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).

Can we talk? Here’s the conversation African Americans need to have about climate change

This guest post, by Danielle Hilton and Seandra Pope, was originally published on Grist on July 8. You can see the original post here. Last year, the African-American author and commentator Charles D. Ellison asked, “Where’s the Black political conversation on climate change?” Now that conversation is happening, but it’s not the one we need. […]

The Supreme Court, the Mercury Rule and Chicken Little

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS), set to go into effect next month. The MATS rule, finalized in December 2011, requires coal-fired power plants to reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants through the installation of pollution […]

A Mother’s Missive: Asthmatic Children, Bad Air Days and Carbon Pollution

May is synonymous with Mother’s Day, but it’s also Asthma Awareness Month. So in honor of the 25.5 million Americans with asthma, I decided to share my personal ‘coping with asthma’ story. You see, my daughter is one of 7 million children in the United States who lives with asthma, a chronic respiratory disease that can leave her wheezing, breathless […]

Hints of Impropriety Raised During TVA Board Meeting

Today, the 8 Directors who sit on the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority gathered in Columbia, TN for one of its quarterly board meetings (the 9th Director seat remains open after the failure to reappoint Dr. Marilyn Brown).  As usual, the board meeting began with a public listening session, in which members of the public may […]

Meeting power needs with less coal in Georgia

Ulla Reeves, SACE’s Regional Program Director, contributed to and edited this blog. On January 7, Georgia Power Co. announced that it would shutter 15 generating units – about 2,000 megawatts (MW) or 2 gigawatts (GW) of coal and oil  capacity – as part of the three-year “Integrated Resource Plan” it will file with the Public […]

Skeptics May Limit the Benefits of New Carbon Pollution Limits

As we reported late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finally proposed new standards to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas pollution from new coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants. As the single largest emitter of CO2 pollution in the United States (coal plants dump more than two billion tons of CO2 into […]

Tracking two important EPA pollution rules

In the past few weeks, new information has become publicly available about two important pending rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One rule would set the first-ever, national standards for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Know as the greenhouse gas New Source Performance Standard (GHG NSPS) rule, EPA announced on October 29 that […]

With Clean Air and Justice for All

This Thursday, May 26th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing in Atlanta, Georgia to solicit comments on the proposed and long-awaited rule to set national standards for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury is a potent toxin and exposure can cause a variety of health problems from learning disorders to […]

Data Centers Move to Southeast Driven by Access to Cheap, Dirty Energy

Sometime this summer, Apple will open the doors on a 500,000 square foot data center in Maiden, NC. Lured to the location by a $46 million dollar tax break from the state of North Carolina, Apple’s bottom line will also benefit from some of the cheapest electricity rates in the country, which are the direct […]