Are industrial power customers favored too much?

Across the Southeast, industrial power customers get special perks. One reason is that they can afford to hire lawyers and experts to persist in asking for the most favorable treatment they can get. One example of this is the advance payment for Georgia Power Company’s Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project. Georgia Power customers have already [...]

Unusual Bedfellows at the Georgia PSC

What do the Georgia Tea Party, low-income advocates, faith leaders, and green business have in common? They were all at the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) this week calling for more clean energy in Georgia Power’s long term energy plan – some for more solar, some for expanded efficiency programs, some for retirement of coal [...]

Revitalizing a Community with Environment in Mind: A New Hope in New Norris

This blog was written by SACE intern Jeannie McKinney and Natalie Mims. Our nation has seen an exponential rise in environmental activism and energy problem solving within the last decade, and the Southeast is no exception.  Today, community groups are starting to create their own energy and sustainability solutions to local and national environmental problems. [...]

Solar net metering 101

Ever thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if I could put a solar panel on my roof and get paid for it by the utility?” Well, this 2-part report from a San Diego TV reporter is a pretty good primer on the issues you would face. Check out the videos after the break (they both [...]

Solar Decathlon impresses despite nasty weather

All week last week, while traveling to Denver for a conference by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, I was looking forward to the Solar Decathlon. (No offense to ACEEE of course.) Even on Friday, when the weather was best described as “questionable,” it was a great feeling to walk across the D.C. [...]

Smith home featured in Tennessee solar home tour

This Saturday, the City of Knoxville will hold a Solar Tour and Fair in conjunction with the world’s largest grassroots solar event, the American Solar Energy Society National Solar Tour. Beginning at 9 a.m., the event will provide information and workshops at Krutch Park located on Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville and a self-guided tour [...]