and today we seem further [...]

Co-op members confront EMC on Plant Washington

This post was authored by Eriqah Foreman Williams, Georgia Coal Diversity Organizer, with input from Amelia Shenstone. On July 21 Snapping Shoals EMC members, with support from SACE and our partners, stood up to the EMC’s board of directors to stop Plant Washington and Plant Ben Hill. Snapping Shoals EMC is one of the Georgia [...]

Florida PSC should look to North Carolina

North Carolina is increasing energy efficiency, cutting waste I’m a native Floridian and as long as I can remember, there’s always been a special relationship between Florida and North Carolina, especially in the heat of summer when some Floridians retreat to the mountains for milder temperatures. Both states nicely combine the gracious hospitality of Southern [...]

Is Congress trying to dim our energy future?

“One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing is to supply light and not heat.” – Woodrow Wilson The past couple of weeks have seen heat grip the nation’s capital both literally and in debate. Unbelievably – and despite growing economic uncertainty, a mounting debt crisis and multiple overseas military operations – [...]

Offshore Wind Blowing into a Town Near You

Recently, an important piece of legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate: an investment tax credit to support the development of offshore wind energy. Specifically, the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act would provide a tax break to develop up to 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy. Such an important piece of legislation could really help [...]

Can the wind be harnessed in Kentucky?

Bracken and Mason counties in Northeastern Kentucky (not far from Cincinnati, Ohio) could become home to Kentucky’s first wind farm. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources is studying the location for a possible 100 MW wind farm. The company has meteorological towers at the site to measure the wind resource and will be undergoing a year-long environmental [...]

Knoxville Unveils First Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station

This week the city of Knoxville unveiled its first public charging station for electric vehicles (EVs). The EV project, a joint venture between the U.S. Department of Transportation and ECOtality North America will bring a total of 12 EV charging stations to Knoxville by the end of the year. The 240-volt chargers installed at the [...]

July 14: Japan Update-Considering Phaseout

After four months of dealing with the still ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima-Daiichi facility, disaster stricken Japan is planning a future with less reliance on nuclear power. This week, Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Japan should move toward a nuclear-free energy future. He explained, “We should reduce our dependence in a planned and gradual way, [...]

Proposed Law Would Double Amount of Solar Power Sold in NC by 2018

A bill introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly, aptly titled the Solar Jobs Bill, would require utilities to double the amount of solar power sold to customers in North Carolina by 2018. In addition to pushing the solar industry forward in N.C., the bill would also result in continued job growth in the renewable [...]