2013: The Year in Review

Seasons greetings from all of us here at SACE!  Before we take some time to enjoy the holiday season, we wanted to pause and celebrate our accomplishments over the last year.  We couldn’t have done it without your support! It’s been a great year across the Southeast for much of our important work.  We’ve seen [...]

4 Reasons to Celebrate Clean Energy in Alabama in 2013

  If you were around Birmingham in late November, you probably heard about (or came to) Renew Alabama: A Night of Positive Energy. Nearly 150 people stopped by Avondale Brewing Company to meet fellow clean energy fans, and celebrate Alabama’s energy progress and potential over a pint and some great dancing music. What were we [...]

Fact Check: Nuclear Proponent Stumbles with Attacks on Wind Power’s Efficiency

The Energy Collective blog recently carried a column, “Limitations of Unreliable Energy Sources, aka ‘Renewables,’” by Rod Adams, a longtime nuclear power advocate and critic of competing energy sources. In his column, Mr. Adams repeats a number of false statements about wind power. When corrected, his claims actually highlight a number of ways in which wind energy’s efficiency is superior to that of other energy sources.

What’s baking? And why the EPA’s Energy Star wants to know …

No, federal energy officials are not baking fruitcakes for Christmas. But when their little project is done, some thrifty confectioners might just do a little celebrating! I recently stumbled across this odd little announcement from the American Bakers Association (ABA) simply called, “Got Data??” To better depict the current status of the baking industry, ABA [...]

Five years since Kingston: Perry County, Alabama’s Toxic Tragedy

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Kingston coal ash spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in American history. In the weeks leading up to the anniversary, we have been posting a series of blogs highlighting communities throughout the Southeast impacted by coal ash and its detrimental effects. Thanks to the residents of Perry County, Alabama [...]

Privatizing Bellefonte: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

You might think that if some prominent power brokers pitched a plan that promised to shut down more than twenty coal-fired power plants owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, that an organization like the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy might sign on without hesitation. But we did hesitate, and what we have found as we [...]

Two is Better Than One: SC Public Service Commissioners Support Efficiency for the Holidays

The South Carolina Public Service Commission affirmed its support for energy efficiency twice during the holiday season! First by approving South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G)’s financial incentive and energy efficiency programs, and then by approving Duke Energy’s financial incentive and programs. Both SCE&G and Duke Energy will be saving South Carolinians energy for years [...]

New NAACP report touts energy equity opportunities

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) released a new report this week,  Just Energy Policies,  profiling energy policies that can help reform energy production and use in the U.S., and highlighting the opportunities they provide to improve equity and economic growth in communities of color. The report includes state summaries detailing which [...]

Four Ways Your Actions Can Help Combat Sea Level Rise

This post is the fifth and final 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 [...]

Sutton Case Study: Coal Ash Harms and Kills Fish

A new study released on December 3, 2013, shows that toxic coal ash from Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Station is seriously harming fish and wildlife in Lake Sutton, a popular fishing destination near Wilmington, NC. Unfortunately, this is just the most recent addition to the growing body of evidence that coal ash is leaking into [...]