Black History Month Energy Leaders Blog Series: Reverend Marlon T. Foster’s Quest for Energy Efficiency and Community Solar

A recognized and dedicated leader and pastor in South Memphis, Rev. Marlon Foster was born, raised and currently lives, works and worships in the area. Shortly after his graduation from Lemoyne-Owen College (LOC), Foster and several other residents began tutoring reading comprehension to children in the neighborhood. These were the beginnings of what is now known as Knowledge Quest (KQ), a youth and community development organization, whose mission is “to vigorously equip youth to maximize their potential through intellectual and character development”.

Smart, Prosperous and Resilient? Memphis Named as 1 of 6 Sites for New Climate, Health and Racial Equity Initiative

High energy burdens, sub-standard housing, pervasive poverty, poor public transportation access, poor access to health care and food deserts are all too common in North Memphis. Large community re-development projects in Memphis have often left communities like North Memphis behind – resulting in more divided neighborhoods and displacement of low-income and minority communities. Many are left asking – when is this ever going to change?

As it turns out, a change may be coming thanks to a novel opportunity known as the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). Memphis, specifically North Memphis, has been chosen as one of six SPARCC sites, along with Atlanta, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles and the San Fransisco Bay Area. The three-year SPARCC initiative is focused on fostering collaboration and could lead to multi-million investment in community driven projects.

Jumbo’s Green Side: Sustainability at Tufts University

Ivy-covered walls and tree-lined campuses are pretty much de rigueur at New England’s countless colleges and universities, so it takes more than landscaping to earn a ‘Green College’ label. Half a century of environmental leadership coupled with ongoing efforts to green campus operations – from energy usage and infrastructure to food sourcing and academic offerings – have earned my undergraduate alma mater, Tufts University, a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and a green college ranking from the Princeton Review.

Energy Efficiency Scores Big at Super Bowl LI, But the New Falcons Stadium Will Raise the Bar

With Super Bowl LI fast approaching, viewing parties being planned and betting pools circulating around the office, of course the first thing we are all thinking about is energy efficiency! Just kidding. But even though it might not be front of mind, energy efficiency is making a big impact behind the scenes at one of [...]

Gulf Power Customers Face Unprecedented Fee Increase

About every four years, Florida’s biggest power companies come to the Florida Public Service Commission asking for a rate hike. We’ve come to expect it. However, Gulf Power’s current proposed rate hike has a completely unexpected element to it  – and customers should be very concerned. What’s going on? Gulf Power, the utility for Northwest [...]

DIY Energy Efficiency – Solar Powered Attic Fans

After completing the solar attic fan install, I immediately noticed a considerable drop in my electric bills amounting to 60-70 dollars a month in summer and my AC could now cool my house to a comfortable level without constantly running. The attic temperature over my garage has dropped by 20-30 degrees. My initial 200 dollar investment has likely saved me thousands of dollars over the years and prevented countless amounts CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Success! Memphis City Council Votes to Help Lift Extreme Energy Burden

At Tuesday afternoon’s Memphis City Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved a resolution that strongly recommends changing Memphis Light Gas and Water’s (MLGW) current Share the Pennies program to an “automatically enrolled” format. This small program design change, which SACE has been advocating for since Spring 2016, will help generate significantly more funding for Project Care, MLGW’s low-income home weatherization initiative – potentially generating around $1.5 million dollars per year! Additionally, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), MLGW’s wholesale power provider, has agreed to purchase any energy savings realized by the “new” Share the Pennies program, providing another valuable source of funding for a program.

Reducing the Energy Burden in the Southeast: Tackling Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Housing

When temperatures drop in the Southeast – as occurred this past week – many residents turn up their thermostat to stay warm and comfortable. Unfortunately, this is not a luxury that all can afford.  For low-income households, including multifamily households, the proportion of household income spent on energy – their energy burden – can be [...]

Join Us at the Energy Justice Town Hall on Jan. 12th!

Energy Justice Town Hall this Thursday – Jan 12, 6-7:30PM | Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library | 3030 Poplar Ave – SACE staff and several Memphis allies invite you to attend our Energy Justice Town Hall to learn why Memphians have the highest energy burdens in the country – and share your own story as we discuss suggestions for solutions.

Massive Rate Increase Lands FPL On Naughty List

Christmas may be 25 days away, but it came early for the state’s biggest power company, Florida Power and Light (FPL). The monopoly utility just got the top item on their wish list – a massive rate hike, which will raise profits substantially, after already raking in over $1.6 billion in profit last year.