TVA Board Approves Retirement of Allen Coal Plant in Memphis

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to retire all three coal-fired units of the Allen Fossil Plant (990 MW) in Memphis and approved replacement with a new 1,000 MW natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) plant. TVA plans to build the new 1,000 MW NGCC plant directly across from the current [...]

TVA should expand investment in solar

This post, by Anne Davis of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Stephen Smith of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, was originally a Guest Column in Knoxville News-Sentinel on Saturday, August 9, 2014 and can be viewed here. The Tennessee Valley Authority has a golden opportunity this month, as it sets its budget for [...]

Sustainability starts with preservation

This guest post was written by Sean Stucker, Director of Facilities for the Historic Columbia Foundation. The piece originally appeared in the Columbia Star newspaper on August 1. In 2013, SACE completed an extensive renovation of our historic home office in Asheville, N.C. to maximize the efficiency of the space and blogged about it here. Now more [...]

Ala. PSC’s Twinkle “Queen of Coal” Cavanaugh intentionally misleads public on television interview

There is a famous saying by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” This morning, Twinkle Cavanaugh, chair of the Alabama Public Service Commission, yet again displayed her blatant disregard for facts, and for Alabamian citizens, in a TV appearance on MyFox Alabama (WBRC-TV [...]

SACE urges regulators not to dial back energy-savings goals in Florida

This coverage and Susan Glickman’s opinion-editorial ran in the Orlando Sentinel on July 25, 2014 and can be viewed in its entirety here. Front Burner: Dial back energy-savings goals?  Sparks flew in Tallahassee this week as representatives of electric utilities and conservation advocates faced off over the future of the state’s energy-savings requirements for power companies. Utilities [...]

The Heat is On: SACE and other advocates to support carbon limits at EPA’s hearings next week

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin holding public hearings to collect comments on their proposed rule, the Clean Power Plan, which calls for reductions in carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030, as well as reductions in soot and smog-forming pollutants.  The rule [...]

Florida Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Goals are Weak

Update: Click here to listen to an in-depth interview with SACE’s Florida Director, Susan Glickman, about how Florida’s giant private utility companies are pushing to cut back on their energy conservation programs this week at the Florida Public Service Commission hearings. Today is day three of the energy efficiency goal-setting proceeding in Florida. If you have [...]

Breakfast of Efficiency Champions: A Panel Discussion on Energy Efficiency in the Southeast and the Impact of the Clean Power Plan

On a near-perfect day for a summertime conference in Atlanta, with cooler-than-usual temperatures and not a drop of rain, I had the pleasure of attending the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance‘s (SEEA’s) recent quarterly breakfast meeting. The July 16 event featured a panel discussion covering topics ranging from state building-code adoption and compliance, to the politics [...]

Taking Care of Business: Duke Energy Carolinas Proposes New Energy Efficiency Programs for South Carolina’s Small Businesses and Offices

Update: The South Carolina Public Service Commission approved Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposed Small Business Energy Saver and Smart Energy in Offices programs on July 9, 2014. They say you can’t get something for nothing, but in South Carolina, small businesses and offices may soon be eligible to receive valuable energy assistance at little or no [...]

EPA carbon rule good for business … and for people

This post – written by John Noel, President of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s board of directors – originally appeared in the Tennessean on June 25 and can be viewed here. The recent Environmental Protection Agency rule to reduce carbon dioxide pollution will be good for business. CO2 is the main driver of climate change, but [...]