Boo! Should Duke Energy’s Shift from Electricity Rates to Mandatory Fees Scare Us?

Duke Energy Progress is facing a tough time with its spooky request to raise customer rates by 14 percent. North Carolina’s customer advocate has come out strongly against the 14 percent rate hike, and thousands of Duke Energy Progress customers have attended public hearings or signed a petition against allowing Duke Energy to increase electric […]

Walk Like An Egyptian: What Climate Change Studies of Ancient Egypt May Teach Us Today

The study of ancient history provides many examples of how civilizations around the world rose and then fell due to a wide range of factors: famine, warfare, geological catastrophe, or disease. Archeologists have previously unearthed evidence of environmental changes suddenly wiping out a civilization, such as the 300-year drought that decimated the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia […]

Clemson Goes Big With Wind Turbine Testing

Yesterday Clemson University announced they’d landed a big deal for testing a huge wind turbine. The world’s most powerful wind turbine, the MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW, will be tested at Clemson’s world-class energy innovation center in North Charleston, SC. The facility, equipped with large test rigs, will be able to simulate 20+ years worth of field conditions on the turbines and measure their response and interaction with the grid in just a few years’ time, and then MHI Vestas will be able to optimize the turbines’ performance and reliability. The Clemson-MHI Vestas partnership, a $35 million investment, is a big step forward in realizing the economic potential of offshore wind for South Carolina and the Southeast.

Staff Update: Amazon Wind Farm in NC

SACE’s Sarah Gilliam stopped by the Amazon Wind Farm in Elizabeth City, NC. This is the first major onshore wind farm for the Southeast!

Who Pays When FPL Pollutes and Loots?

If a multi-billion dollar monopoly utility messes-up and creates a pollution mess that costs over $200 million to clean up, should its customers have to pick up the tab? Voice your opinions to this question to the Florida Public Service Commission by this week! That’s the question before the Florida Public Service Commission this week as […]

Winter is coming! Which prediction should you trust?

In the battle of the winter weather predictions, what a great showdown we have in store this year! The “timeless” Farmers’ Almanac says, “the Southeast will see below normal winter temperatures with an unseasonable chill reaching as far south as the Gulf Coast, with above-average precipitation.” According to Mother Nature Network, its prediction is based on […]

JEA’s new solar program: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The JEA board yesterday approved a new solar package that was put together by its staff on a very tight timeline despite a months-long stakeholder process. JEA is the largest municipal utility in Florida with about 450,000 customers. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of JEA’s new solar initiatives. The Good – significant […]

PACE Can Spur Expansion of Clean Energy in Florida

Florida is continuing its clean energy leadership with the expansion of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to more cities and counties across the state. This innovative financing model advances many of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s goals, namely, supporting climate solutions and creating local job opportunities. With recently-enacted state policy advancing the will of the voters to support solar power, and the current response to improve structures post-Hurricane Irma, PACE is one way to boost widespread adoption of clean energy in Florida.

Energy efficiency is trending up and down in the Southeast

Yesterday we reported on how Duke Energy leads the Southeast in energy efficiency, and Florida Power & Light is providing the worst results in the region. But what about the rest? There are a lot of great stories to tell, but first here’s a reminder of the overview. We report on the recent performance of […]

Duke Energy leads the Southeast on energy efficiency

Duke Energy Carolinas has reached the 1% energy savings benchmark in 2016, a nationally recognized indicator of success in providing customers with energy efficiency programs. Congratulations to all the staff at Duke Energy for that achievement! Since we last reported utility energy efficiency savings in 2014, we have seen some remarkably good as well as […]