I’m attending Offshore WINDPOWER, are you?

This year, the American Wind Energy Association and the Offshore Wind Development Coalition are hosting their Offshore WINDPOWER conference in Providence, Rhode Island on October 22-23. This annual event usually draws about 1,000 participants from all over the world so they can “learn more about technological advancements, hear first-hand how the U.S. government is successfully advancing offshore energy development, and network with top-tier developers, government agency representatives, and many other industry leaders making offshore wind energy news.” If you’re working with the industry, or just interested in offshore wind energy, you should absolutely plan on attending this event. (Tip: Even though the conference officially starts on Oct. 22, you should really plan on arriving earlier on Oct. 21 to take advantage of the U.S. Offshore Wind Market and Supply Chain Workshop at 1PM and an evening reception later that day.)

What do bridges have in common with renewable energy?

While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, there are certainly a lot of beholders that want more wind energy. A recent Gallup poll shows that 65 percent of Southerners believe the U.S. should place “more emphasis” on domestic wind energy production (in regions where wind farms are familiar sights, support rises to 75%). Perhaps when people see wind farms, they realize how beautiful they really can be.

Drive an Electric Vehicle This Weekend for National Plug In Day

Want more first hand experience with an electric vehicle?  Well, this weekend is a great time to get behind the wheel and try one out for yourself during National Plug In Day.  Events are happening all around the region in Atlanta, Charlotte, Huntsville and multiple locations in Tennessee and Florida.  A full listing can be [...]

Boosting Renewable Energy to 25% of Electricity Supply in Western U.S. Would Cut Pollution, Save Billions

The Western U.S. could reap huge benefits in pollution savings and reduced spending on fossil fuels by installing more wind and solar power plants, according to a comprehensive new analysis released today by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The study found that obtaining 25 percent of electricity in the Western U.S. from renewable energy will reduce carbon dioxide pollution by up to 34 percent and save $7 billion annually in fossil fuel costs.

The Science on Climate is Still Clear, Now What Do We Do?

SACE Director of Policy & Communications Jennifer Rennicks contributed to this blogpost. Hundreds of scientists are wrapping up a week-long meeting in Stockholm, Sweden where they gathered to discuss and release the first phase of the highly anticipated 5th Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These Assessment Reports are widely considered [...]

Southeast Coal Roundup – Duke and Other Southeast Utilities

Across our region, utilities are announcing idling or retirement of their older, uncontrolled coal units and embracing futures with less coal and more renewables in their long term generation planning.  First we brought you the story of coal’s decline in the TVA service territory.  Last week we followed up with a look at the future [...]

EPA Announces Limits to Greenhouse Gas Emissions on New Power Plants

This Guest Post was written by Laura Beans and was originally posted on EcoWatch.com The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed carbon emissions standards for new power plants [on Friday, Sept. 20]. The Clean Air Act standards are an effort to combat climate change and improve public health, according to the U.S. EPA’s press release. [...]

FPL wins, Floridians lose and why is FPL still pursuing new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point?

Yesterday the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) staff issued their recommendation in the 2013 nuclear cost recovery clause docket and it unfortunately reflects business-as-usual despite an attempted fix passed earlier this year by the Florida Legislature to the flawed nuclear cost recovery law (Florida’s “nuclear tax”). The big power company, namely FPL, wins to the tune of [...]

Are electric vehicles REAL cars?

This blog is part of a series on electric vehicles. Other blogs in this series include: “Ecotality Blinks Out, But EVs Still Going,” ” Electric Vehicle Range – Problem Solved,” and more yet to come. Anne Blair, our Clean Fuels Director, contributed to this post. Please follow her at the EV & Hybrid Technology conference [...]

Southeast River Runs Part 10: Five things you can do to stop coal ash pollution

This is the tenth and final blog in a series featuring rivers of the Southeast endangered by toxic coal ash pollution. The rest of the series can be found here. Many thanks to all the Riverkeepers who helped with our series.  “Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us as a people. They nourish [...]