The Heavy Hand of FPL Changes Law; Preempting Local Governments

Money in politics typically never leads to good outcomes for utility customers. Case in point: a bill recently signed into law by Governor Scott helps power companies – in particular FPL – build new high-voltage transmission lines by preempting local governments’ ability to apply zoning and environmental protection laws to new power line development. FPL exerts […]

Southeast Green Interview: Dr. Stephen A. Smith talks Solar Wars in Florida

This interview originally ran on Southeast Green’s website and is accessible here. The Sun Shines in Florida, so Why so Little Solar? Southeast Green’s Beth Bond recently talked with Southern energy expert Stephen A. Smith, DVM who is the Executive Director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). Dr. Stephen A. Smith has 30 years of experience effecting […]

After election, questions remain about Plant Washington

While candidates Kaye Shipley, Cheryl Mathis, and Ab Roesel were edged out yesterday in board elections at Snapping Shoals EMC, an Atlanta-area utility co-op, we congratulate them on a hard-fought campaign to bring accountability to their co-op and shed light on its involvement with a controversial coal-fired power plant proposal. The election took place on […]

Co-ops withdraw from coal plant with Orwellian twist

On Wednesday morning, July 11, the Newton Citizen reported that three candidates were running for the board of Snapping Shoals EMC, motivated in part by their opposition to the proposed coal-fired Plant Washington and the EMC’s lack of transparency about their spending toward the project. Later that same day, the EMC and Power4Georgians (P4G, the […]