Duke, Southern, and NextEra Go Big on Wind and Solar – Just not in the Southeast

Duke Energy, Southern Company, and NextEra Energy Inc. are reportedly planning to invest billions of dollars in solar and wind energy in the near future – only those investments will be outside their own Southeastern territories and will be carried out primarily by their unregulated subsidiaries. According to an article published last week by Kristi [...]

TVA Undermines Distributed Solar and Disregards Its Own Stakeholder Process

Over the past year and a half, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) worked with stakeholders to study the value of rooftop solar systems. On October 20, TVA published the result, “Distributed Generation – Integrated Value (DG-IV): A Methodology to Value DG on the Grid.” TVA’s study did partly accomplish one objective: determining numerical values to quantify [...]

Santee Cooper Proposes to Shut Down Solar – Before It Can Even Get Started

On October 16, the Santee Cooper Board of Directors will meet to hear final comments on its proposed 3-year rate increases, including a new rate schedule for solar customers that will be one of the most punitive in the country if adopted. This plan flies in the face of recent efforts in South Carolina to [...]

North Carolina Legislators Need to Keep Feeling the Heat to Support Solar Energy

As another long legislative session drags on in North Carolina, once again the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) – which requires the state’s investor-owned utilities to meet up to 12.5% of their energy needs through renewable energy or energy efficiency – is under attack. Two bills with provisions to freeze the [...]

SACE Comes Out Strong on Policies to Expand Solar Development in Florida

SACE staffer John Wilson also contributed to this post. Today the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) responded to the Florida Public Service Commission’s Request for Comments on policies and programs to “promote solar” in the Sunshine State. If you’re visiting our blog, you probably know about the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative – [...]

Facing NextEra’s Mr. Hyde in Florida

SACE staff George Cavros and John Wilson also contributed to this post. Which is the true face of NextEra Energy? The company which is widely admired for advancing renewable energy everywhere BUT Florida? Or, the company that is issuing press release after press release announcing solar projects and contributions left and right in Florida while [...]

Separating PACE’s Fiction from the Facts on Solar Power

The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) is the public face of a complex network of firms employed by fossil fuel and monopoly utility interests. The organization recently disseminated talking points on solar power to Florida legislators – in particular about the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative that would allow more access to solar power for [...]

The Sun is Shining a Little Brighter in South Carolina Thanks to Historic Solar Agreement

In less than a year, South Carolina has gone from being a state that was widely seen as resistant, if not downright hostile, to solar energy, to establishing itself as trailblazer in brokering an agreement between utilities, industry, and clean energy advocates that will ramp up solar development in the state over the next five [...]

Sun Rising in Florida? Utility-Scale Solar Projects in Context

SACE Staffers Charlie Coggeshall and George Cavros contributed to this blogpost. It’s been a good run for solar power in Florida in the past few weeks. First, Gulf Power Company announced plans for 120 megawatt (MW) of solar power purchase agreements on 3 military bases; shortly thereafter Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced that it [...]