Identifying Nuclear Reactors in Google Earth

This blog is one of a series on ways to identify power sources in Google Earth. To use all the features discussed in these blogs, download Google Earth, here.

Nuclear power plants tend to be one of the more iconic and easily recognizable forms of electric power generation. The most easily identifiable portion of a nuclear power plant is usually its cooling towers – not the reactor itself.

A Changing Climate and a Changing Public

This post, written by Southern Energy Network’s Communications Fellow Simone Domingue, first appeared on SEN’s blog. You can find the original post here. “A Climate of Change” read one of the Saturday headlines of the Huffington Post last November. The article read that a recent Rasmussen poll concluded that 68% of Americans recognize climate change [...]

Japan Continues Struggle with Aftermath from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

As 2012 draws to a close, evaluating the ongoing effects of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on the people of Japan is a difficult and depressing task. After having fled their homes due to the tsunami and resulting triple nuclear meltdown, 21 months later an estimated 160,000 citizens still have not returned home. [...]

Identifying Coal Power Plants Using Google Earth

Coal power plants are probably the easiest to identify in Google Earth. Generally, coal plants have four major features that are pretty easily identifiable – a huge coal pile, smoke stacks (you usually have to look for the shadows cast by these towers), a major water body nearby (for transporting coal, cooling and intake water), and a generation station.

Letting the Coal Ash Settle: The Kingston Disaster 4 Years Later

Just before 1 a.m. on Monday, December 22, 2008, TVA’s coal ash impoundment at its Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, TN ruptured and spilled 1.1 billion gallons (5.4 million cubic yards) of toxic coal ash into the surrounding community and waterways – covering more than 300 acres of land and water.  After the dust (or [...]

Efficiency from the halls of Congress to the halls of your home

On Tuesday, December 18, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation that should drive modest advances in energy efficiency by modifying appliance efficiency standards and boosting efficiency efforts by industry and the federal government. The bill, HR 6582, amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. It’s a great reminder that some energy issues can see progress [...]

Southeast Florida Prepares for a Warming World

Another year is almost over and the southeast region of Florida seems to be another year wiser when it comes to planning for climate change.  The 4th annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held in Jupiter, Florida, December 6 – 7 and by all accounts the region’s local governments are showing wisdom in [...]

Is North Carolinas renewable energy law in jeopardy?

This guest post, by Sue Sturgis, originally appeared on the Institute for Southern Studies’ Facing South blog on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 and is re-posted here with permission. In 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to pass a law requiring investor-owned utilities to produce more energy from cleaner sources or from [...]

Georgia Puts Toes in the Water for Offshore Wind Energy

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for a potential  meteorological data collection facility offshore from Tybee Island, Georgia. The EA is the next step in advancing Southern Company’s potential plans for building meteorological tower and/or meteorological buoy to gather data to help determine the feasibility of [...]

New Soot Standards Bring Cheer for the New Year

You know what’s the best holiday gift of all–the promise of cleaner air!  Today, after years of delay, a legal battle and facing a court-ordered deadline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued updated major new air standards (known as National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5 or “soot”).  Particulate matter is emitted from various [...]