A mystery: Peaking power plants using more natural gas than ever in the Southeast

In 2016, there was an unusual spike in the operation of natural gas combustion turbine plants at several Southeastern utilities. At just 14 plants, fuel expenses increased by $210 million compared to recent years.

Can Southern Company really eliminate its carbon pollution?

Southern Company’s CEO Tom Fanning made a bold statement yesterday, announcing that the company he leads is now working to “take down carbon emissions to zero.” Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Energy Summit in New York City, Fanning provided limited details but said that Southern Company will use “technology solutions” to achieve “low to no carbon” by 2050.

Energy efficiency is trending up and down in the Southeast

Yesterday we reported on how Duke Energy leads the Southeast in energy efficiency, and Florida Power & Light is providing the worst results in the region. But what about the rest? There are a lot of great stories to tell, but first here’s a reminder of the overview. We report on the recent performance of […]

Duke Energy leads the Southeast on energy efficiency

Duke Energy Carolinas has reached the 1% energy savings benchmark in 2016, a nationally recognized indicator of success in providing customers with energy efficiency programs. Congratulations to all the staff at Duke Energy for that achievement! Since we last reported utility energy efficiency savings in 2014, we have seen some remarkably good as well as […]

Eclipse is gone, Solar’s back on

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Energy Policy Manager Simon Mahan contributed to this blog post. As we waited excitedly for the moon’s shadow to cross the Southeast during yesterday’s Great American Eclipse, I didn’t think much about how the solar panels at SACE’s Asheville office – or thousands of other rooftop systems and utility-scale solar […]

Looking At The Brackets: New Nuclear Plants Are Odds-On Favorite To Lose In First Round

Dennis Wamsted’s post, “Looking at The Brackets: New Nuclear Plants Are Odds-On Favorite To Lose In First Round,” originally ran in his blog, Wamsted on Energy: News and views for thinking professionals, on March 15, 2017. Find the original post here and more about Mr. Wamsted here. Published below with permission. I just finished filling […]

Consumer Energy Alliance, Group Behind Fraudulent Petitions and Letters Signed by Dead People, Releases Anti-Solar Report

This is a guest post from David Pomerantz, executive director of the Energy and Policy Institute. Prior to joining EPI, David spent eight years working with Greenpeace to move the electric sector away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. Click here for the original post. The Consumer Energy Alliance, which you may know from greatest hits […]

FPL’s Flawed Remediation Plan Won’t Solve Turkey Point’s Pollution Problems

Update: Since Laura’s blog post below, the Palm Beach Post’s Susan Salisbury reported on the concerns with FPL’s flawed clean-up plan in her “Protecting Your Pocketbook” blog/column. Find it here. Last week Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Tropical Audubon Society filed an amended complaint to the Clean Water Act challenge filed this past July […]

Engaging on Energy: Nuclear Power in the Southeast

Proponents of nuclear power claim it is a safe, low-cost alternative to fossil fuels that can lower the carbon pollution that contributes to global climate change. The reality is quite different – nuclear reactors currently under construction have been delayed over and over again, are absurdly over budget, and pose serious risks to water quality […]

Southeast Energy Savings Pacesetter: Entergy Arkansas Breaks the 1% Barrier

This is the first entry in a new blog series entitled Energy Savings in the Southeast. We will dive into the recent performance of Southeastern utilities’ energy efficiency programs, and highlight how the region can achieve more money-saving and carbon-reducing energy savings. Future posts in this series can be found here. Entergy Arkansas has forced a paradigm shift in the […]