Breezy for the Big Easy: Wind Power for Louisiana

Although Louisiana has yet to develop a wind farm, the state is already taking advantage of the wind industry. SWEPCO, an electric utility in northwestern Louisiana, is currently purchasing approximately 469 MW of wind power from the Great Plains. Wind farm developers are also interested in building the state’s first wind farm.

Conservative, Free Market Response to Climate

Former Congressman Bob Inglis is back in the spotlight as he’s featured in the new documentary, Merchants of Doubt. As summarized in a Dallas Observer movie review, even after losing his South Carolina Congressional seat, Inglis continues to “press the conservative case for not recklessly destroying the world. The film’s most upsetting scene finds Inglis attempting […]

Massive Wind Power Opportunities for Tennessee

Tennessee is home to the Southeast’s first wind farm, the Buffalo Mountain wind project. This wind farm was installed nearly a decade ago and is still meeting performance goals and expectations. Several other wind farms have been proposed in Tennessee. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Valley Authority is currently purchasing over 1,500 megawatts of wind power from the upper-Plains states. High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission projects, like the Plains and Eastern project, would inject thousands of megawatts of new high quality, low cost wind power for the Volunteer State.

While state officials fight it, North Carolina continues down Clean Power path

This guest blog, authored by Luis Martinez, was originally posted on NRDC’s Switchboard Blog. New analysis by the Natural Resource Defense Council shows that North Carolina’s Clean Energy Future is strong. Our analysis shows that by continuing its transition away from coal and meeting the requirements of its clean energy standard, North Carolina will achieve […]

Charleston, SC Says No To Offshore Drilling and Seismic Testing

Last night, the City Council of Charleston, South Carolina passed a resolution to oppose offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic. The resolution is timely as the U.S. Department of Interior has recently proposed opening the Atlantic to offshore drilling and is seeking comments on the proposal until Tuesday, March 30. Charleston’s resolution will […]

The Burden: What solar can do to lift it

Solar is a matter of national security and saving lives. This statement may sound like a dramatic hyperbole, but it’s not. Dependence upon oil is one of the costliest and deadliest threats that the U.S. military currently faces, and development of clean energy, such as solar, is key to reducing this threat and keeping our men and women in uniform safe. That’s the truth, not an exaggeration.

TVA 2015 Draft IRP Views Clean Energy Through a Blurred Lens

If you’re like me, you are nostalgic for the days when the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) brought innovation, increased economic development and low-cost energy to the Tennessee Valley.  TVA’s recently released draft 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) outlines five alternate energy scenarios under which TVA could implement various resource planning strategies to meet both short- and […]

Driving on Sunshine: Get Charged Up in Asheville!

As part of SACE’s ongoing commitment and efforts to demonstrate clean energy technology, we have now installed a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station at our Asheville office. The unit is a GE Durastation dual cord EV charger installed in partnership with Brightfield Transportation Solutions.  The level 2 charging station is capable of charging a vehicle […]

Wind Turbine Pair Installed on Paris’ Eiffel Tower

This post is part of the “Prelude to Paris” series highlighting updates and analysis on international climate negotiations in the lead up to the United Nations climate change conference – the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) — to be held in Paris this December. Other posts in the series are available here. Paris, […]

Taller Turbines: Big win(d) for Georgia

New wind speeds maps released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrate the greatly increased potential for wind turbine development in Georgia with advanced turbines. As wind turbines increase in height, Georgia contains a much greater area of land viable for development. The shading on the map below represents new available land for wind development with modern turbine towers of 360 feet (110 meters) achieving a 35% capacity factor or greater. With these turbines, over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of land-based wind potential currently exists in Georgia.