President Obama Takes On the Anti-Science Crowd

I had the great pleasure of joining our Board President, John Noel, and his wife, Melinda Welton, at his table at the League of Conservation Voters’ Annual Capitol Dinner on Wednesday, June 25th in Washington, D.C.  The keynote speaker was President Obama, appropriate since this was the one-year anniversary of his major climate speech at [...]

SACE Meets with EPA on New Carbon Rule

A handful of advocates from the Southeast traveled to Atlanta on Thursday June 12th to meet with officials from the EPA’s Region 4 office.  SACE was joined by other regional advocates Greenlaw, Southern Environmental Law Center, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Environment Georgia, Sierra Club, South Carolina Conservation Voters, Southface, Natural Resources Defense Council and USCAN. We [...]

We defend Sen. Hagan because she stands up to polluters

For more than a decade, Senator Kay Hagan has worked to promote clean air and public health here in NC. Back in 2002, when Hagan served as a NC state senator, she championed the groundbreaking NC Clean Smokestacks Act – hailed as a model for controlling multiple air pollutants from old coal-fired power plants – in [...]

An Open Letter to Florida Power and Light: St. Lucie Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor

Dear Mr. Silagy, As the President of Florida’s largest utility, with monopoly control over a significant part of the state and over 4 million captive customers, I respectfully ask that you address three important issues regarding Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) St. Lucie Unit 2 nuclear reactor. Why is the steam generator tube damage at [...]

FPL is running an experimental reactor in a weak regulatory environment

SACE High Risk Energy Choices Program Director, Sara Barczak, contributed to this post. Recently across the Southeastern United States, we have witnessed and experienced what happens when cavalier energy companies team up with weak government regulators. From the Dan River Duke coal ash spill in North Carolina to Freedom Industry’s chemical spill to process coal [...]

Commissioner Putnam, I’m Hungry for Leadership

I’m so sick of political doublespeak in Washington and Tallahassee. It’s time that we the people get serious about holding our elected representatives accountable. Here is one that needs our attention: Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam. Adam is a bright and very ambitious young man who wants to be Florida’s Governor one day. He [...]

Is Another Nuclear Reactor in Trouble in Florida?

On March 3, 2014 Florida Power and Light (FPL) will bring the St. Lucie Unit 2 nuclear reactor near Fort Pierce, Florida down to perform a refueling of the radioactive fuel in the reactor’s core. FPL’s goal will be to swap the used, highly radioactive spent fuel rods out and put new fuel rods in [...]

Daytona Speed Week Drives Toward 100% Renewable Energy

This blog was co-authored by SACE Florida Director Susan Glickman. Susan Glickman and I spent a day at Daytona International Speedway watching Leilani Munter race in the ARCA Racing Series. For those new to the car racing scene, ARCA is considered the “Farm Team” for NASCAR.  This week is ‘Speed Week’ in Daytona – the big [...]

Duke Energy: This is Not Leadership

Shorter versions of this oped were originally published in North Carolina in the Charlotte Observer on February 10, 2014 (found here) and in Florida in the Tampa Bay Times on February 11, 2014 (found here). When Duke Energy merged with Progress Energy to form the largest utility company in the United States, our organization wondered [...]

Shout Out: Good Carbon Reduction News from TVA

OK, I admit it; in our watchdog/clean energy advocate role, we at SACE are often critical of our regional utilities. Yet, we have and will continue to call out positive developments and give credit where credit is due for movement in the right direction. Here is a big shout out for the biggest public power [...]