NC’s Coal Ash Disaster: 6 Months Later

Six months ago some of our worst fears became true (for a second time) when 140,000 tons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina. As the spill continued for almost 2 weeks, a dark grey plume travelled 70 miles downstream threatening drinking water supplies and the river’s [...]

Ala. PSC’s Twinkle “Queen of Coal” Cavanaugh intentionally misleads public on television interview

There is a famous saying by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” This morning, Twinkle Cavanaugh, chair of the Alabama Public Service Commission, yet again displayed her blatant disregard for facts, and for Alabamian citizens, in a TV appearance on MyFox Alabama (WBRC-TV [...]

Hypocrisy and Cronyism in the ‘Sunshine’ State

This guest post is written by Brian Holton Henderson, and was originally published on Huff Post Green on July 16, 2014. You can access the original post here. If the rhetoric is to be believed, Florida is a bountiful garden of sustainable energy production. The state Public Service Commission recently reported that the utility grid is [...]

Packed House at EPA’s Atlanta Hearing on Carbon Rules

 Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency began two days of public hearings in Atlanta to gather public input on its proposed Clean Power Plan.  Originally planned as a one-day hearing, EPA added an additional day to accommodate the overwhelming amount of requests from people wanting to weigh in on the first ever proposed carbon pollution limits [...]

SACE urges regulators not to dial back energy-savings goals in Florida

This coverage and Susan Glickman’s opinion-editorial ran in the Orlando Sentinel on July 25, 2014 and can be viewed in its entirety here. Front Burner: Dial back energy-savings goals?  Sparks flew in Tallahassee this week as representatives of electric utilities and conservation advocates faced off over the future of the state’s energy-savings requirements for power companies. Utilities [...]

The Heat is On: SACE and other advocates to support carbon limits at EPA’s hearings next week

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin holding public hearings to collect comments on their proposed rule, the Clean Power Plan, which calls for reductions in carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030, as well as reductions in soot and smog-forming pollutants.  The rule [...]

Florida Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Goals are Weak

Update: Click here to listen to an in-depth interview with SACE’s Florida Director, Susan Glickman, about how Florida’s giant private utility companies are pushing to cut back on their energy conservation programs this week at the Florida Public Service Commission hearings. Today is day three of the energy efficiency goal-setting proceeding in Florida. If you have [...]

Southeast Summer Coal Ash Roundup

Since the Dan River disaster hit almost 6 months ago, North Carolina has been front and center in coal ash news. So much so that it might seem that NC is the only Southeastern state with coal ash troubles. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s dangerous coal ash sites are not unique in the region, which is home [...]

Breakfast of Efficiency Champions: A Panel Discussion on Energy Efficiency in the Southeast and the Impact of the Clean Power Plan

On a near-perfect day for a summertime conference in Atlanta, with cooler-than-usual temperatures and not a drop of rain, I had the pleasure of attending the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance‘s (SEEA’s) recent quarterly breakfast meeting. The July 16 event featured a panel discussion covering topics ranging from state building-code adoption and compliance, to the politics [...]

Gina McCarthy, the Power Plant Carbon Standards, and Reducing the Risks of Power Outages

This is a guest post by John Rogers, senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and co-manager of the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3) that looks at water demands of energy production in the context of climate change. SACE is an active partner with UCS on this critical [...]