Solar For All Report Offers Solutions to Help Disadvantaged Southeastern Communities Harness the Sun

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) recently released a report entitled Solar For All: What Utilities Can Do Right Now to Bring Solar Within Reach for Everyday Folks. SACE supports the report, and we are working hard with SELC and other allies to help make solar more accessible for low-to-moderate income (LMI) families across the [...]

Guest Post: Rural Electric Cooperatives Improve Energy Efficiency with On-Bill Financing

Guest Post from Marilynn Marsh-Robinson with Environmental Defense Fund: Most Americans think their electricity comes from large power companies. In North Carolina, my home state, that might mean Duke Energy or Dominion Resources. But did you know that 42 million people in 47 states get their electricity from electric cooperatives? These member-owned electric utilities were first formed back in the 1930s to provide electricity to people living in rural areas and small towns.

Koch Empire Attacks Energy Efficiency

Right-wing organizations, many of which are connected to Charles and David Koch, have now turned to attacking the cheapest, most modular, reliable, and zero-carbon resource – energy efficiency. One would think that conservation is conservative, but they would have us think again. The Koch Empire, with its vested interest in fossil fuels and the energy [...]

Energy Efficiency At The Forefront of Cooperative Principles In Tennessee

The following post was written by Appalachian Voices Energy Policy Director Rory McIlmoil, and was originally published on the App Voices Front Porch Blog. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is partnered with App Voices on on-bill financing advocacy work in Tennessee, and SACE Energy Policy Manager Taylor Allred participated in the September 5 retreat described below. [...]

Two is Better Than One: SC Public Service Commissioners Support Efficiency for the Holidays

The South Carolina Public Service Commission affirmed its support for energy efficiency twice during the holiday season! First by approving South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G)’s financial incentive and energy efficiency programs, and then by approving Duke Energy’s financial incentive and programs. Both SCE&G and Duke Energy will be saving South Carolinians energy for years [...]

USDA announces energy efficiency loan funding for cooperatives

SACE is excited to announce that yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final rule on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program.  The USDA anticipates that, under the Rural Utilities Services department of the USDA,  it will provide $250 million in federal loans to rural electric cooperatives and utilities who can then [...]

South Carolina On-Bill Financing Gives Homeowners More Freedom!

As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight another successful independence tale: The story of South Carolinians regaining control of their energy spending! In a timely report released on Tuesday, South Carolina’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives (co-ops) announced the results of their “Help My House” Loan Pilot Program. [...]