Taxpayers in the dark and at risk from Vogtle nuclear loan guarantees

SACE’s High Risk Energy Choices program director, Sara Barczak, contributed to this blog post from Whitney Rappole, 2014 graduate of Emory Law School and former Turner Environmental Law Clinic student. As a student attorney at the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law, I was given the opportunity to join the Clinic in representing [...]

Thirsty Vogtle nuclear reactors would guzzle more water from the Savannah River

Southern Company’s water-hogging Plant Vogtle aims to get even thirstier if the proposed two new nuclear reactors under construction receive approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for a large water withdrawal permit from the already imperiled Savannah River. The state agency is considering a permit request for up to 74 million gallons per [...]

Secret sweetheart deal for Georgia nuclear reactors puts taxpayers at risk

Earlier this week, shocking news was released regarding $6.5 billion in taxpayer-backed federal loan guarantees for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia. Two partners in the project, Georgia Power (subsidiary of Southern Co.) and Oglethorpe Power, had to pay $0, zip, nothing for something known as the “credit subsidy fee” — essentially [...]

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 [...]