The Natural Gas Gamble: New UCS Report Highlights Dependence Concerns

The Natural Gas Gamble Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new analysis, which shows that instead of aggressive over-reliance on natural gas by utilities as they phase out coal plants, a far better bet for achieving a clean energy future is to greatly expand the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. [...]

Duke Energy expecting $100 million fine in federal coal ash investigation

In a plea deal to match other major environmental disaster plea deals, Duke Energy appears to be expecting fines around $100 million to resolve, in part, the federal criminal investigation initiated after the massive Dan River coal ash disaster in 2014. Official announcements are pending in the days to come about the criminal charges, but [...]

Kingston Ash Landfill Changes Fraught with Concerns

December 30th marked the end of a public comment period around a draft permit for storage of coal ash waste at TVA’s Kingston plant in East Tennessee – the very location of the coal ash tragedy of six years ago. The Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation (TDEC), who must decide to grant or deny TVA’s [...]

Countdown to coal ash rules from EPA

We are exactly 9 days away from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) official release of final rules for coal ash regulation that have been in the works ever since the catastrophic Kingston disaster of 2008. Since then, it has taken almost 6 years and countless efforts by citizens and advocates to sound the alarm on [...]

New Customizable Coal Ash Reports Highlight the Danger in Our Back Yards

Today, as EPA’s deadline to finalize coal ash rules rapidly approaches, SACE unveiled a new tool to help concerned citizens, activists, policymakers, and reporters better understand the potential hazards of toxic coal ash waste throughout our region on our interactive coal ash website The new Create-Your-Own Coal Ash Report feature on our website analyzes detailed data [...]

Burying the evidence and our heads: North Carolina deletes climate docs

I don’t know about you, but I’ve really found the breaking news on climate change assaulting and terrifying lately. Headlines like “Climate Change: ‘Abrupt,’ Unpredictable,’ ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Highly Damaging‘” have frequented my news feed illustrating how catastrophic the effects of climate change will be and actually already are. Just last week I saw the first [...]

New Study: Energy Choices Today Affect Water Availability Tomorrow

Today, the Energy and Water in a Warming World initiative (EW3), a collaborative effort between the Union of Concerned Scientists and a team of independent experts, released their second major report, Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World. This study examined various pathways by which the power industry could choose to generate electricity [...]

New Website Launched

SACE staff member Joan Walker contributed to this post. Today Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, in partnership with Appalachian Voices, Southern Environmental Law Center, and North Carolina Conservation Network, are launching the first-ever comprehensive online tool that allows citizens to find specific information about coal ash impoundments near them. The site,, features an interactive map [...]

Asheville Dirty Coal Draws Greenpeace Ire

Early this morning Greenpeace activists scaled the 400-foot smokestack at Progress Energy’s Asheville coal-fired power plant to call attention to the toxic and dangerous practice of burning coal for power. The 400MW facility is poised above heavily trafficked Interstate 26 and the French Broad River, and near South Asheville communities. In 2009 EPA classified the [...]

New EPA GHG Tool and Top 11 Coal Plant Polluters

Last week EPA released a very comprehensive tool by which any member of the public can now easily see just how much global warming pollution their neighborhood coal plant is emitting. Many of the largest GHG emitters are not surprisingly right here in the Southeast. Below is a reposted blog from National Wildlife Federation’s Kendall [...]