The EPA market manipulation switcheroo

This guest blog was written by Tyson Slocum, the director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, and was originally published on May 30 in The Hill. There is a long history of using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules as a catch-all conduit of culpability, a slight-of-hand smokescreen useful for setting up the agency as the dupe to mask the [...]

The Chamber is Wrong Again: Carbon Pollution Limits Will Lower Electricity Bills by Billions of Dollars, and Generate Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, Not the Reverse

This blog was written by Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist at the Climate Center of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington DC and was originally published on May 28 via NRDC’s blog Switchboard.  There they go again. Any time there’s a proposal to clean up air or water pollution, you can bet the US Chamber of Commerce will [...]

Thirsty Vogtle nuclear reactors would guzzle more water from the Savannah River

Southern Company’s water-hogging Plant Vogtle aims to get even thirstier if the proposed two new nuclear reactors under construction receive approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for a large water withdrawal permit from the already imperiled Savannah River. The state agency is considering a permit request for up to 74 million gallons per [...]

Carbon Regulation for Existing Coal Plants On the Horizon

In less than a week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will unveil its first ever carbon pollution standards for existing coal-fired power plants.  These proposed standards are expected to be released on June 2 and, once published in the Federal Register, will be open for public comment.  The ultimate goal is to have final, effective [...]

SACE Runs on Solar in Asheville

A little over two years after installing a 9.6 kW-dc solar system at SACE’s headquarters in Knoxville, TN, we’ve now got the Asheville office running on solar power from a 7.8 kW-dc (6.9 kW-ac) system, as well! Asheville’s installation was officially interconnected to the Duke Energy Progress grid on May 2, 2014. The system provides [...]

Time for Rick Scott to take climate change seriously

This blog is a guest post written by Kristin Jacobs and Cindy Lerner and was originally published in Florida’s Sun Sentinel on May 23, 2014 and can be viewed here if you have a subscription to the paper. Earlier this month, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the 2014 National Climate Assessment, an important report [...]

EPA Finalizes Power Plant Water Intake Rules To Save Billions Of Aquatic Animals Every Year

This guest piece was written by Ari Phillips and originally published on ThinkProgress’ Climate section on May 20, 2014. On Monday [May 19, 2014], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized standards to try to protect the estimated 2.1 billion fish, crabs, and shrimp that are killed annually by being drawn into cooling water systems at large [...]

FPL a Leader on Solar Energy?

In a recent blog post, I questioned FPL’s leadership on solar power and the scale and design of a recently announced voluntary “community-based” solar program. In a response letter, the Company took offense to the blog – calling it misleading. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Company’s responses to the blog and come [...]

Georgia Power has Gone with the Wind

This morning, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved the state’s first wind farm proposal. About a year ago, Georgia Power announced that it signed a power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables for 250 megawatts of wind power from Oklahoma. With today’s decision, wind energy from the Plains will make its way to the Peach State early next year.

A Mother’s Missive: Asthmatic Children, Bad Air Days and Carbon Pollution

May is synonymous with Mother’s Day, but it’s also Asthma Awareness Month. So in honor of the 25.5 million Americans with asthma, I decided to share my personal ‘coping with asthma’ story. You see, my daughter is one of 7 million children in the United States who lives with asthma, a chronic respiratory disease that can leave her wheezing, breathless [...]