Florida Stimulus Success The Untold Story of Energy Savings and Economic Development

In July of 2012, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), led by Commissioner Adam Putnam, issued an audit of energy initiatives including those funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds — also known as the Stimulus.  The audit states that:  “Based on reports received by the Office of Energy (OOE), [...]

Frankly Peaking: Transmission Integration of Wind and Solar

In the Southeast, we dream of a power system largely supplied by renewable energy generation and storage, the kind that is being introduced in other regions of the United States. Up to now, we have heard from our utilities that while they recognize that our region has ample wind and solar potential and that they [...]

Florida Municipalities Moving Ahead on Clean Energy Solutions

Have you heard of PACE?  Property Assessed Clean Energy?  Well, if you live in Florida, you will soon… Florida’s local elected officials aren’t waiting around for state or federal action requiring enforcement of energy efficiency standards.  They know that we have tried and failed too many times to get a Renewable Portfolio Standard for the [...]

Solar Technology Propels Low Prices and Bankability for the Solar Industry

The collective US solar brain trust gathered at the Solar Solutions Conference in Memphis, TN presented by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Solar Institute, April 10-11.  The big news?  Technological innovations have propelled solar prices down.  Today’s solar market is one of the most attractive to investors — not only is it actually “bankable,” [...]

Regional Cooperation for Southeastern Offshore Wind

SACE staff Chris Carnevale and Simon Mahan contributed to this post. 15.7 million people reside in the Southeast Coastal Region – along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Combined, these states have the greatest regional energy demand in the U.S., and in 5-10 years, that could be matched with one of [...]