SPEAK UP: Duke Energy Rate Adjustment Hearings in NC!

Duke Energy Progress, which provides power to over a million households and 200,000 businesses in North Carolina, is proposing a major rate hike

Climate Signals and Hurricane Irma

Climate change is amplifying the damage done by hurricanes, by elevating sea levels and extending the reach of storm surge and by fueling storms with greater rainfall. Climate change may also be driving the observed trend of increasing hurricane intensity as well as the observed trend of more rapidly intensifying hurricanes. In addition there is significant evidence linking climate change to the observed shift in the track of hurricanes such as Irma toward the US coast.

Seeking Southern Climate Champs – Are You In?

The attacks to clean energy are in full force. President Trump is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, halting EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and placing dirty pipelines back on the table. Here in the Southeast, wind energy development is under attack, and offshore drilling and seismic blasting are, once again, a threat to our coasts.

North Carolina Proposes Wind Farm Ban, Defies Department of Defense

North Carolina legislators are proposing wasting potentially thousands of dollars on an unnecessary study to evaluate wind farms and military interactions, a duplicative effort given that the Department of Defense already evaluates renewable energy projects. “There is an existing Department of Defense (DOD) process to evaluate – and if necessary – block wind farms, that was strengthened in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” according to the American Wind Energy Association.

Considering an electric ride? There’s no better time with Nissan’s $10,000 instant rebate

If you live in North Carolina or Georgia (and some other states around the country) and have been considering buying an electric vehicle, there’s a month left to take advantage of an incredible incentive offered by Nissan: a $10,000 rebate for the all-electric Nissan LEAF through June 30, 2017. Click here for more details in North Carolina or Georgia, and check [...]

Re-cap from Climate Marches in Asheville, Charleston and South Florida!

Climate action was in the air on Saturday, April 29th at various climate marches held throughout the Southeast. SACE staff was excited to participate in three sister events this year. Here’s a short re-cap and photos from those events.

Pruitt EPA’s Water Pollution Delay Extends Uncertainty for Southeast Coal Plants

Since 1982, little has changed about the toxic pollution coal-fired power plants are allowed to dump in water, although change was on its way. Unfortunately, if EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has his way, our waterways and our health will remain threatened by our nation’s leading source of toxic water pollution – coal fired power plants. We will have to keep on waiting for modern, updated protections and coal plant operators face continued uncertainty over their compliance obligations – uncertainty that may actually accelerate coal’s decline. In early May, Environmental groups challenged the legality Administrator Pruitt’s stay.

In the Southeast, many power plants’ operators were already preparing to meet new 2015 standards, which would go into effect in 2018, updating pollution control technology at their plants and working with state agencies to update state water discharge permits. The 2015 Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs), which represents the first update to these regulations since 1982, nearly eliminates dumping of ash-contaminated wastewater, and for the first time, limits the discharge of toxic heavy metals that come from removing toxics from the air pollution stream and trapping them in sludge as part of the wastewater stream.

Solar Sunday at Highland Brewing Company!

SACE is excited to partner with Highland Brewing Company for Solar Sunday on May 7th. Bring the family for a tour of Highland Brewing’s impressive rooftop solar system, complete with a rooftop bar! Enjoy music by local band Chalwa, enter to win local raffle prizes (listed below), and mingle with SACE staff, who will be on hand to chat about clean energy in western North Carolina. This event is family-friendly!

Considering an electric vehicle? There’s no better time with Nissan’s $10,000 instant rebate

UPDATE: PluginNC just announced the $10,000 instant rebate from Nissan is extended until June 30, 2017. Click here for more details and check with dealerships in your state if you live outside of NC. If you live in North Carolina or Georgia (and some other states around the country) and have been considering buying an [...]

Avangrid Renewables Wins North Carolina’s First Offshore Wind Lease for $9 Million

This blog post was co-written by SACE Renewable Energy Manager Simon Mahan and Coastal Climate & Energy Manager Chris Carnevale. North Carolina’s first offshore wind lease sale was held today and Avangrid Renewables was named provisional winner of the lease sale, having offered the high bid of $9,066,650, outbidding three other companies. As the provisional [...]