Georgia Buoys Offshore Wind Power

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) just recently released a “finding of no significant impact” for Southern Company’s proposed offshore wind energy study equipment. The draft environmental assessment found that a meteorological tower or buoys offshore Georgia would have negligible environmental impacts.

Toxic Mercury Pollution Limits Survive Major Court Challenge

This guest post was originally published by Environmental Defense Fund on its Climate 411 blog and was co-authored by Pamela Campos, EDF attorney, and Mandy Warner, EDF Climate & Air Policy Specialist.  Find the original EDF blog post here.  Some environmental threats are hard to explain. Toxic mercury is not. A dangerous neurotoxin that threatens young children, [...]

Clean Coal: A Costly Chimera?

The subject of coal has been dominating news lately.  After being unregulated for decades, the Environmental Protection Agency is finally crafting regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Currently, proposed carbon emission regulations for new power plants are open for public comment and regulations for emissions from existing power plants are due out [...]

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), [...]

Let the Vogtle DOE Loan Guarantee Vanish

This guest post was authored by Kennedy Maize and originally ran as a blog for PowerMag on January 21, 2014. It is being reposted with permission from the author. Find the original post here. Since his post, the Department of Energy extended the loan deadline to the end of this month for Southern Company (and [...]

Burning Coal, Burning Cash in the Southeast

The cost of importing coal is a drain on the economies of Southeastern states, particularly in those states that rely heavily on coal-fired power.  In an updated report, “Burning Coal, Burning Cash” the Union of Concerned Scientists use updated market data to determine just how much money is leaving the Southeast to pay for coal. [...]

Georgia Power Solar Tariff Withdrawn

Today, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) took another step towards using solar power to reform the state’s largest monopoly electric utility, Georgia Power. SACE applauds the PSC decision to approve a settlement agreement withdrawing a proposed tariff on Georgians who use solar for generating their own electricity. Check out our press release here. Georgia Power [...]

Many Coal Plants in the Southeast STILL Ripe for Retirement

The Union of Concerned Scientists(UCS) recently released an update to their existing report that identifies many coal units in the Southeast as “Ripe for Retirement.”   UCS re-analyzed the economics of operating coal units compared to the costs of other forms of generation using more recent 2011 data, updating a November 2012 UCS report.  UCS’ new findings are [...]

Five years since Kingston: Juliette, Georgia still waiting for solutions

Four weeks from now marks the fifth anniversary of the Kingston coal ash spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in American history. Leading up to the anniversary we are  posting a series of blogs highlighting communities throughout the Southeast impacted by  coal ash and its detrimental effects. The rest of the series can be found here. Thanks [...]

Georgia Power Lights the Way with Discounted LEDs

Last month, Georgia Power began offering discounted LEDs (light emitting diodes) at Home Depot, while supplies last. The program is quite simple – all you have to do is stop by Home Depot and buy the discounted LEDs! While you are in Home Depot, you might be able to pick up discounted CFLs (compact florescent [...]