Alabama bureaucrats kill domestic energy jobs

Officials are confirming that two wind farm proposals in Alabama will not be moving forward. As such, Cherokee and Etowah counties will forego about $27-$43 million in combined new tax revenues – revenue that could have been used to build a new park near Weiss Lake or improve the quality of the lake, provide education scholarships for high school graduates, create a new tourism niche, or reduce local taxes.

All Aboard the Roller Coaster: Ala. Coal Week in Review

News about Alabama’s coal – its alleged divine origins, televised misinformation from elected officials, pleas to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, closure and conversion of coal plants, and now, a lawsuit against EPA – has been flowing fast and furious over the past week, showing no signs of stopping. Here’s a quick play-by-play to get [...]

UCS Report: Wind Cheaper than Keeping Alabama Coal Plants Alive

Newly updated research shows that Alabama is still high on the list of states with coal plants that may be more expensive to maintain than to replace with cleaner sources, as we noted in an earlier blog. The report, an update of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ripe for Retirement using 2012 numbers (the most [...]

4 Reasons to Celebrate Clean Energy in Alabama in 2013

  If you were around Birmingham in late November, you probably heard about (or came to) Renew Alabama: A Night of Positive Energy. Nearly 150 people stopped by Avondale Brewing Company to meet fellow clean energy fans, and celebrate Alabama’s energy progress and potential over a pint and some great dancing music. What were we [...]

Alabama Power distracts from real issues at informal hearing

On December 10, the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) conducted an “informal public hearing” regarding Alabama Power’s capital expenditures for environmental compliance. The three-and-a-half hour hearing effectively demonstrated Alabama’s systemic failure to appropriately safeguard ratepayers. Meanwhile, the Alabama Coal Association was busy distracting the public from this important non-hearing by blaming groups like ours for [...]

Plant Washington’s bumpy road just got bumpier

In yet another indication that the proposed coal-fired Plant Washington is not viable, developer Dean Alford told plant supporters at a meeting on September 16 that he is asking Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for an extension of the plant’s construction deadline. More importantly, he told WMAZ TV news that a revised federal greenhouse gas [...]

If You Burn Colombia’s Coal with Alabama’s Cash, Where are the Jobs?

How closely tied are Alabama Power’s coal-fired electric plants and Alabama coal mining jobs? Not very, it turns out. Despite the attempt by one elected official to link the two, the fact is that 70% of Alabama Power’s coal comes from out of state, with 15% hailing from Colombia. From 2008-2012, only about 36% of [...]

Statement: Alabama Power needs more transparent regulation

The Alabama Public Service Commission‘s third “Public proceeding regarding the operation and utilization of Rate RSE (Rate Stabilization and Equalization) of Alabama Power Company” on July 17, 2013 lasted for nearly 12 hours. No schedule was provided to indicate what time the floor would be opened to the public; I was unable to deliver my [...]

More solar and what else? A breakdown of the approved Georgia Power IRP

SACE Renewable Energy Manager Charlie Coggeshall and Energy Efficiency Director Natalie Mims contributed to this post. You’ve probably heard the news by now: Georgia is going to get a whole lot more solar in the next few years thanks to Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald’s motion on Georgia Power’s long-term energy plan (the Integrated Resource [...]

Georgians await ruling on clean energy in Georgia Power long-range plan

Will Georgia get more solar? Will unnecessary dirty coal plants get shut down? Will Georgians get more help saving energy and lowering our bills? These questions and more are on the line as the state’s elected 5-member Public Service Commission considers Georgia Power Company’s long-range plan, known as the Integrated Resource Plan or IRP (learn [...]