Meeting power needs with less coal in Georgia

Ulla Reeves, SACE’s Regional Program Director, contributed to and edited this blog. On January 7, Georgia Power Co. announced that it would shutter 15 generating units – about 2,000 megawatts (MW) or 2 gigawatts (GW) of coal and oil  capacity – as part of the three-year “Integrated Resource Plan” it will file with the Public [...]

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Solar in 2012 and an Outlook for 2013

There were good, bad, and ugly things happening in the solar industry in 2012, and though more of the same can be expected in 2013, it may end up being the year that the solar industry evolves out of the growing pains of a young industry and into a more mature and balanced market. Solar [...]

Southeast Coal Exports: A Climate Shell Game?

Ulla Reeves, SACE’s Regional Program Director edited and contributed to this post. What has long been thought of as an energy issue primarily affecting the Pacific Northwest is now making its way to the Southeast: coal exportation.  While the exportation of coal out of Southeastern ports is nothing new, all signs appear to point to [...]

Wind turning heads in Alabama: turbines next?

Onshore wind power can work and be profitable in Alabama. That’s according to Pioneer Green Energy, the experienced wind energy developer behind the Shinbone Wind Energy Center proposed near Gadsden, in northeastern Alabama. The project will sell 18.4 MW of electric capacity to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), roughly equivalent to 2/3 of the total electricity used by homes in the county where the project is located.

Offshore Wind Progressing in North Carolina

Things are moving in the realm of offshore wind energy in North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently announced that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment for three large areas off of North Carolina’s coast in preparation for potential wind energy development and has asked for input on these areas. The environmental assessment (EA) will consider the environmental effects associated with the initial stages of site assessment and research leading up to wind farm development, for example geological and geophysical surveys and biological surveys.

The Georgia Power Solar Play

SACE applauds Georgia Power Company (GPC) for developing new opportunities to support the state’s solar industry and for demonstrating cost competitiveness of solar technology in a part of the country that boasts below-average electricity prices. GPC’s proposed Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative, (GPASI) was unanimously approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) on November [...]

Geauxing Solar in South Louisiana

My family and I moved to Lafayette, Louisiana a little over a year ago. We were pleasantly surprised to find out Louisiana has some of the best solar incentives in the country, and were eager to install a solar panel system on our home. The process started out similar to just about any other large purchase – we did our research, and got estimates from several solar installation companies. We asked the installers about their competition and why they were the best for the job – just like any other contractor or car dealer. However, we decided to hold off for a year, in good part because it appeared that the solar photovoltaics industry was in price free-fall in 2011; and, if we just waited, we could get more solar energy for the same price. After that year, I just contacted our former installers again and they all gave me updated quotes within a week.

New Report Confirms Black Carbon Significant to Climate Change: Diesel Engines Best Target

A striking new report was released yesterday showing diesel pollution’s significance in climate change.  In fact, the report shows that black carbon is the second most important individual climate-warming agent after carbon dioxide (CO2) and a much more potent source than previously reported. Black Carbon (BC) results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuels and biomass. [...]

Open Letter to Sens. Corker and Alexander on TVA Board Nominations

Update: On February 7, 2013 the organizations on this letter received a response from Senator Corker’s office; the letter can be viewed here. We have still received no response from Senator Alexander’s office. January 11, 2013 The Honorable Robert Corker & Honorable Lamar Alexander United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senators Alexander and Corker, [...]

New Report: Global Warming Undeniable, Extreme Weather Getting Worse

This post was coauthored by SACE Policy & Communications Director, Jennifer Rennicks. The draft of the newest National Climate Assessment (NCA) report was officially made available today, and the findings for this third climate assessment aren’t comforting: Climate change is already affecting the American people. Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or [...]