TVA Approves Shawnee Pollution Controls Instead of Retirement

On Dec. 30, during a special session of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, a decision was finalized to invest significant resources into retrofitting two units at its older, Shawnee coal plant in Paducah, KY. As explained in an earlier SACE blog, TVA had to make a decision concerning Shawnee Units 1 and 4 by December […]

Kingston Ash Landfill Changes Fraught with Concerns

December 30th marked the end of a public comment period around a draft permit for storage of coal ash waste at TVA’s Kingston plant in East Tennessee – the very location of the coal ash tragedy of six years ago. The Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation (TDEC), who must decide to grant or deny TVA’s […]

Solar works for me because we just had twins: Sgt. Dawan Woods

This blog is third in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Click here for other posts in that series. I managed to catch Technical Sergeant Dawan Woods in a brief relaxed moment between his job at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and his other job parenting newborn twins. He was willing to take […]

These Solar Panels Are My Retirement Plan

This blog is second in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Click here for other posts in that series. I met Larry Sinatra, a county government employee, at his suburban Tampa home. He was excited to hop onto the roof to show me his brand-new investment: a 9kW solar photovoltaic system he purchased […]

Tis the Season for Cooking Galore!

This blog was written by SACE Communications Intern, Heather Brinton. Well readers, it’s that time of year again: the time of year when temperatures drop, lights come on earlier, and energy bills go way up. The holidays are upon us and here at SACE we would like to take a minute to share some tips […]

Lighting the Way to Energy Savings and Job Growth in North Carolina

This guest blog was written by Greg Andeck, EDF senior clean energy manager, and Ivan Urlaub, executive director of the NC Sustainable Energy Association and was published here on December 18, 2014.   Rapid declines in the price of light emitting diodes (LED) technology suggest that the next generation of energy efficient lighting – LED bulbs – […]

A Hero for Our Times: Meet Clean Energy Girl

You’ve certainly heard of the Man of Steel (Superman), the Caped Crusader (Batman) and the Amazing Amazon (Wonder Woman) – super heroes possessing extraordinary talents and superhuman powers, dedicated to protecting the public and saving the day. While bridges still occasionally do collapse, people in today’s society are more likely to need saving from the ‘invisible’ […]

Knoxville City Council Approves Resolution in Support of Federal Action on Climate Change

Last night, the Knoxville City Council approved a resolution in support of federal action on climate change, the promotion of clean energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution. The Climate Knoxville network developed and proposed the resolution, which was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Mark Campen and Daniel Brown and Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis. The resolution’s […]

Solar Power is the Next Frontier of Freedom, says Navy Veteran Solar Installer

This blog is the first in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Check here for future posts. Retired Navy SEAL Commander Steve Rutherford is on a mission. “That’s how I view it,” he says. “It’s a mission to liberate people.” He’s not talking about some overseas front, although he certainly […]

Decisions, Decisions at TVA’s Shawnee Coal Plant

As 2014 draws to a close, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been busy working on making an important decision at its Shawnee coal plant in Paducah, KY.  December 9th marked the end of the public comment period for TVA’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine whether or not it should retire or retrofit two coal […]