Last night, North Carolina’s Buncombe County Board of Commissioners adopted an Energy Independence Resolution that commits the county to achieving an 80 percent reduction in its carbon footprint through an annual 2 percent reduction goal. Commissioner Brownie Newman of Asheville introduced the resolution, which directs the county to implement high-impact energy efficiency measures that will [...]
The Production Tax Credit (PTC) is a little-known federal incentive to promote economic development from the private wind industry here in the United States. Wind farms have been slow to develop here in the Southeast, but the region already benefits from the PTC.
This post is part four of a blog series on sea level rise, being developed concurrent with the new IPCC climate report, Florida Atlantic University’s Sea Level Rise Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Oct. 16 – 17, and the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on Oct. 29. See the first post, on the basic mechanisms [...]
This past summer, President Obama gave a speech on climate that was noteworthy for several reasons. Perhaps the most impressive moments were when he appealed to all of us citizens to step-up. But there was a major omission in the speech and the plan — the biosphere and the healing potential of biocarbon! With broad effort and careful management of biocarbon, we might actually reverse the rise from 350 to 400 ppm.
Clean energy and energy independence are always on our minds, so it seems only fitting that this Thanksgiving we take a look at how far we’ve come in developing renewable energy in our nation. Here’s a great blog from our friends at Moms Clean Air Force. You can view the original post here. Wind energy [...]
Yesterday was the grand opening of the Clemson University Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility, the biggest and most advanced test center of its kind in the world. SACE was a sponsor of the event had the pleasure of sending a small team to attend. The facility will test advanced wind turbines by simulating field conditions [...]
I just returned from the 125th Annual Meeting of NARUC, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, held this year in Orlando, FL. The agenda touched on a vast range of issues facing the energy sector. A good deal of discussion was devoted to what’s been termed the “net metering fuss”- concerns over net metering [...]
To kill the Alabama’s first two wind farms, a small number of local residents is suing Pioneer Green Energy through two separate but very similar lawsuits. While these foes exhibit just about every tell-tale sign of wind farm opposition, they now appear to be borrowing a tactic from high school: plagiarism. Indeed, the lawsuit (which is available online here) mirrors a 2005 lawsuit from Texas where a small number of residents there sued to block a wind farm (text of that lawsuit is available here). By 2008, that Texas lawsuit proved to be a losing strategy on four separate occasions – in front of a trial judge, a trial by jury, by an appeals court and by the Texas Supreme Court through its refusal to reject the lower courts’ decisions. Just like in high school, the consequence of plagiarism is failure and history suggests the plagiarized Alabama lawsuits won’t make the grade.
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.
I am proud to announce that SACE reduced our carbon dioxide emissions by another ten metric tons from 2011 to 2012! As in years past, after calculating our footprint, we purchased offsets for the equivalent of 166 metric tons of carbon dioxide from Native Energy. As with the last three years, we calculated Scope 1, [...]