In Case You Missed It, There’s a Clean Energy Jobs Boom in Tennessee

Clean energy means different things to different people. Some might picture suburban rooftops adorned in sparkly solar panels on a bright summer day. Others might envision an idyllic green-grass, blue-sky pasture framing an expanse of pearly white wind turbines. However, for many Tennesseans, clean energy means a rewarding career with above-average pay. A recent statewide [...]

Georgia Power Is Going Big on EVs

Earlier this year, Georgia Power announced a new $12 million electric vehicle transportation initiative. The program currently includes a residential charging infrastructure rebate program, workplace charging rebates, the installation of charging stations at several sites across the state and the addition of 32 Chevrolet Volts to their company fleet. Georgia Power is also offering an alternative [...]

Electric vehicles lose out in Georgia

Earlier today, Governor Nathan Deal signed Georgia’s new $900 million transportation funding bill into law. The bill, HB 170, is little more than a “roads and bridges” funding bill, but does includes some much needed funding for maintenance projects. Unfortunately, the bill also halts Georgia’s successful tax credit for electric vehicles (EVs) and adds a [...]

Tesla needs dirt cheap power to charge PowerWall and PowerPack, but from where?

On the evening of February 19th, wind power in Texas reached a new record: the statewide capacity factor for all wind farms reached 83%. So much wind power was being supplied that Texas’ grid operator that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reported wholesale electricity prices reached near zero and, in some cases, rates went negative. Using the lowest cost energy resource available is vitally important to battery economics. Without low-cost wind power, utilities may shy away from Tesla’s battery system.

Driving on Sunshine: Get Charged Up in Asheville!

As part of SACE’s ongoing commitment and efforts to demonstrate clean energy technology, we have now installed a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station at our Asheville office. The unit is a GE Durastation dual cord EV charger installed in partnership with Brightfield Transportation Solutions.  The level 2 charging station is capable of charging a vehicle [...]

Georgia’s Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Benefiting Local Economy

Georgia drivers saved 4.5 million gallons of gasoline in 2014 thanks to electric vehicles (EVs)– and that means these drivers have an extra $10 million to put back into our local economy. Today, we released new analysis with our partners at the Union of Concerned Scientists which shows that driving 100 miles in the average [...]

Georgia’s Electric Vehicle Leadership Under Attack

Georgia has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing markets for electric vehicles (EVs). We have the second-most registered EVs in the country and Atlanta has the second-highest percentage of EV registrations among major U.S. cities. We are gaining national recognition for this growth. Strong state policy support, specifically the Zero Emissions Alternative Fuel Vehicle tax [...]

Why EVs are still cleaner than gasoline vehicles in the Southeast

Late last week, a response piece, Blowback: Why zero-emission electric cars are still dirty by Dr. Sam Shelton was published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC). I admire the work that Dr. Shelton has done over the years on energy issues in Georgia, and we agree on some of the points made in the article – specifically that [...]

1,000 miles on zero gallons of gas

This guest post written by Mary Landers was originally posted on the Savannah Morning News website on August 21, 2014. We love to share real stories of new EV drivers with our readers and the experience of switching from gasoline to electric. As she highlights, since Georgia and the Southeast remain highly dependent on coal [...]

Here Comes the Sun: SACE Takes Part in Knoxville Day of Action to #PutSolarOnIt

The sun was shining bright on Knoxville during the longest day of 2014, as the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) took part in an event to spread awareness about solar energy and to build public support for new carbon emission standards. The local grassroots efforts were part of a June 21 National Day of [...]