Uniontown, AL Prepares to Demand Justice on Coal Ash

This guest post is written by Debra Mayfield and was originally published on Earthjustice’s blog on August 19, 2014. Earlier this month, Marianne Engelman Lado from the Northeast office and I travelled back to Uniontown, Alabama, a small, quiet, predominantly African American town that received over 4 million cubic yards of poisonous coal ash from the [...]

TVA Board Approves Retirement of Allen Coal Plant in Memphis

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to retire all three coal-fired units of the Allen Fossil Plant (990 MW) in Memphis and approved replacement with a new 1,000 MW natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) plant. TVA plans to build the new 1,000 MW NGCC plant directly across from the current [...]

TVA should expand investment in solar

This post, by Anne Davis of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Stephen Smith of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, was originally a Guest Column in Knoxville News-Sentinel on Saturday, August 9, 2014 and can be viewed here. The Tennessee Valley Authority has a golden opportunity this month, as it sets its budget for [...]

Kingston Recovery Continues: TVA Pays $27.8 Million to Coal Ash Spill Victims

Last week the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) finally agreed to pay $27.8 million to more than 800 property owners who suffered damage from the massive 2008 Kingston coal ash spill. The spill is one the largest of its kind in US history, and spread over one billion gallons of toxic coal ash over 300 acres [...]

TVA Considers Retirement of Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, TN

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) outlining its plans to retire the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis and to replace it with a new natural gas-fired plant.  We at SACE applaud TVA’s continued commitment to reduce its reliance on coal-fired energy and its efforts to reduce its overall contribution [...]

EPA carbon rule good for business … and for people

This post – written by John Noel, President of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s board of directors – originally appeared in the Tennessean on June 25 and can be viewed here. The recent Environmental Protection Agency rule to reduce carbon dioxide pollution will be good for business. CO2 is the main driver of climate change, but [...]

What the Clean Power Plan Means for the Southeast

On Wednesday, June 18, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register, officially starting the 120-day comment period.  Released on June 2, the Clean Power Plan is EPA’s first regulation aimed at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.  In previous SACE blogs, we’ve provided a [...]

5 Ways Tennessee Can Reduce its Power Plant Emissions

This guest blog was written by Michael Obeiter, Kristin Meek and Rebecca Gasper of the World Resources Institute (WRI).  The original post can be found here. A new WRI analysis finds that Tennessee can reduce its CO2 emissions 22 percent below 2011 levels by 2020 just by taking advantage of existing infrastructure opportunities. Tennessee could reduce CO2 [...]

Remembering TN’s Coal Ash Problems After NC’s Dan River Disaster

In the wake of the recent coal ash disaster at Duke Energy’s Dan River plant in Eden, NC, environmental groups have become increasingly concerned with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) handling of toxic coal ash within the state. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Tennessee’s coal ash impoundments can hold up [...]

Mississippi is the “sunshine state” for the Tennessee Valley Authority

Where are the best spots to build solar power in the Tennessee Valley Authority? It turns out, many of them are in Mississippi! We recently obtained 16 years of simulated solar power production data from Clean Power Research for the Tennessee Valley Authority region, looking at 26 sites scattered from east to west, and north [...]