The Southeast utilities are starting to step up their game in energy efficiency. I am pleased to report that three of the major utilities here in the Southeast not only met their 2012 energy efficiency goals, they exceeded them by 2-22%! The idea of energy efficiency goals in the South was just a glimmer in [...]
In a bizarre reversal last Wednesday, the Louisiana Public Service Commission repealed the energy efficiency rules they had just passed in December, thereby undoing their first and only step toward saving customers money through efficiency.
Slow and steady wins the race, they say. Though Alabama was off to a better start, it’s beginning to look like the state of Mississippi is going to surpass Alabama in their support for energy efficiency in the near future! As I wrote about 18 months ago, Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) released proposed energy [...]
Here at SACE, we have been investigating new clean energy ideas that we can build on. These efforts have lead us to Rocky Mountain Institute‘s most recent publication, Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for a New Energy Era. Reinventing Fire caught our eye because it offers a future without coal, oil or nuclear power and with [...]
TVA issued a press release on the results of its 2012 fiscal year energy efficiency numbers at the beginning of the month, and we are happy to see that TVA and its distributors exceeded their energy efficiency goals. TVA reported that its energy efficiency and demand response programs reduced electricity useage by 560 GWh in [...]
Last week, I shared some thoughts on what a 1% energy efficiency goal could mean for the Southeast with some folks involved in the Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign. My presentation was focused on how the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its distributors are doing with their energy efficiency goals, what a 1% energy efficiency goal is [...]
This blog was written by Jimmy Green and Natalie Mims Alabama getaway, getaway. Alabama getaway, getaway. Only way to please me Turn around and leave and walk away. And that’s just what Alabama did. They turned around and walked away from over $540,000 in Federal money earmarked for energy efficiency in the state. After all, [...]
Due to the move and the construction done to our new Knoxville office, it took a bit longer this year to calculate SACE’s carbon footprint than it did last year. However, I am pleased to announce that our carbon dioxide emissions are down from 2010 to 2011 by about 20 metric tons! That is the [...]
SACE recently finished its review of 2011 energy efficiency impacts for the major utilities in Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas and Tennessee. We are proud to announce that all major utilities are now offering energy efficiency programs, and have shown marked improvements in the past five years. In fact, from 2009-2011, efficiency savings have almost tripled! In [...]
Last fall we wrote about Progress Energy’s successful implementation of its Neighborhood Energy Saver program. We are happy to announce that this program has already inspired change in our region: as of last week, Duke Energy South Carolina will be joining the growing group of utilities offering a low-income neighborhood implementation program.