Hurricanes and Climate Change – What We Know for 2018 Season

Hurricane season officially begins today and runs through November. This is the six month period when hurricanes typically occur in the Atlantic. The beginning of the season is a good time to make sure you are prepared for hurricane impacts, should one threaten your area. But in addition to making sure our households are prepared for the short-term forecast of hurricanes this season, we must also make sure our communities are prepared for the impacts of hurricanes in the long term, by seeking to understand how hurricane risk may change in the years to come and how we can avoid the worst outcomes.

New Report: Power Infrastructure Faces Increased Vulnerability From Climate Change

“A resilient power system is flexible, responds to challenges, enables quick recoveries, and is available when we need it most. Developing resilient power resources means shifting away from relying on a centralized grid to a more decentralized system designed to meet essential grid loads, even during extreme weather events. Most importantly, a resilient approach that places efficient and clean energy technologies at the core of its solutions helps our communities prepare for a climate-impacted future while also reducing the emissions that are driving those effects.”

Superstorm Sandy’s warning about our future

This is a guest post by Frank Knapp, President and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBC). This was originally posted on the SCSBC blog, UnConflicted, here. Today is the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy that devastated the New York and New Jersey coastal communities.  Sandy wasn’t a hurricane [at […]

EPA Announces Limits to Greenhouse Gas Emissions on New Power Plants

This Guest Post was written by Laura Beans and was originally posted on The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed carbon emissions standards for new power plants [on Friday, Sept. 20]. The Clean Air Act standards are an effort to combat climate change and improve public health, according to the U.S. EPA’s press release. […]

A Changing Climate and a Changing Public

This post, written by Southern Energy Network’s Communications Fellow Simone Domingue, first appeared on SEN’s blog. You can find the original post here. “A Climate of Change” read one of the Saturday headlines of the Huffington Post last November. The article read that a recent Rasmussen poll concluded that 68% of Americans recognize climate change […]

Sandy is Gone, Wind Power is On

About 3,500 megawatts of wind turbine capacity was in the path of Hurricane Sandy. As we wrote on October 26th, it wasn’t expected that Hurricane Sandy would cause much damage to wind turbines. Based on the experience from another Category 1 hurricane (Irene) that struck the Mid-Atlantic last year, the turbines in the region proved that they are built to withstand hurricane-force winds.

Thus far, it appears that no wind turbines suffered catastrophic failure because of Sandy.

What Obama Election Means for Coal, Climate Change, and American Energy Future

This blog, entitled “What Obama’s Re-Election Means for Coal, Climate Change, and America’s Energy Future” was written by Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, and originally appeared in Sierra Club’s Compass blog and can be found here. President Obama’s victory yesterday was a victory for clean energy, one that gives us […]