Tr-Ash Talk: State of Failure

The following is a re-post of a piece originally published here and written by Raviya Ismail of Earthjustice. This post reports on the failure of states to properly regulate coal ash and identifies 12 states as particularly bad offenders. Half of those states–Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee–are right here in our [...]

A Perspective On Helping Japan Disaster Victims

Note from SACE High Risk Energy Choices program director, Sara Barczak: SACE Intern Jeannie McKinney authored this guest blog. She is working in our Knoxville, TN office on energy efficiency policy. Prior to her internship, she was living in Japan and thus provides a unique perspective on the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster. Jeannie will provide [...]

Extreme Weather: What is in Store? Who is to Blame?

This blog was co-authored by Amy Vaden. It certainly seems that extreme weather events are becoming more commonplace. Scientific American recently reported that 2011 saw the sixth-highest number of tornado-related deaths ever recorded, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a big hurricane season as well. This week, Hurricane Irene threatens the eastern [...]

Earthquake Aftershocks

–SACE’s High Risk Energy Organizer, Mandy Hancock, co-authored this blog Earlier this week a rare, unexpected 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Mineral, Virginia and its tremors were felt for hundreds of miles as far away as New York, Ohio, and the Carolinas (see a few maps here). Fortunately, only minor damage was recorded in most areas. [...]

Sit In, Stand Up: Tar Sands Expansion Gets National Attention

UPDATE: on Friday, August 26, the U.S. State Department released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project despite concerns from EPA and growing protests by environmental groups. Although the EIS offers a green light to the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline to carry heavy oil from Canada across the Great Plains to the [...]

Green Job Training in the Southeast

Recently, it seems that every politician has the exact same top three priorities: Jobs, Jobs and Jobs. Some of those jobs can come in the form of green jobs. Green jobs vary from manufacturing and construction to sales and consulting. Apollo Alliance, a coalition of business, labor and environmental groups championing green employment defines a green [...]

The Intermittency of Fossil Fuels

You’ve likely heard this argument before: “The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine, so we can’t rely on renewable energy.” However, a series of recent events undermine the false dichotomy that renewable energies are unreliable and that coal, nuclear and natural gas are reliable. There are too many reasons to list [...]

Utility CEO Speaks Truth

I wanted to share with you an article I read by Don Shelby of minnpost.com.  The piece, “Rising from meter-reader to CEO, Xcel’s Dick Kelly has sound perspective on the environment,” is refreshing because we get to see a utility executive who clearly understands the long-term impact his employer has on the environment. Kelly is [...]

TVA Gambles on Bellefonte Nuclear Reactors

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has long been concerned with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) push to add more nuclear reactors to their energy mix in spite of readily available energy efficiency and renewable energy alternatives. But TVA’s dogged pursuit to complete the nearly forty-year-old, antiquated Bellefonte site in Alabama is a unique and especially [...]

Energy Efficiency in Mississippi

On August 4, the Mississippi Public Service Commission took a huge step forward in supporting energy efficiency by issuing an order proposing energy efficiency programs and standards. Prior to this order, the state did not have any utility efficiency regulations in place. The order comes after the Commission opened a docket (2010-AD-2) to investigate developing [...]