Climate Change, Zika Virus, TVA and Clean Line Windpower , Dr. Stephen A. Smith

Below are the public comments given by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Executive Director, Dr. Stephen A. Smith. These comments were delivered to the Tennessee Valley Authorities Board of Directors during a public meeting held August 25, 2016.

Solar for Low-income Communities and More! EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program

Southeastern states may soon have an added incentive for developing energy efficiency and renewable energy resources that directly benefit low-income communities and utility customers. These potential new incentives come in the form of draft federal regulatory language, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to finalize as part of the entire rulemaking process for the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

This program, known as the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), is an early-action, voluntary piece of the larger CPP aimed at ensuring communities who suffered the negative effects of fossil-fuel energy generation and economically disadvantaged communities see real benefits from increased clean energy development. Although utilities, state agencies, industry, and the general public have all weighed in on pieces of the CEIP in previous CPP related comment period, the current EPA document open for comment will become the official design details for the CEIP. Comments can be sent directly to EPA (info on how to do that here) and are due by 11:59pm, Monday, August 29th.

Don’t Let Louisiana Become a Climate Change Sacrifice Zone, Help Now

About a third of the state has been impacted and the disaster is ongoing. I can’t list every single charity that folks should donate to, or assist. United Way (HERE), Catholic Charities (HERE), Baton Rouge Area Foundation (HERE), a list from Times-Picayune (HERE) and Weather Channel (HERE). If you know of additional resources, please feel free [...]

Tar Sands in the Atlantic-Company Behind Keystone XL is Back

This is a guest post was written by Joshua Axelrod, Policy Analyst for the Canada Project of Natural Resources Defense Council, and originally ran on July 26th on the NRDC blog here. In November 2015, President Obama announced the rejection of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The announcement ended a six year fight between environmentalists, Alberta’s oil [...]

Danger Days on the Rise in Florida

Is it hot enough for you? Well, Climate Central just released a report that it’s about to get hotter, especially in Florida. The study finds National Weather Service-designated “Danger Days” — where sweltering heat and humidity combine to create hazardous “real feel” temperatures above 105 degrees Fahrenheit — will increase by 2.4 times across the U.S. from now to 2050, and continue rising globally because of climate disruption. In Florida, these Danger Days are expected to more than quadruple.

EPA Moves Forward As Harvard Recognizes Billions of “Hidden” Clean Power Plan Benefits

Despite the setback delivered by the Supreme Court’s stay, action around the Clean Power Plan has not disappeared. Instead, the Environmental Protection Agency’s historic regulation is on the verge of another public input period and is also the focus of a recent Harvard study.

What’s more, EPA has a new proposal out and an upcoming public comment period related to the voluntary early-action piece of the Clean Power Plan, known as the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). After hearing from stakeholders during a previous public comment period that ended in mid-December 2015, EPA has made some significant changes to the proposed CEIP. Most importantly, EPA has expanded the range of projects eligible for CEIP participation to include solar projects implemented to serve low-income communities.

What’s the hurricane-climate change connection?

As hurricane season kicks off today along the Atlantic coast, it’s a good time to think about the connection between hurricanes and climate change. Just as we prepare for yet another hurricane season with basic emergency preparedness, we should also press for meaningful action on climate change to minimize future catastrophe.

Honoring Memorial Day With Energy and Climate Security

Memorial Day reminds us that those in the military serve and sacrifice everyday to keep our nation strong. We at SACE believe that the military’s work to address the effects of climate change and to advance energy security is a critical part of that strength and we wish to highlight the important work they are doing in this area.

Eyes on the Prize: EPA Moves Forward on Clean Energy Despite Paused Clean Power Plan

As April came to an end, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a strong signal that it wasn’t going to let the current political and legal battle keep it from moving some of the voluntary parts of the Clean Power Plan forward.

EPA sent a proposal related to the voluntary early-action incentive program, known as the Clean Energy Incentive Program, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review – the next step in the policy-making process. EPA recognizes that technological innovation in the clean energy sector is driving development of clean energy resources and if EPA wants to keep pace with the growing science, it must continuing moving forward. Utilities and regulators should take a cue from EPA and continue to work together to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the Southeast’s electricity sector – or risk being left behind.

EPA Takes Historic First Step to Plug the Leaks on Methane Pollution

In a historic announcement today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the first national standards for reducing methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. These methane rules are part of the Obama Administration’s suite of new regulations aimed at reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released from our nation’s energy sector and [...]