Another gas shortage? These simple fixes could save us

Recent news and panic of a petroleum pipeline leak in Helena, Alabama (south of Birmingham) is making its way up the East Coast. The pipeline, owned by Colonial Pipeline Company, supplies some 40% of fuel to drivers from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey. More than 336,000 gallons of fuel have leaked so far and those estimates could still rise as more is learned about the leak. The pipeline has been shut down for repairs and therefore has reduced the supply of gasoline to certain markets in the Southeast.

What do Alpharetta GA and Asheville NC have in common this weekend?

Turns out electric vehicles can bring people together and help save the planet! We are thrilled to announce Alpharetta’s Mayor David Belle Isle and race car driver Leilani Munter will be joining SACE and allies at two separate events this weekend. As part of National Drive Electric Week, SACE has helped to organize local events in Alpharetta, Georgia (metro Atlanta) and Asheville, North Carolina where our special guests will be in attendance to promote electric vehicles and clean energy.

National Drive Electric Week: Events coming to a town near you!

SACE staffers are getting charged up for this year’s National Drive Electric Week, held September 10-18th. We hope our supporters across the Southeast will make plans to attend these fun and informative events that promote electric vehicles. Specifically in our region, SACE has gotten invovled with Drive Electric events in Alpharetta, Georgia and Asheville, North Carolina. To learn more about these specific events, visit our Facebook pages linked below.

How are the White House’s transportation initiatives measuring up?

Three years ago, the Obama Administration outlined their goals for “Building a 21st – Century Transportation Sector” in their Climate Action Plan. The goal of the plan included increasing fuel economy standards and expanding advanced transportation technologies. We’ve come a long way in those few short years. The Administration has dramatically increased fuel economy standards for our cars, which aims to achieve a 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) fleetwide average by 2025. Through this initiative alone, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) over the lifetimes of the vehicles sold (MY 2012-2025) will be cut, save families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs, and further reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Just last week, new rules to dramatically improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions were also finalized.

Guest Post – The Present and Future of Smart Charging: Experts Weigh In

SACE is committed to finding ways to enhance our energy systems, support greater penetration of electric vehicles. improve demand response and work with our utilities to identify opportunities that maximize these benefits. We recently participated in Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) Smart Charging workshop focused on the idea that using electric vehicles as flexible loads [...]

Plugging-in North Carolina

This blog is a guest post by Kristi Brodd, Plug-in NC Member. SACE is also a proud Plug-in NC member and offers a public level 2 charging station at our Asheville NC office.

SACE and Ultimate Ice Cream partner to bring more clean energy to the Southeast

SACE is excited to partner with Asheville’s Ultimate Ice Cream for the entire month of July! We invite you and your familiy to enjoy yummy, local ice cream while supporting our mission to bring more clean energy to the Southeast. Swing by either of their locations at 195 Charlotte Street or 1070 Tunnel Road in Asheville.

Electric Vehicles Spread in North Carolina

Last month, SACE participated in the Workplace Electric Vehicles (EV) Workshop, co-hosted by Advanced Energy and Land and Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition. This event was hosted at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, NC, which has incorporated solar energy into their parking lot design, has several EV charging stations close to the entrance and recently earned [...]

Leilani Munter’s Letter to NC DOT About Tesla, Free Market Economics and the Future of Electric Vehicles

I find it sad that the North Carolina Department of Transportation would even consider making it difficult for Charlotte residents to purchase an American-built, Motor Trend Car of the Year that has sourced from over 30 manufacturers in North Carolina.

Free market economics is touted by conservatives, and yet almost routinely now we are seeing legislation being introduced across the United States designed solely to block the competition that Tesla is bringing to the old guard. Has everyone forgotten that it is unconstitutional to regulate interstate commerce?

Parlez-vous Climate? – Video Series Brings Global Climate Conversations to Southeast

Have you been wondering what the U.N. Paris Climate talks are all about? What is exactly is the COP21? Well the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is gearing up for these global negotiations, with a video series that will bring this international event home.  Even though the COP21 climate change discussions are happening 1000s of [...]