The Carolinas’ First Offshore Wind Lease Sale Scheduled for March 16

The first-ever lease sale for offshore wind off the Carolinas’ coast has been scheduled for March 16, 2017. The lease sale will allow interested development companies to bid on the rights to site assessment activities to gauge the suitability of the area for offshore wind development. The area to be leased is known as the Kitty Hawk leasing area, and lies approximately 24 nautical miles off of North Carolina’s coast (depicted in orange in the map to the right). This announcement follows the identification of the area in August 2014 and the proposal of the sale last August. Development of offshore wind could bring substantial benefits to North Carolina.

SACE to Host Series of Department of Energy Meetings for Solar Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative has launched the “Solar in Your Community”, a challenge to inspire hundreds of local teams across the country to participate in bringing solar programs and projects to their communities. It aims to expand the solar market to a diverse array of new consumers, including low- and moderate-income customers, and nonprofit community-serving organizations.

Broad Coalition Helps Solar Win in Florida On 1

Solar supporters in Florida scored a major victory this November by defeating utility-backed Amendment 1. The ballot initiative would have paved the way for Florida utilities to dismantle net metering for solar customers. This would have severely stunted the state’s distributed roof top solar market.

Proposed Wind Power Transmission Project Would Generate $3.9 Billion for Louisiana, Mississippi

The new study highlights the beneficial job and economic development impacts associated with the proposed power line. According to the study, the Southern Cross Transmission project will provide significant economic benefits within Louisiana, and Mississippi, including $3.9 billion in total direct, indirect, induced and fiscal economic impact. The benefits primarily stem from construction, potential local tax revenue, and operations. Notably, the benefits from low-cost wind power associated with the transmission project were not included in the analysis, suggesting a conservative analysis.

2016 Solar Installations Continue at Record Breaking Rate

In the third quarter alone, over 4,000 solar megawatts were installed in the United States. This record-breaking amount is 191% higher than the total megawatts installed in the third quarter of 2015, and 99% higher than the total megawatts installed earlier this year, second quarter 2016.

Red and Black Goes Green: 5 ways UGA is becoming more sustainable

This is the first blog in a series, where SACE staff will evaluate college and university campuses investing in clean energy and sustainable practices. To read other posts in the series, go here.   In just a few years, the University of Georgia (UGA) has made significant sustainability strides. Before I dive in, maybe it’s [...]

Are Wind Farms Bad for Birds?

Overall, wind energy does not cause population level threats to birds and accounts for an extremely small percentage of unnatural avian mortality. A study in Energy Policy, found that fossil-fueled power plants, on a per unit of energy basis, are estimated to kill 17 times more birds than wind energy. So for every megawatt hour of electricity from a wind farm that replaces fossil fuels, seventeen times as many birds may be saved.

Massive Rate Increase Lands FPL On Naughty List

Christmas may be 25 days away, but it came early for the state’s biggest power company, Florida Power and Light (FPL). The monopoly utility just got the top item on their wish list – a massive rate hike, which will raise profits substantially, after already raking in over $1.6 billion in profit last year.

Wind Farm Fact Check

Wind power is wildly popular. But, wind power hasn’t been as quick to catch on here in the south, so we get a lot of questions and comments about wind energy. Let’s clear the air on wind farms.

#GivingTuesday 2016 is here – Support clean energy!

On November 29th, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, you can join others around the country and encourage spending with a purpose. Be part of the movement to change the way we produce and consume energy in the Southeast by supporting the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.