Biking for SACE in the 2017 Red White and Blue Ridge Climate Ride

Laura Reynolds, a consultant for SACE who works on Florida water and energy issues, has chosen to embark on an amazing bicycle journey through Climate Ride to raise awareness and funds for the environment! Climate Ride is a non-profit that organizes multi-day, multi-city charitable bicycle rides and hikes to address sustainability, climate and clean energy issues. […]

Texas Wind Farms Survive Hurricane Harvey

Simply put, many wind farms in coastal Texas weren’t affected by Harvey’s highest-level winds. And the turbines that did experience those extreme conditions, performed as expected and shut down for self-preservation, or when the local grid system failed.

How Will Hurricane Harvey Affect Texas Wind Farms?

To date, no wind farm in the United States has been destroyed by a hurricane. Neither Hurricane Iselle (Hawaii, 2014), Hurricane Sandy (New Jersey, 2012), nor Hurricane Irene (Delaware, 2011) harmed wind farms. Wind farms in hurricane-prone coastal zones are frequently designed to withstand hurricane-force winds, up to level Category 3 hurricanes. For self preservation purposes, wind turbines automatically shut down when wind speeds reach excessive levels. Hurricane Harvey is slated to become a Category 3 storm, and may test the limits of turbine engineering.

What Could TVA Do, If No One Was Looking?

Recently, two southeastern utilities found themselves facing scandal head-on as major projects fell apart, leaving the utility – and potentially customers – covering lost costs that add up to billions of dollars. Both Southern Company’s Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle plant and SCE&G’s VC Summer nuclear plant serve as important reminders that decision making […]

Eclipse is gone, Solar’s back on

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Energy Policy Manager Simon Mahan contributed to this blog post. As we waited excitedly for the moon’s shadow to cross the Southeast during yesterday’s Great American Eclipse, I didn’t think much about how the solar panels at SACE’s Asheville office – or thousands of other rooftop systems and utility-scale solar […]

Unblocking the Sun – Join Us!

Today, the sun will be completely blocked by the moon in the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. As people assemble in the “path of totality” to witness this rare event, we want to remind you that while it is indeed amazing to see the moon block the sun, we must fight to keep monopoly utilities in the Southeast from doing the same!

Is TVA Causing a Solar [Market] Eclipse?

TenneSEIA, the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association, issued a press release yesterday about TVA’s decision to continue restricting the Green Power Providers program. TVA is withdrawing support for solar power and, much like the solar eclipse we’ll all see on Monday, TVA is blocking the sun.

Democracy in Action: Why I Asked EPA Not to Roll Back Water Pollution Standards

Coal fired power plants discharge huge quantities of polluted wastewater, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to delay compliance deadlines for the very modest 2015 power plant water pollution rule – an intention it reiterated in a letter to an industry group on August 11. On July 31, I joined activists from around the […]

What do fidget spinners and wind turbines have in common?

As I attended the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2017 conference in Anaheim this past May, a number of expo exhibitors were giving away fidget spinners as conference attendee swag. At first, I just thought these companies were jumping on a trend, but then began to think a bit about the similarities between fidget spinners and wind turbines. No, really.

Road Trips On Electrons

This is a guest post written by David Earnhardt, EV owner and member of the Blue Ridge EV Club. The original post can be found here. One of the most common questions I get when I talk about driving electric is “But what if you want to take it on a road trip?”  A worthwhile […]