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 [...]

South Miami Mayor Goes Big on Solar and Bill Savings

This Guest Blog is courtesy of Philip Stoddard, Mayor of South Miami. I am trying to envision my first $7 electric bill from FPL.  For years I’ve watched the prices drop on photovoltaic panels.  Solar hit “grid parity” last year, meaning that installing new solar power had become as cheap as buying power from the [...]

Mighty Mississippi: Energy Efficiency Plans Approved for State’s Investor-Owned Utilities

Home of the Delta blues and promising new requirements for utility-run energy efficiency programs, Mississippi went down to the crossroads and took a huge step forward toward a cleaner, more efficient energy future. On June 20, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) submitted comments to the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) on its recent approval (Order Numbers 2014-0006-330141 [...]

EPA proposed regulations suggest states capture up 6 times more efficiency in the Southeast

On June 2, the EPA released its proposed rules on existing coal fired power plants. In our press release, we discussed that the proposed standards call for reductions in carbon emissions from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels by the year 2030. In the proposed rule, the best system of emissions [...]

The Chamber is Wrong Again: Carbon Pollution Limits Will Lower Electricity Bills by Billions of Dollars, and Generate Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, Not the Reverse

This blog was written by Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist at the Climate Center of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington DC and was originally published on May 28 via NRDC’s blog Switchboard.  There they go again. Any time there’s a proposal to clean up air or water pollution, you can bet the US Chamber of Commerce will [...]

SACE Runs on Solar in Asheville

A little over two years after installing a 9.6 kW-dc solar system at SACE’s headquarters in Knoxville, TN, we’ve now got the Asheville office running on solar power from a 7.8 kW-dc (6.9 kW-ac) system, as well! Asheville’s installation was officially interconnected to the Duke Energy Progress grid on May 2, 2014. The system provides [...]

FPL a Leader on Solar Energy?

In a recent blog post, I questioned FPL’s leadership on solar power and the scale and design of a recently announced voluntary “community-based” solar program. In a response letter, the Company took offense to the blog – calling it misleading. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Company’s responses to the blog and come [...]