A Bright, Sunny Forecast for the Tennessee Valley

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is farsighted, not shortsighted, when it comes to its efforts to evaluate and plan for solar power in its future. The 2015 Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) provides the clearest, sharpest look ever by a Southeastern utility at solar energy as a resource – and not a threat – to this amazing, clean energy opportunity. [...]

Southeast Utility-Scale Solar: Cost-Effective for Customers

The Southeast is seeing a growing trend towards major utility-scale solar PPAs in the past few years. These deals are great for customers, because the prices are so low that they are helping utilities lock in cost savings over the long term. They are great for the utilities, because solar power is a reliable source [...]

Researching natural gas leaks is important to regulation

Once again, Environmental Defense Fund’s Methane Research project is in the news – with concerns about whether EDF is transforming a highly polluting industry, or whether that industry is using EDF to enable pollution to be continued. SACE is deeply concerned about methane emissions, which occur throughout the process of drilling, transporting and using natural [...]

Conservative, Free Market Response to Climate

Former Congressman Bob Inglis is back in the spotlight as he’s featured in the new documentary, Merchants of Doubt. As summarized in a Dallas Observer movie review, even after losing his South Carolina Congressional seat, Inglis continues to “press the conservative case for not recklessly destroying the world. The film’s most upsetting scene finds Inglis attempting [...]

Where are the beautiful LED lighting fixtures?

Last week, I shared my experiences with new LED bulbs for my home (which provided an update to an old but well-read blog on LEDs from 2011). This week, I have a brief follow-up about one product that I do not see on the market: beautiful LED fixtures with integrated LED lighting. Think about it: [...]

Efficient LED Lighting: Three Years Later, Even Better

Three years ago, I shared my family’s experience with buying efficient LED lighting. Over the past several years, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report suggests that LED lighting has roughly tripled its market share. And based on my unscientific observation of shelf space at local hardware stores, LED lighting is capturing a lot of [...]

Insights on climate and energy from the newest Nobel Prize winner

Can it really have been three years since I opined at length through a series of blogs on the free market perspective on climate change? Yet here we are, struggling to work through the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal. Today we celebrate the accomplishments of French economist Jean Tirole, winner of this year’s Nobel Prize [...]

Coal industry inspires easy solution to droughts

So there’s this new group, CoalBlue, which claims that “A clean-energy, low-carbon world can only be achieved with clean, low-carbon coal.” I got to thinking, what is low-carbon coal? According to the World Coal Association, “Coal is a combustible, sedimentary, organic rock, which is composed mainly of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.” So, coal without (much) [...]

Duke Energy’s Commitment to Overspend on Coal Plants

Duke Energy is banking on charging customers in the Carolinas an estimated $7.7 billion just to keep its existing fleet of coal plants running. For at least thirteen of those units (at 5 plants), however, it is pretty clear that the additional investment is not worthwhile, and Duke Energy should change its plans. What’s worse, [...]

“Traditional” vs “New”: Olympics and Utilities

As both the Sochi Winter Olympic & Special Olympic games have now drawn to a close, more than a few commentators sniffed about a “disappointing” Olympic games for the USA. Speedskating coach Bob Fenn reportedly said, “It’s like the fall of the Roman Empire.” One newspaper commented, “It’s just not the year the U.S. hoped [...]