Five years since Kingston: Juliette, Georgia still waiting for solutions

Four weeks from now marks the fifth anniversary of the Kingston coal ash spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in American history. Leading up to the anniversary we are  posting a series of blogs highlighting communities throughout the Southeast impacted by  coal ash and its detrimental effects. The rest of the series can be found here. Thanks [...]

Exploring biocarbon: The road less traveled in climate policy

This past summer, President Obama gave a speech on climate that was noteworthy for several reasons. Perhaps the most impressive moments were when he appealed to all of us citizens to step-up. But there was a major omission in the speech and the plan — the biosphere and the healing potential of biocarbon! With broad effort and careful management of biocarbon, we might actually reverse the rise from 350 to 400 ppm.

Wind Energy Has Given Us Something To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Clean energy and energy independence are always on our minds, so it seems only fitting that this Thanksgiving we take a look at how far we’ve come in developing renewable energy in our nation. Here’s a great blog from our friends at Moms Clean Air Force. You can view the original post here. Wind energy [...]

Clemson Wind Turbine Testing Facility Opens in North Charleston

Yesterday was the grand opening of the Clemson University Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility, the biggest and most advanced test center of its kind in the world. SACE was a sponsor of the event had the pleasure of sending a small team to attend. The facility will test advanced wind turbines by simulating field conditions [...]

Santee Cooper Leads South in Cleaning Up Coal Ash Waste

For almost half a century Santee Cooper dumped coal ash in unlined pits at its Grainger Power Station in Conway, South Carolina. This ash pollutes the Waccamaw River with high levels of arsenic and other toxic heavy metals, prompting SACE and other conservation groups to file suit against the utility for violating the federal Clean Water [...]

Net Metering: Reverse Robin Hood…Really?

I just returned from the 125th Annual Meeting of NARUC, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, held this year in Orlando, FL.  The agenda touched on a vast range of issues facing the energy sector.  A good deal of discussion was devoted to what’s been termed the “net metering fuss”- concerns over net metering [...]

Who made Georgia’s Dirty Dozen list? Coal and nuclear plants, that’s who!

Last week Georgia’s leading water protection group, the Georgia Water Coalition, of which Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is an active partner, announced the “Dirty Dozen” for 2013, highlighting 12 of the year’s worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen report shines a spotlight on state policies and failures that ultimately harm [...]

Big Coal Retirements Announced at TVA Board of Directors Meeting

At today’s Board of Directors’ meeting in Oxford, MS, TVA announced that it will be retiring 3,308 MWs of coal capacity from 3 plants.  SACE welcomes this announcement as it signals a real movement away from dirty, coal-fired energy and toward cleaner, renewable energy across the Tennessee Valley. It is increasingly clear that coal is [...]

Five years since Kingston: Communities still waiting for solutions

Six weeks from now marks the fifth anniversary of the Kingston coal ash disaster, one of the worst environmental catastrophes in American history. In the coming weeks, we will post a series of blogs highlighting communities throughout the Southeast impacted by  coal ash and its detrimental effects. The rest of the series can be found here. Thanks [...]

Southern Leadership on Sea Level Rise

This post is the third 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. In [...]