Colorado shows path forward on renewable energy

From Colorado to the Southeast? A major settlement on vexing renewable energy issues has just been announced in Colorado that has important implications for the Southeast. On August 15, a major settlement was announced between Xcel Energy, the staff of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and numerous businesses and associations in Xcel Energy’s rate case. […]

South Carolina Leads Southeast in Coal Ash Cleanup; NC and TN Taking Action

Cleaning up coal ash works. What are our southeastern states doing to make it happen? This post is part one of a two-part series exploring the state of coal ash regulation and clean up in the Southeast. Part one focuses on North and South Carolina and Tennessee.

Santee Cooper Proposes to Shut Down Solar – Before It Can Even Get Started

On October 16, the Santee Cooper Board of Directors will meet to hear final comments on its proposed 3-year rate increases, including a new rate schedule for solar customers that will be one of the most punitive in the country if adopted. This plan flies in the face of recent efforts in South Carolina to […]

What do all nuclear reactors under construction in the U.S. have in common?

Hint: this isn’t a hard question to answer if you look back at the nuclear power industry’s track record. And the answer is? Drum roll please… All five nuclear reactors presently under construction in the U.S. are… delayed and over budget. That’s 100%! Every single one… SCANA now joins other utilities including Tennessee Valley Authority and […]

Thirteen More Coal Ash Disasters Waiting to Happen

Four days after the Southeast’s most recent coal ash disaster began, Duke Energy has yet to stop coal ash flowing into the Dan River. The impoundment failure is now the nation’s 3rd worst coal ash disaster and 13 additional Duke Energy power plants lurk across the state with old ash impoundments, already cited in lawsuits as […]

Want to learn more about the Fukushima nuclear disaster? Read this book, come to Atlanta!

Just a month before the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan and led to the still-ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear complex, a new book is being released documenting the harrowing events. Join Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and our partner, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND), […]

Santee Cooper Leads South in Cleaning Up Coal Ash Waste

For almost half a century Santee Cooper dumped coal ash in unlined pits at its Grainger Power Station in Conway, South Carolina. This ash pollutes the Waccamaw River with high levels of arsenic and other toxic heavy metals, prompting SACE and other conservation groups to file suit against the utility for violating the federal Clean Water […]

Southeast Coal Roundup – Duke and Other Southeast Utilities

Across our region, utilities are announcing idling or retirement of their older, uncontrolled coal units and embracing futures with less coal and more renewables in their long term generation planning.  First we brought you the story of coal’s decline in the TVA service territory.  Last week we followed up with a look at the future […]

EPA: Coal Plants Still #1 Source of U.S. Carbon Emissions

There’s nothing like a heaping serving of data to really drive a point home – and that’s exactly what the Environmental Protection Agency does with its most recent report of plant-by-plant emissions data.  EPA’s 2011 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program report is loaded with emissions data from 1,594 fossil fuel plants across the nation.  The resoundingly […]

More Tricks than Treats from Coal Industry

In case the horror movies and Hurricane/Frankenstorm Sandy weren’t enough to scare you this Halloween season, a glimpse at the horrors that are unleashed due to the operation of coal fired power plants should send chills down your spine. Recently, Dr. Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University, released a terrifying […]