A Poem for the Florida Commission: Deny the Utilities’ Meager Goals

In Florida, land of the sun The utilities pulled a fast one. No efficiency tools Without swimming pools Low Income? You’ll end up with none.   With the RIM test used as a shield The utilities make a high yield Cross-subsidy hollers hide utility dollars But their motives can’t be concealed. For solar, they set [...]

Florida Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Goals are Weak

Update: Click here to listen to an in-depth interview with SACE’s Florida Director, Susan Glickman, about how Florida’s giant private utility companies are pushing to cut back on their energy conservation programs this week at the Florida Public Service Commission hearings. Today is day three of the energy efficiency goal-setting proceeding in Florida. If you have [...]

EPA proposed regulations suggest states capture up 6 times more efficiency in the Southeast

On June 2, the EPA released its proposed rules on existing coal fired power plants. In our press release, we discussed that the proposed standards call for reductions in carbon emissions from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels by the year 2030. In the proposed rule, the best system of emissions [...]

Duke Energy Shortsighted on Efficiency, Again

In December 2011, Duke Energy and Progress Energy signed a settlement agreement with several groups, including SACE,to resolve legal issues raised during the Companies’ proposed merger. As mentioned in a recent SACE blog, the Company does not have a plan to deliver on its efficiency savings target. The latest disappointment came with Duke Energy’s 2013 Integrated [...]

Two is Better Than One: SC Public Service Commissioners Support Efficiency for the Holidays

The South Carolina Public Service Commission affirmed its support for energy efficiency twice during the holiday season! First by approving South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G)’s financial incentive and energy efficiency programs, and then by approving Duke Energy’s financial incentive and programs. Both SCE&G and Duke Energy will be saving South Carolinians energy for years [...]

Appalachian Voices Launches Energy Savings Action Center

Our Southeastern friends at Appalachian Voices recently launched a new website, the Energy Savings Action Center. We are excited about it because residents in eight southeastern states who want to save money and energy now have a new online resource where they can find information about home energy loan programs offered by their electric utilities, [...]

USDA announces energy efficiency loan funding for cooperatives

SACE is excited to announce that yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final rule on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program.  The USDA anticipates that, under the Rural Utilities Services department of the USDA,  it will provide $250 million in federal loans to rural electric cooperatives and utilities who can then [...]

Georgia Power Lights the Way with Discounted LEDs

Last month, Georgia Power began offering discounted LEDs (light emitting diodes) at Home Depot, while supplies last. The program is quite simple – all you have to do is stop by Home Depot and buy the discounted LEDs! While you are in Home Depot, you might be able to pick up discounted CFLs (compact florescent [...]

Southeastern States Headed Up, But Still Have Room to Grow with Energy Efficiency

Yesterday, the  American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy released its seventh annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The annual report ranks states on their policy and program efforts, and provides recommendations for ways in which states can improve their energy efficiency performance. As you can see from the national map, the Southeast is still lagging behind, with [...]

Continued Carbon Dioxide Emissions Savings at SACE!

I am proud to announce that SACE reduced our carbon dioxide emissions by another ten metric tons from 2011 to 2012! As in years past, after calculating our footprint, we purchased offsets for the equivalent of 166 metric tons of carbon dioxide from Native Energy. As with the last three years, we calculated Scope 1, [...]