Power Outages, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change: How Smart Energy Choices Will Help Keep the Lights On

On April 29, SACE’s High Risk Energy Program Director, Ulla Reeves presented on the topics covered in this blog to the first-ever Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference in Charlotte, NC.  This blog post was originally published on The Equation, the Union of Concerned Scientist’s blog on independent science and practical solutions by Steve Clemmer, UCS’ director [...]

Breaking News: Supreme Court Upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule!

After a trip through the United States’ court system that brought it all the way to the Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) friendly ghost of interstate air pollution is alive and well.  Today, the Supreme Court upheld EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (known by its acronym CSAPR – pronounced un-intuitively as “Casper”) marking [...]

Secret sweetheart deal for Georgia nuclear reactors puts taxpayers at risk

Earlier this week, shocking news was released regarding $6.5 billion in taxpayer-backed federal loan guarantees for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia. Two partners in the project, Georgia Power (subsidiary of Southern Co.) and Oglethorpe Power, had to pay $0, zip, nothing for something known as the “credit subsidy fee” — essentially [...]

Wind Industry Creates Jobs in Georgia, But Not All Is Peachy Keen

With great business incentives, Georgia is an attractive location for manufacturing companies to set up shop and wind energy is no exception. The Peach State is currently home to over 20 wind energy component manufacturing facilities. As Georgia prepares for wind energy development in the state, these companies have already formed to help service the domestic and international wind industry markets.

Pressure Mounts for Duke Energy Coal Ash Cleanup

Since the Dan River coal ash disaster began, North Carolina seems to have become the epicenter in the fight to clean up coal ash dumpsites. All eyes are on Duke Energy and state officials as clean water, public health and environmental justice advocates across the country follow the latest developments and press for strong, comprehensive [...]

FPL’s Solar Plan: It’s a Joke, But It’s Not Funny

I live and work in south Florida and have been a clean energy advocate for well over a decade. During that time, Florida’s families and businesses have overwhelmingly supported more solar power in Florida’s energy mix. Yet, the Sunshine State’s elected leaders and biggest power companies have failed to deliver on the desire for more [...]

Georgia Buoys Offshore Wind Power

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) just recently released a “finding of no significant impact” for Southern Company’s proposed offshore wind energy study equipment. The draft environmental assessment found that a meteorological tower or buoys offshore Georgia would have negligible environmental impacts.

Duke Energy’s Commitment to Overspend on Coal Plants

Duke Energy is banking on charging customers in the Carolinas an estimated $7.7 billion just to keep its existing fleet of coal plants running. For at least thirteen of those units (at 5 plants), however, it is pretty clear that the additional investment is not worthwhile, and Duke Energy should change its plans. What’s worse, [...]

Toxic Mercury Pollution Limits Survive Major Court Challenge

This guest post was originally published by Environmental Defense Fund on its Climate 411 blog and was co-authored by Pamela Campos, EDF attorney, and Mandy Warner, EDF Climate & Air Policy Specialist.  Find the original EDF blog post here.  Some environmental threats are hard to explain. Toxic mercury is not. A dangerous neurotoxin that threatens young children, [...]

New Round of IPCC Reports Keep the Climate Drum Beating

The latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out this month on the impacts of climate change, how to adapt to those impacts, and how we must reduce greenhouse gas pollution. These two reports compliment the IPCC’s report last fall on the latest physical science of climate change. All three reports, respectively [...]