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.
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 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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This post – written by James Nolan, Associate Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College – originally appeared on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ blog The Equation on June 17 and can be viewed here. I’m a biochemist by training, but my family’s leap into Electric Vehicle (EV) driving was not entirely a reasoned scientific choice, initially. [...]
This blog was co-authored by SACE Florida Director Susan Glickman. Susan Glickman and I spent a day at Daytona International Speedway watching Leilani Munter race in the ARCA Racing Series. For those new to the car racing scene, ARCA is considered the “Farm Team” for NASCAR. This week is ‘Speed Week’ in Daytona – the big [...]
Green Super Bowl XLVIII: Champions of Sustainability. According to Sustainable Business News, this game may be the most sustainable Super Bowl of all time.