How to Kill Your Energy Hogs

Managing Building Energy Consumption Retro-Commissioning, Measurement & Verification, and Ongoing Performance Management It’s open season with no bag limit all year ‘round in Florida for hunting feral hogs—and no hunting license is required!  The same could be said in buildings here—killing your building energy hogs should be an ongoing effort—and there’s no limit. At a [...]

So Many Voices: Forward on Climate

I was ecstatic; we filled the bus!  Twenty-two people boarded in Gainesville and another thirty-three got on in Jacksonville; so many had traveled a long way to join us.  It was 9pm and I finally got to relax: we were really off to Washington D.C. to join the Forward on Climate Rally.  What started with [...]

56 Floridians Travel to Washington D.C. for Massive Rally for Presidential Action on Climate Crisis

“Forward on Climate” rally, expected to draw 20,000 Americans, will be largest climate rally ever.    UPDATE:  35,000-40,000 participated–it was an exciting and inspiring day!  Look for follow-up post soon. On Sunday, February 17, fifty-six people of all ages from North Florida will be in Washington, D.C. to join a massive rally calling on President [...]

Federal Housing Finance Agency can fire up PACE or keep it frozen

There is opportunity available right now to add vitality and long-lasting productivity to our economy by fostering  investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy by homeowners.  However, a key regulator for the mortgage industry bailed-out by the American people has prevented development of this prospect. SACE and our allies are calling on the Federal Housing [...]

State Clean Energy Rankings: Southeast Lagging Behind

After investigating a range of factors in technology, policy, and capital, a new report on United States Clean Energy leadership evaluates and ranks each state for status and developments in clean technology of all kinds across the country. From a breakout in the report’s summary of performance across the nation: The South continues to lag [...]

New Florida Solar Technicians Certified in Jacksonville, Now Where are the Jobs?

Sixteen anxious and diligent new Solar Technicians graduated Friday 2-Mar-12 from an 8-week course at the CRC Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.  They got certificates of technical training, are ready for the LEED Green Associate professional credential exam and got an important card proving their OSHA training from the National Safety Council.  They are ready to [...]

Leon County objects to PACE block by federal mortgage agency

Leon County, Florida (Tallahassee and vicinity), joined a gathering force of local and state government units and clean energy advocates in objecting to the Federal Housing Finance Agency ‘s mid-summer guidance to banks that effectively blocked PACE financing nationwide (PACE = “Property Assessed Clean Energy”). The County filed suit charging  the FHFA, Fannie Mae and [...]

Jacksonville solar project a reminder of what could be in Florida

Renewable energy prospects in Florida may be cloudy this political season, but there are some bright rays in the Sunshine State.  Jacksonville’s municipal electric utility (JEA) and its project partners, PSEG Solar Source (owner/operator) and juwi solar (original developer), just dedicated a 15 MW solar power generating facility on the city’s west side. This is [...]

Federal Agency Knocks PACE Off Course

Florida Clean Energy Needs Leadership The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the U.S. housing finance regulator) recently solidified its opposition to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. The lone renewable energy initiative that won support in the 2010 Florida legislature, charting state-wide procedures for PACE, was the only move for clean energy the Florida legislature made since [...]

Clean Energy Gulf Challenge Winner

Oceana’s Vision 2020 is the winner of SACE’s Clean Energy Gulf Challenge Today, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy announced the winner of its Clean Energy Gulf Challenge:  Oceana’s Vision 2020. It is the best plan—according to expert judges and public voters—for the path to end our nation’s dependence on oil and eliminate the need for oil from [...]