Generally, wind turbines have been compared to refrigerators in terms of their relative sound level. According to the EPA, sound levels at 55 dB outside and 45 dB inside are unlikely to cause annoyance. For example, if a proposed regulation is below 45 decibels (the EPA level for indoor noise), it should be fairly clear that the proposing regulator is not interested in allowing wind development but is instead aiming to ban by regulation.
Even though 2014 has just begun, we’re looking down the road to the upcoming November elections. There will be many important contests this year, but there is no race that has more potential impact on climate and clean energy policy than the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election. In the limited space we have here, we will [...]
If Southerners and Midwesterners see a bargain in wind energy, then something must be going right.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) released a new report this week, Just Energy Policies, profiling energy policies that can help reform energy production and use in the U.S., and highlighting the opportunities they provide to improve equity and economic growth in communities of color. The report includes state summaries detailing which [...]
SACE staff member Charlie Coggeshall contributed to this post. This is the first in a series of blogs on solar myths; stay tuned for future MythBuster posts in the coming months! Orlando Utility Commission (OUC) Vice President Chip Merriam recently propagated one of the greatest myths about solar – often heard in our region – while speaking [...]
Lately there’s been a lot of talk about ‘waste confidence.’ It’s a wholly confusing term about an extremely important topic: the toxic, highly radioactive nuclear waste that’s been produced by and is piling up at nuclear power plants for decades across the country. In 1984, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published the Waste Confidence [...]
This is a guest post by John Rogers, senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and co-manager of the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3) that looks at water demands of energy production in the context of climate change. SACE is an active partner with UCS on this critical [...]
I just returned from the 125th Annual Meeting of NARUC, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, held this year in Orlando, FL. The agenda touched on a vast range of issues facing the energy sector. A good deal of discussion was devoted to what’s been termed the “net metering fuss”- concerns over net metering [...]
SACE Director of Policy & Communications Jennifer Rennicks contributed to this blogpost. Hundreds of scientists are wrapping up a week-long meeting in Stockholm, Sweden where they gathered to discuss and release the first phase of the highly anticipated 5th Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These Assessment Reports are widely considered [...]
This Guest Post was written by Laura Beans and was originally posted on EcoWatch.com The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed carbon emissions standards for new power plants [on Friday, Sept. 20]. The Clean Air Act standards are an effort to combat climate change and improve public health, according to the U.S. EPA’s press release. [...]