Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with ‘cynical’ anti-solar campaign

This post, written by Sue Sturgis of the Institute for Southern Studies, was originally posted on the Facing South blog here. A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American community leaders as part of its campaign against rooftop solar. Rev. Nelson [...]

Earthjustice: BIG COAL CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP

Lisa Evans is an attorney specializing in hazardous waste law. Ms. Evans has been active in hazardous waste litigation and advocacy for over 25 years. Since 2006, she has been a senior administrative counsel for Earthjustice. Lisa’s blog was originally posted here. ************************* You have to acknowledge the tenacity of Rep. David McKinley (R, WV). [...]

Georgia legislature approves PPAs, and Florida hopes to follow

This blog was written by Alissa Jean Schafer, Marketing and Media Director with the US Solar Institute and was originally published here on SolarPowerWorld.com on Friday, April 3, 2015.  Ah, the sunny south, the land of peaches, oranges and solar potential. I’m talking about Georgia and Florida here, and the key word is “potential,” unless you just really like [...]

While state officials fight it, North Carolina continues down Clean Power path

This guest blog, authored by Luis Martinez, was originally posted on NRDC’s Switchboard Blog. New analysis by the Natural Resource Defense Council shows that North Carolina’s Clean Energy Future is strong. Our analysis shows that by continuing its transition away from coal and meeting the requirements of its clean energy standard, North Carolina will achieve [...]

The Burden: What solar can do to lift it

Solar is a matter of national security and saving lives. This statement may sound like a dramatic hyperbole, but it’s not. Dependence upon oil is one of the costliest and deadliest threats that the U.S. military currently faces, and development of clean energy, such as solar, is key to reducing this threat and keeping our men and women in uniform safe. That’s the truth, not an exaggeration.

Sierra Club: Duke’s Asheville coal plant exceeding safe sulfur dioxide levels

This guest blog was written by Emma Greenbaum, who is the Sierra Club’s Organizing Representative for North Carolina Beyond Coal in Asheville, NC. For the past several years, the Asheville Beyond Coal campaign has been speaking out publicly and building support for transition off of coal at Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant. We have brought attention to the threat [...]

Understanding Historic Windows: Value and Efficiency

This guest post was written by Sean Stucker, Director of Facilities for Historic Columbia Foundation in Columbia, S.C., and originally published here in the Columbia Star Newspaper on March 6, 2015.  Especially this time of year, as thermometers everywhere register remarkably low temperatures, owners of historic buildings might begin to wonder if they should just [...]

Environmental Justice Leaders to Hold Tribunal at Selma 50th Anniversary Commemoration

This guest blog, written by Robert Bullard for OpEd News, was originally published here on March 5th. “Change Is Gonna Come: Advancing an Environmental and Climate Justice Agenda in the South” Saturday, March 7–Dallas County Court House Annex, 102 Church Street, Court Room One, 2nd Floor 7:00am Depart From Courthouse–Sunrise Water Ritual–Making an Offering at the [...]

Powering Through Key West Hurricanes at Ruben Valdez’s Solar Home

This guest blog is the fifth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida and was written for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy by Alissa Jean Schafer, Marketing and Media Director with the US Solar Institute. Click here for other posts in that series.  What do the post office, organic seaweed, hurricanes, and solar energy [...]

Climate Justice: A Fight for Equal Opportunity

In honor of Black History Month - the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is publishing an original blog series highlighting the efforts of African American leaders working to ensure that clean energy opportunities are available for all people and communities in the Southeast. That series will be available here starting on February 5, 2015. In advance of that series, [...]