Tesla needs dirt cheap power to charge PowerWall and PowerPack, but from where?

On the evening of February 19th, wind power in Texas reached a new record: the statewide capacity factor for all wind farms reached 83%. So much wind power was being supplied that Texas’ grid operator that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reported wholesale electricity prices reached near zero and, in some cases, rates went negative. Using the lowest cost energy resource available is vitally important to battery economics. Without low-cost wind power, utilities may shy away from Tesla’s battery system.

TVA 2015 IRP Public Comment Period Closes – What’s Next?

While the scope of TVA’s IRP process has been unprecedented in the Southeast, some significant gaps between the IRP planning intent and recent decisions by TVA’s management and Board of Directors still exist. Even as electric demand growth has slowed to only 1% per year, TVA’s capital budget for 2015 is a record $3.5 billion. While TVA claimed that these decisions (below) were consistent with the 2011 IRP, this capacity expansion policy exists concurrently with TVA’s failure to invest in energy efficiency and meet the modest energy efficiency commitments made in the 2011 TVA IRP.

Nirvana Fallacy: Must Wind Energy be 100%?

Nirvana Fallacies are ways to justify the status quo. Put another way, the “Perfect is the enemy of the Good.” In some bizarre sense, these fallacies implicitly claim that wind energy is worse than the status quo; and that therefore, fossil fuels are somehow the best option. Wind energy may not be perfect (no energy resource is perfect), but it certainly is lightyears ahead of the status quo.

Congressman Sanford Stands With the Coast, Rejects Offshore Drillling This Morning

This morning, Congressman Mark Sanford hosted a press conference where he clearly announced firm opposition to offshore drilling and exploration for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast, thus aligning  with the sentiment of local coastal communities. Sanford expressed that the cost of the industry outweighs its potential benefits and that it is not a fitting industry […]

A Bright, Sunny Forecast for the Tennessee Valley

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is farsighted, not shortsighted, when it comes to its efforts to evaluate and plan for solar power in its future. The 2015 Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) provides the clearest, sharpest look ever by a Southeastern utility at solar energy as a resource – and not a threat – to this amazing, clean energy opportunity. […]

Southeast Utility-Scale Solar: Cost-Effective for Customers

The Southeast is seeing a growing trend towards major utility-scale solar PPAs in the past few years. These deals are great for customers, because the prices are so low that they are helping utilities lock in cost savings over the long term. They are great for the utilities, because solar power is a reliable source […]

Duke fines for coal ash pile up, but the ash piles don’t shrink

Duke Energy is under a lot of pressure these days. Coal ash has become a serious financial and public relations liability for the corporation, yet so far, the nation’s largest utility isn’t planning to adequately clean up its mess across the Southeast. The impacts of coal ash on communities and waterways continue, and the price […]

Wind Powers Jobs in Alabama

This is the second of eleven blogs in a series where the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will highlight states throughout our region and their opportunities for wind energy development in advance of AWEA’s annual WINDPOWER conference to be held in Orlando, Florida in May.

An Earth Day Action That Matters

It is of enormous significance that President Barack Obama is coming to Florida for Earth Day. He can go anywhere in the county, or world, and yet he chooses to come here and underscore the biggest challenge facing the US and the world. On Wednesday, he will visit a Florida icon – the proverbial ‘canary […]

Could States Benefit From Revenue Sharing in the Atlantic?

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and in the lead up to Hands Across the Sand on May 16, SACE is publishing a blog series highlighting some of the issues that Atlantic coastal communities may face in the process of the U.S. Department of Interior’s misguided attempt to open the Atlantic […]