Where the 2016 Candidates Stand on Energy Issues: NC Governor Pat McCrory

2016 Candidate Series: Leadership from a state’s governor is critical to setting the tone for energy policies, like REPS, and this blog series aims to inform voters on the policy stances regarding energy and climate issues that face North Carolina. First we evaluate current North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who is running for re-election this November. Pat McCrory worked for Duke Energy for 29 years and served as Charlotte’s longest-running mayor before retiring in 2008 to run for Governor of North Carolina. Prior to his 2012 gubernatorial election, Governor McCrory also served as a champion for Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers-backed anti-clean energy organization.

What do Alpharetta GA and Asheville NC have in common this weekend?

Turns out electric vehicles can bring people together and help save the planet! We are thrilled to announce Alpharetta’s Mayor David Belle Isle and race car driver Leilani Munter will be joining SACE and allies at two separate events this weekend. As part of National Drive Electric Week, SACE has helped to organize local events in Alpharetta, Georgia (metro Atlanta) and Asheville, North Carolina where our special guests will be in attendance to promote electric vehicles and clean energy.

Is PURPA really driving solar in North Carolina?

So under NC-REPS, avoided costs are recovered in one tariff (a legal document that connects cost recovery to customer bills) and the remaining revenues needed for renewable energy are recovered in another tariff. So regardless of whether the project is contracted under PURPA or not, the costs have to be split up into two buckets, PURPA and “all the rest.” It is literally extra work for everyone involved to NOT use the PURPA rate in North Carolina.

National Drive Electric Week: Events coming to a town near you!

SACE staffers are getting charged up for this year’s National Drive Electric Week, held September 10-18th. We hope our supporters across the Southeast will make plans to attend these fun and informative events that promote electric vehicles. Specifically in our region, SACE has gotten invovled with Drive Electric events in Alpharetta, Georgia and Asheville, North Carolina. To learn more about these specific events, visit our Facebook pages linked below.

SACE and Ultimate Ice Cream partner to bring more clean energy to the Southeast

SACE is excited to partner with Asheville’s Ultimate Ice Cream for the entire month of July! We invite you and your familiy to enjoy yummy, local ice cream while supporting our mission to bring more clean energy to the Southeast. Swing by either of their locations at 195 Charlotte Street or 1070 Tunnel Road in Asheville.

Electric Vehicles Spread in North Carolina

Last month, SACE participated in the Workplace Electric Vehicles (EV) Workshop, co-hosted by Advanced Energy and Land and Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition. This event was hosted at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, NC, which has incorporated solar energy into their parking lot design, has several EV charging stations close to the entrance and recently earned [...]

As Utilities Embrace Clean Energy, Southeast Needs Smart Policies to Promote Local Renewables Growth

Even utilities in our notoriously coal-dependent Southeast are getting in on the action. Duke Energy, one of the two biggest utilities in our region, in late April announced plans to increase its renewable energy capacity to 8,000 megawatts by 2020, up by one-third over previous targets. “We’re finding that it’s competitive” on a cost basis, Duke Energy company spokesman Randy Wheeless has said of renewables. “It makes good business sense.” The Atlanta-based Southern Company, parent company of Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power, intends to exceed its previously announced renewables totals for 2017 and 2018 and just bought a North Carolina company, PowerSecure, that focuses on distributed generation—smaller-scale local power often provided by renewable sources—along with energy efficiency. NextEra Energy, based in Juno, Florida and the parent of that state’s largest utility, Florida Power & Light (FPL), is a national leader in wind power development. “We continue to believe that the fundamentals for the North American renewables business have never been stronger,” NextEra Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO John Ketchum said on an April 28th earnings call.

Guest Post: N.C. DEQ asks for new deadline to finalize coal ash storage classifications

Last week, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released new classifications for Duke Energy’s coal ash storage across the state. In the rankings, all sites are listed as high or intermediate priority, meaning the ash would be excavated by 2019 or 2024. Yet DEQ has asked to be able to revise the plan in 18 months, providing little security to the many North Carolinians whose communities, drinking water, and homes are threatened by this toxic ash.

North Carolina’s Secret Agenda to Destroy Renewable Energy

North Carolina’s Senate Bill 843 was introduced recently, and if implemented, would flush the entire renewable energy industry down the toilet.

To Drink or Not to Drink: A Change in Advice for North Carolina Well Owners Near Coal Ash Ponds

This is a guest post originally written by Robin W. Smith for the SmithEnvironment Blog. Smith is a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in environmental law and policy. Before starting a private environmental law and consulting firm in 2013,  Smith served as Assistant Secretary for Environment at the North Carolina Department of [...]