A Very Scary Coal Ash Story

Looking for a scary Halloween story? Well you’ve come to the right place for a tale that will chill your bones and leave you questioning all you once thought true. While your typical ghost story always has a spooky setting (an empty stretch of highway in a rainstorm, or a cemetery at midnight…), hinting at the [...]

Duke Energy’s New Energy Savings Incentive Benefits Consumers and Cuts Energy Waste

Yesterday, the North Carolina Utilities Commission approved Duke Energy’s new energy efficiency financial incentive. With the order, Duke Energy will shift away from the Modified Save-A-Watt pilot that was approved in 2009, to a more common shared savings model. By adopting the shared savings incentive, the North Carolina Utilities Commission and their support confirmed their [...]

Protecting our kids: Asheville residents call for limits to carbon pollution

Tonight, dozens of concerned citizens gathered at a Citizens’ Climate Hearing in Asheville, NC to voice support  for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) from new fossil fueled power plants. This event, hosted by the Cathedral of All Souls, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Climate Parents, Sierra Club, Western North Carolina Alliance [...]

Superstorm Sandy’s warning about our future

This is a guest post by Frank Knapp, President and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBC). This was originally posted on the SCSBC blog, UnConflicted, here. Today is the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy that devastated the New York and New Jersey coastal communities.  Sandy wasn’t a hurricane [at [...]

What’s Up with Wind Energy in Alabama?

Alabama has become a hotbed of wind energy activity. At least four different wind farms have been proposed across the Yellowhammer State – from upstate, mid-state and downstate Alabama. Alabama Power is buying 404 megawatts of wind energy from the Plains (enough to supply 3% of the company’s power), and the state’s biggest power company just erected a tiny 4 kilowatt turbine on their headquarters building in Birmingham. The flurry of activity has some people asking, “Why?” Here’s just a few reasons that may help explain the interest. State electric costs are high. The wind is better than estimated. Alabama’s Pro-Business. Wind turbines have dramatically improved. Wind energy costs are predictable.

How High Will the Seas Rise?

This post is the second in a five part blog series on sea level rise, being developed concurrent with the new IPCC climate report, Florida Atlantic University’s Sea Level Rise Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Oct. 16 – 17, and the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on Oct. 29. You can read the other posts here. As [...]

TVA Five Years Later – Lessons Not Learned

This Guest Post was written by Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel for Policy and Legislation at Earthjustice, and originally appeared on Earthjustice’s blog unEARTHED.  You can access the original blog here.  Angela Garrone, SACE’s Southeast Energy Research Attorney, was also part of the group touring the Kingston site with the Society of Environmental Journalists. It’s been almost five [...]

When Are Birds Actually Fish?

The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that buildings and windows may kill up to 976 million birds annually (although the FWS website is down due to the government shutdown, you can access a cached version of its website here). Power lines and electrocution could cause up to 176 million bird deaths. Perhaps up to 50 million birds are killed annually from communications towers, like those used for radios, television or cellphones. And let’s not forget about our furry friends: a study published by the University of Georgia-Athens suggests nearly one billion birds may be killed annually in the United States by cats. It has been estimated that for each megawatt of wind power capacity installed, four birds may be killed. Last year, 60,000 megawatts of capacity at wind farms was operating, suggesting 240,000 birds may be killed for more than 4% of the nation’s electricity. Even if the United States produced 100% of its electricity from wind energy, it seems that wind-related bird deaths would still be just a few percent of total deaths from other human activities. To put this all in perspective, a study performed by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that “Clearly, bird deaths caused by wind turbines are a minute fraction of the total anthropogenic bird deaths—less than 0.003%…”

Touring Sustainable Bioenergy in Virginia

A recent tour of small-scale sustainable bioenergy facilities in Virginia left me feeling proud of the many people making strides to reduce America’s petroleum consumption.

The World Came To Tennessee To Talk About Energy Efficiency

The world came to Tennessee to talk about energy efficiency. What are they saying about it? It’s real; there’s plenty of it; it’s cheap. With attendees from Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and Saudi Arabia this truly was an international gathering. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently hosted their semi-annual “Conference on Energy Efficiency [...]