Taking the fight against Atlantic offshore drilling to Washington

Greetings from the nation’s capital! I am in Washington, D.C. on a trip to talk with Congressmen and Senators from South Carolina about the need to protect the Southeast coast from the impacts of offshore drilling.

How Clean Energy and Birds Can Coexist

Guest blog from Audubon CEO David Yarnold: Clean energy—led by solar and wind power—is expanding quickly both in the U.S. and abroad, thanks to the economic opportunities they present as well as the momentum spurred by the recent Paris Agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable energy is an important way to rein in climate change and its harmful impacts on birds. At the same time, it’s crucial to choose locations for new solar farms, wind turbines, and other installations with consideration for the local habitat and wildlife.

Nuclear power carries extreme, persistent risks

Below is a guest blog post, published with permission, of an opinion editorial by William H. Schlesinger, Dean Emeritus at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, that originally ran in the Charlotte Observer on January 25, 2016. You can find the original publication here. We added the map to this post showing nuclear […]

Time for North Carolina to Support Wind Power

Wind turbine technology has advanced significantly in the past few years, enabling wind farms to sprout up in new areas, particularly in the Southeast. Taller turbines and longer blades are capable of capturing more wind, which results in harnessing more electricity and reducing costs. Even as new wind development promises sustainable economic development in rural counties, in some cases new wind farm proposals are being met with hostility and resistance. North Carolina is a recent example of new turbine technology creating opportunities and opposition, as anti-wind activists use confusion and misinformation to press for wind farm bans that are disguised as regulation.

Solar Jobs are Shining Bright

Over 35,000 new solar jobs were added in North America in 2015, bringing the total count of US solar jobs to over 208,000. This number represents a 20 percent increase from 2014, and 123 percent increase from 2010. One out of every 83 jobs created in 2015 across the whole United States was a solar job…

Putting the “modern” in Duke Energy’s modernization plan

On January 26, in Asheville, our communities will have their only chance to speak on Duke Energy’s plans for Western North Carolina at a public hearing of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. This is the final chapter in a long campaign that has brought our communities together in the fight for a smarter, cleaner energy future.

Green Spirit Awards: Cheers to North Carolina brewery, winery and distillery

As a native North Carolinian, I’m proud to report on the explosive ‘spirit’ industry located in state made up of breweries, wineries and distilleries. The hardest part of writing this post was picking winners amongst hundreds of awesome businesses going the extra mile to create uniquely delicious beverages while keeping a watchful eye to their energy consumption, water usage and overall impact on their local economies. I hope you’ll support these fine establishments, if you ever find yourself in the Old North State. First up, beer!

Offsetting Natural Gas with Solar at the SC Court of Appeals

Last Thursday, SACE and partner groups Coastal Conservation League and Southern Environmental Law Center, were at the South Carolina Court of Appeals to continue trying to save electric customers money and reduce the environmental impacts of electricity generation in a no-regrets solar deployment strategy. In response to Duke Energy’s proposal to build a 750 megawatt […]

The Rise of the Non-Traditional Energy Buyer

The renewable energy industry had a powerful ally in the last few years, and 2015 in particular: the corporation. As prices in wind and solar have fallen, support for these technologies in the commercial & industrial (C&I) sector has swelled. In 2015, C&I buyers invested in more than 3 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy capacity. Google alone purchased nearly a gigawatt of new wind and solar projects in 2015, making them the largest institutional buyer of renewable energy in the world.

Coal Ash Stories – Coming to Florida This Month!

We’re kicking off a series of screenings from January 28th – February 2nd and will be hosting events in Sarasota, Tampa, Lakeland, Jacksonville, and Pensacola.