Smart, Prosperous and Resilient? Memphis Named as 1 of 6 Sites for New Climate, Health and Racial Equity Initiative

High energy burdens, sub-standard housing, pervasive poverty, poor public transportation access, poor access to health care and food deserts are all too common in North Memphis. Large community re-development projects in Memphis have often left communities like North Memphis behind – resulting in more divided neighborhoods and displacement of low-income and minority communities. Many are left asking – when is this ever going to change?

As it turns out, a change may be coming thanks to a novel opportunity known as the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). Memphis, specifically North Memphis, has been chosen as one of six SPARCC sites, along with Atlanta, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles and the San Fransisco Bay Area. The three-year SPARCC initiative is focused on fostering collaboration and could lead to multi-million investment in community driven projects.

Black History Month Energy Leaders Blog Series: Bishop Carroll Johnson Stands Up for Solar in the Sunshine State

n honor of Black History Month, SACE is publishing a blog series highlighting the efforts of African American leaders that have played key roles in clean energy in the Southeast.The third post in the series interviews Bishop Carroll Johnson of Orlando Florida.

Energy Efficiency Scores Big at Super Bowl LI, But the New Falcons Stadium Will Raise the Bar

With Super Bowl LI fast approaching, viewing parties being planned and betting pools circulating around the office, of course the first thing we are all thinking about is energy efficiency! Just kidding. But even though it might not be front of mind, energy efficiency is making a big impact behind the scenes at one of [...]

Brights Ideas at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Deep in Louisiana’s Cajun Country, there’s a renewable energy research center dedicated to studying solar energy and biopower. And it smells like barbecue. Located in Crowley, Louisiana, the Cleco Alternative Energy Center is sponsored by Cleco Power, LLC, and operated by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

DIY Energy Efficiency – Solar Powered Attic Fans

After completing the solar attic fan install, I immediately noticed a considerable drop in my electric bills amounting to 60-70 dollars a month in summer and my AC could now cool my house to a comfortable level without constantly running. The attic temperature over my garage has dropped by 20-30 degrees. My initial 200 dollar investment has likely saved me thousands of dollars over the years and prevented countless amounts CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Success! Memphis City Council Votes to Help Lift Extreme Energy Burden

At Tuesday afternoon’s Memphis City Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved a resolution that strongly recommends changing Memphis Light Gas and Water’s (MLGW) current Share the Pennies program to an “automatically enrolled” format. This small program design change, which SACE has been advocating for since Spring 2016, will help generate significantly more funding for Project Care, MLGW’s low-income home weatherization initiative – potentially generating around $1.5 million dollars per year! Additionally, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), MLGW’s wholesale power provider, has agreed to purchase any energy savings realized by the “new” Share the Pennies program, providing another valuable source of funding for a program.

Reducing the Energy Burden in the Southeast: Tackling Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Housing

When temperatures drop in the Southeast – as occurred this past week – many residents turn up their thermostat to stay warm and comfortable. Unfortunately, this is not a luxury that all can afford.  For low-income households, including multifamily households, the proportion of household income spent on energy – their energy burden – can be [...]

Join Us at the Energy Justice Town Hall on Jan. 12th!

Energy Justice Town Hall this Thursday – Jan 12, 6-7:30PM | Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library | 3030 Poplar Ave – SACE staff and several Memphis allies invite you to attend our Energy Justice Town Hall to learn why Memphians have the highest energy burdens in the country – and share your own story as we discuss suggestions for solutions.

What do the 2016 election results mean for energy efficiency?

This guest post was authored by Steven Nadel, Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and was originally published on ACEEE’s blog here.  Now that the hard-fought 2016 election is over, I think it is useful to consider its impact on energy efficiency policy. No doubt, a lot of uncertainty [...]

Education, trust and data combine to help Empower Chattanooga lower power bills for low-income families

Their mission is simple: teaching low-income residents low- and no-cost ways to reduce their power bills, something that has a direct impact on quality of life. Since launching, the Empower Chattanooga program has helped 800 participants take control of their energy costs and achieve meaningful relief from their month-to-month financial strain. On average, these families are saving $400 per year with little to no upfront cost.