Charlie Coggeshall, SACE Renewable Energy Manager, also contributed to this post. Last month the Tennessee Valley Authority proudly announced what they considered to be good news: That their 2013 Green Power Provider (GPP) program had already met its 2013 solar application target as of April 24th. Even though there is still a strong demand for [...]
UPDATE: A proposal to end North Carolina’s renewable energy program was defeated by a surprisingly wide margin on Wednesday, April 24 in a legislative committee chaired by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mike Hager (R-Rutherford). Those opposing the proposal cited concerns that it would hurt businesses and job creation in the state’s fast-growing clean energy industry. [...]
This guest blog was authored by Gary Cook, senior policy analyst at Greenpeace, USA. Google’s own blog can be found here. Thanks to some pressure from Google, the largest utility company in the U.S., Duke Energy, now plans to offer renewable energy to its major customers. This will allow Google, who also announced plans today to [...]
Just over a year ago we made the decision to continue to practice what we preach with the installation and activation of our own solar photovoltaic array at our Knoxville, TN office. As part of a series of energy efficiency improvements to our new office, we knew that installing the solar system was the ideal [...]
This guest post was written by Mindy Luber, President of Ceres and Director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) and was originally published on Forbes.com on March 19, 2013. It has been re-posted here with permission. Unless you’re talking about motherhood and apple pie, it’s nearly impossible to get 80 percent of voters [...]
SACE applauds Georgia Power Company (GPC) for developing new opportunities to support the state’s solar industry and for demonstrating cost competitiveness of solar technology in a part of the country that boasts below-average electricity prices. GPC’s proposed Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative, (GPASI) was unanimously approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) on November [...]
In November 2012, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was recognized as the “Utility of the Year” by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The former CEO of AWEA, Denise Bode, said of this unique recognition, “We honor TVA with this award to recognize their accomplishments for wind power in general and how they’ve achieved these results [...]
This winter has been a busy season of new bioenergy projects and policy developments.
Chances are, if you see a wind farm while driving on the road, you instantaneously know exactly what it is. Unlike coal or nuclear power plants, there’s usually little question as to what those big white spinning things are and what they’re doing. But, for whatever reason, you may find yourself looking for wind farms on Google Earth. Even though turbines are relatively easy to see and comprehend in three dimensions, when looking for turbines on Google Earth, finding turbines takes a bit of finesse and practice.
This post was written by Steve Clemmer, Director of Energy Research & Analysis for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and first appeared on UCS’ blog The Equation on January 2. You can find the original post here. I’m pleased to report that it didn’t take long to achieve one of my new year’s resolutions for [...]