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), [...]

How the Polar Vortex is Fueled by and a Threat to Our Energy Infrastructure

“More and more Arctic sea ice is melting during summer months. The more ice that melts, the more the Arctic Ocean warms. The ocean radiates much of that excess heat back to the atmosphere in winter, which disrupts the polar vortex. Data taken over the past decade indicate that when a lot of Arctic sea ice disappears in the summer, the vortex has a tendency to weaken over the subsequent winter, if related atmospheric conditions prevail over the northern Atlantic Ocean.”

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 [...]

Clemson Wind Turbine Testing Facility Opens in North Charleston

Yesterday was the grand opening of the Clemson University Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility, the biggest and most advanced test center of its kind in the world. SACE was a sponsor of the event had the pleasure of sending a small team to attend. The facility will test advanced wind turbines by simulating field conditions [...]

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 [...]

Energy Efficiency: The New Energy Superhero of the Southeast

SACE recently finished its review of 2011 energy efficiency impacts for the major utilities in Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas and Tennessee. We are proud to announce that all major utilities are now offering energy efficiency programs, and have shown marked improvements in the past five years. In fact, from 2009-2011, efficiency savings have almost tripled! In [...]

Duke Energy leads Southeastern utilities in avoiding taxes

According to a new study from Citizens for Tax Justice, Duke Energy led five other Southeastern utilities in avoiding federal corporate income taxes. Compared to the statutory 35% corporate tax rate, Southeastern utilities paid about 10.5% of pre-tax profits in federal taxes during the 2008-10 time period. Duke’s effective tax rate of -3.9% (that is, [...]

Why the Southeast needs to catch up on energy efficiency

Recently, we shared the great news that most utility customers across the Southeastern states that we focus on have or will very soon have access to meaningful energy efficiency programs. By 2015, these efficiency programs are projected to achieve energy savings ten times what they were just a few years ago. We’re excited about that [...]