9 Ways to #loveCleanEnergy on Valentines Day

We created some #loveCleanEnergy valentines for you to share, and some not-so-nice valentines for Nuclear Power and Fossil Fuels…

Did TVA stay on budget with the “new” TVA Watts Bar 2 reactor?

No, they did not. And given this has happened several times before, we can’t say we’re surprised but we certainly are disappointed, again. TVA announced during a 2016 first quarter earnings call today that they would exceed the $4.5 billion budget to complete a second nuclear reactor at the Watts Bar site on the Tennessee [...]

Georgia Power’s Nuclear Expansion Project at Plant Vogtle to Seek Approval from State Regulators for Billions of Dollars in Cost Overruns

Just days after final briefs were filed in the 13th semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) docket, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today voted 4-1 to approve what could be described as an expedited prudency review of all project costs to-date including litigation settlement costs. Commissioner Wise filed a motion last Friday (amended today) in response to Georgia Power’s request for the Commission to approve the recent settlement agreement between the utility owners and lead contractor Westinghouse that was first announced in late October and only recently finalized. The settlement amounts to over $916 million in cost increases to the utility owners, with Georgia Power’s share at $419 million.

Nuclear power carries extreme, persistent risks

Below is a guest blog post, published with permission, of an opinion editorial by William H. Schlesinger, Dean Emeritus at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, that originally ran in the Charlotte Observer on January 25, 2016. You can find the original publication here. We added the map to this post showing nuclear [...]

Putting the “modern” in Duke Energy’s modernization plan

On January 26, in Asheville, our communities will have their only chance to speak on Duke Energy’s plans for Western North Carolina at a public hearing of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. This is the final chapter in a long campaign that has brought our communities together in the fight for a smarter, cleaner energy future.

Coal Ash Stories – Coming to Florida This Month!

We’re kicking off a series of screenings from January 28th – February 2nd and will be hosting events in Sarasota, Tampa, Lakeland, Jacksonville, and Pensacola.

President Obama emphasizes climate legacy in SOTU, but will he earn it?

Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, which strongly emphasized the role he hopes that having acted on climate change and spurring the clean energy economy will play in his legacy.

2015 Southeast Coal Roundup – Duke Energy

As we move into 2016, we continue our look back at where our Southeastern utilities are in their movement away from coal-fired power. This blog will focus on Duke Energy’s coal-plant operations in the Carolinas and Florida. Although Duke Energy operates coal-fired power plants outside of the Southeast, for the purposes of this blog, we will focus on those plants that are located in our region. Duke Energy owns coal plants in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Duke was one of the earliest utilities in our region to begin reducing its reliance on coal-fired power, beginning with the retirements in 2011 of Units 1-4 (210 MW) at its Cliffside Steam Station, all three units at its Weatherspoon plant (171 MW) and the last two coal units at its Cape Fear plant (316 MW).

What will it cost to build Southern Co.’s new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle?

So, what is the current cost estimate for building two new Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors at Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia along the Savannah River? It seems like it should be a simple question but it clearly is not. And the answer depends on when you ask, who you ask, what your question [...]

EDF videos the unfolding natural gas disaster in California

Environmental Defense Fund has released a video of an awful, enormous natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. Many people are drawing a close connection between fracking and the increased rate of leaks being discovered. The problem of methane leaks has been around for decades, but with federal attention and new technology, hopefully we will begin [...]