Big Errors in Measuring Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

What’s the single largest source of CO2 emissions in the Southeast? A 10 million ton data discrepancy! What? Huh? Why is a data discrepancy a blog? (UPDATE: Please see responses to reader suggestions at at the end, as well as in the comments.) President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will eventually regulate the emission of carbon [...]

Low Cost Path for Southern Company to Comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan

With the US Environmental Protection Agency poised to release its final Clean Power Plan rule, some utilities have raised alarm about the rule’s cost. Some of those same voices have raised alarms about reliability, but as I wrote in May, cutting carbon pollution won’t make the sky fall. Today we release Cleaner Energy for Southern Company, [...]

New Customizable Coal Ash Reports Highlight the Danger in Our Back Yards

Today, as EPA’s deadline to finalize coal ash rules rapidly approaches, SACE unveiled a new tool to help concerned citizens, activists, policymakers, and reporters better understand the potential hazards of toxic coal ash waste throughout our region on our interactive coal ash website The new Create-Your-Own Coal Ash Report feature on our website analyzes detailed data [...]

New SACE Report on Questionable Coal Pollution Control Technology

Today, SACE released a new report on Dry Sorbent Injection (DSI) technology – a troubling new sulfur dioxide control method recently touted by some utilities as a cheap, quick answer to comply with EPA’s new mercury and air toxics (MATS) regulations.  SACE commissioned the report from Dr. Ranajit (Ron) Sahu, a leading environmental engineering consultant, after learning that the Tennessee [...]

Nuclear Secrecy – Plant Vogtle Federal Loan Guarantee History

Documents released by the Department of Energy pursuant to March 25, 2010 FOIA Request for documents related to the Plant Vogtle federal loan guarantees.

TVA Gambles on Bellefonte Nuclear Reactors

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has long been concerned with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) push to add more nuclear reactors to their energy mix in spite of readily available energy efficiency and renewable energy alternatives. But TVA’s dogged pursuit to complete the nearly forty-year-old, antiquated Bellefonte site in Alabama is a unique and especially [...]

Hojas Informativas Sobre Calentamiento Global, AHORA en Espanol

Read this blog in ENGLISH. La Alianza Sureña Para Energía Limpia (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – SACE) está publicando en español sus nuevas hojas informativas sobre el calentamiento global, especificas a cada estado del Sureste.  A través de estas traducciones, SACE continúa su esfuerzo de educar a la comunidad Latina sobre los actuales y [...]

Global Warming Fact Sheets NOW in Spanish

VEA NUESTROS BLOG EN ESPANOL Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is now releasing Spanish versions of our newly created, state specific, global warming fact sheets.  Through these translated materials, SACE is continuing its effort to educate the Latino community on the current and future impacts of global warming in the Southeast and the United States [...]

Out With The Coal, In With The New

Recently in the Southeast we’ve had some exciting announcements about utility plans to begin retiring and repowering some of their oldest and dirtiest coal plants.  By our estimate, eleven retirements are in the works representing over 25 million tons of annual carbon dioxide emissions.  As the proverbial ‘writing on the wall’ gets clearer that global [...]

The Buzz Before Copenhagen

I wanted to share some interesting posts from other blogs about events leading up to the international climate talks in Copenhagen, which are less than four weeks away.  First, here is a good overview of the meeting between the U.S. and China on global warming from NRDC’s blog, “Switchboard.” There’s lots of chatter about the [...]