EV-friendly policies can provide BIG benefits for Georgia

The blog was written by Anne Blair, SACE, and Katherine Stainken, Plug-In America. Two years ago, Georgia was second in the nation for the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. But in 2015, Georgia repealed the state’s existing tax credit for Zero Emissions (ZEV) vehicles, which had been on the books since the [...]

Question and Answer: An improved tool for watchdogging coal ash in the Southeast

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) created its informational website SoutheastCoalAsh.org in late 2012 as a resource to those wishing to learn more about the topic. Since then, the coal-ash issue’s landscape has changed many times over thanks to the 2014 Dan River spill, but especially because both the federal and state regulatory landscapes have changed. The site has been updated to include more prominent mapping of coal ash sites across the Southeast along with tracking industry’s responses to deadlines established by EPA’s coal ash rule and state rules.

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 [...]

Sleeping Giants: TVA and Georgia Power Stuck in Second Gear on Energy Efficiency

This is the third entry in a new blog series entitled Energy Savings in the Southeast. We will dive into the recent performance of Southeastern utilities’ energy efficiency programs, and highlight how the region can achieve more money-saving and carbon-reducing energy savings. Future posts in this series can be found here. While even the region’s top achievers have room [...]

Will TVA Sweep Coal Ash Under the Rug?

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is hosting public meetings across its territory to hear concerns from residents about its plan to “close” some of its toxic coal ash pits. This plan practically guarantees that prolonged and continuous contamination will occur on every waterway that has one of these coal ash impoundments near it. All this in an attempt to avoid compliance with federal requirements for new coal ash landfills that establish safer practices for the long-term storage of this dangerous waste.

Uniontown, AL: Community with civil rights legacy demanding justice

Uniontown, Alabama is located in Perry County, a part of the South with a vibrant civil rights history. Not only was Perry County the home of both civil rights martyr Jimmie Lee Jackson and Coretta Scott King, but local residents also report the town had some of the most peaceful race relations in Alabama during [...]

Top 7 Reasons for Considering an Electric Vehicle Today

This post was written by Josh Goldman, policy analyst, Clean Vehicles, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and was originally published on the UCS’ blog, The Equation, on April 2, 2014. SACE is partnering with Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to highlight clean fuel vehicle strategies to cut oil consumption. UCS’ Half the Oil plan aims to cut [...]

Continued Carbon Dioxide Emissions Savings at SACE!

I am proud to announce that SACE reduced our carbon dioxide emissions by another ten metric tons from 2011 to 2012! As in years past, after calculating our footprint, we purchased offsets for the equivalent of 166 metric tons of carbon dioxide from Native Energy. As with the last three years, we calculated Scope 1, [...]

Down Four Cars or So: 2011 Carbon Footprint for SACE

Due to the move and the construction done to our new Knoxville office, it took a bit longer this year to calculate SACE’s carbon footprint than it did last year. However, I am pleased to announce that our carbon dioxide emissions are down from 2010 to 2011 by about 20 metric tons! That is the [...]

Working Together for a Nuclear Free, Carbon Free Energy Future

A version of the below blog was originally posted by Southern Energy Network’s Florida Organizer, Jacquie Ayala. Find more of her blogs here. She was joined at the SE Nuclear Summit by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s High Risk Energy Choices Program Director, Sara Barczak. At the end of June, in the blistering heat of [...]