Why the Pitchforks are coming out in Florida

As the Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) for over 20 years, I pride myself and the organization in our capacity to work collaboratively with utilities and decision makers to achieve strong results. SACE has a long history working with utilities in all of our Southeastern states, and we have achieved [...]

What is the news on nukes in Florida?

Over this past week, the news in Florida has been all nuclear, all the time. And another headline for this blog could be, “Another one bites the dust” as the much-touted, so-called “nuclear renaissance” continues to crumble in the state. Just last February, Duke wisely announced that they would not pursue further repairs to the [...]

Nuclear renaissance in Florida crumbles, meets economic reality

This blog was co-authored by SACE staff Sara Barczak and George Cavros. Has the so-called “nuclear renaissance” finally met economic reality? The nuclear industry recently experienced their “worst week” since the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Not only did Duke Energy scrap plans to build new reactors at their Shearon Harris site in North Carolina but [...]

Floridians Take Action Opposing Nuclear Tax

From the Florida Supreme Court to Bonnie Raitt concerts, Florida’s controversial “nuclear tax” is getting a lot of attention. On October 4th I, along with my SACE colleagues and attorneys, attended the oral arguments for our high-profile challenge of the cost recovery statute before the Florida Supreme Court. The “nuclear tax” refers to bad, anti-consumer [...]

Florida Resident Demands No New Nuclear Reactors in Levy County

This guest post was originally published in the Gainesville Sun on October 29, 2012. Francine Robinson chairs the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility for the Florida League of Conservation Voters. SACE’s high risk energy organizer, Mandy Hancock, attended the Oct. 31 hearing referenced below. This piece has been amended to include links to pertinent information, including media [...]

Controversial Former Progress Energy CEO Appointed to Head TVA

Today’s appointment of former Progress Energy CEO William Johnson as the new CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is raising the eyebrows of clean energy advocates across the region, including here at SACE.  Though willing to maintain  an open mind, I’m surprised that TVA’s Board would hire Mr. Johnson with his controversial past. Of [...]

Before the Court: SACE Protecting Consumers by Challenging Florida Nuclear Tax

In early October, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy appeared before the Florida Supreme Court to support our argument that Section 366.93, Fla.Stat., which has been dubbed Florida’s “Nuclear Tax,” is not only extremely unfair to Florida Power & Light (FPL) and Progress Energy of Florida (PEF) customers, but more importantly that this early cost recovery [...]

Duke Energy Merger: Glimpsing a Nuclear Future for Florida

Several weeks ago, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s John D. Wilson wrote about the continuing drama of the Duke – Progress utility merger that reflects an ongoing struggle for the future of utilities. It has been reported that concerns about Progress Energy’s management of its nuclear fleet were a source of friction between Duke and Progress [...]

Florida Nuclear Debacles: Throwing Even More Good Money After Bad

Once again the Tampa Bay Times hits the nail on the head with their blistering editorial on the continued debacle at the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida. Their continued investigative reports have shed much needed light on this serious situation. Crystal River, which we coined as a “Humpty Dumpty” reactor because of it’s many [...]

FL PSC Approves Nuclear Humpty Dumpty Settlement

Nuclear power proponents have long billed the atom-splitting energy technology as reliable, cheap power. But if you take a look at Progress Energy Florida’s (PEF) existing and proposed nuclear projects you’d likely come to a much different conclusion. The Florida Public Service Commission just approved a settlement agreement filed by PEF that is intended to [...]