Guest Post – The Present and Future of Smart Charging: Experts Weigh In

SACE is committed to finding ways to enhance our energy systems, support greater penetration of electric vehicles. improve demand response and work with our utilities to identify opportunities that maximize these benefits. We recently participated in Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) Smart Charging workshop focused on the idea that using electric vehicles as flexible loads [...]

A tragic anniversary: Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster – 5 years later

March 11, 2016, marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that killed thousands of people and triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan, subsequently forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Life has still not returned to normal – tens of thousands of [...]

How Electric Cars Trump Gasoline

With the Southeast’s heavy reliance on coal power, the emissions benefit of electric vehicles (EVs) has been brought into question in recent years. Not only that, but what about the associated emissions from manufacturing and disposing of EV batteries? In the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) new report, Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave, they answer [...]

New Report: Power Infrastructure Faces Increased Vulnerability From Climate Change

“A resilient power system is flexible, responds to challenges, enables quick recoveries, and is available when we need it most. Developing resilient power resources means shifting away from relying on a centralized grid to a more decentralized system designed to meet essential grid loads, even during extreme weather events. Most importantly, a resilient approach that places efficient and clean energy technologies at the core of its solutions helps our communities prepare for a climate-impacted future while also reducing the emissions that are driving those effects.”

EPA Expands the Role of Renewable Energy in the Final Clean Power Plan

On August 3, the EPA finalized the Clean Power Plan, placing limits on carbon emissions from our nation’s power plants for the first time. Undervalued as carbon-curbing technologies in the proposed draft, the EPA took several steps to strengthen the role that renewables can play in the final rule. That means wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources are well positioned to help states meet their emission reduction targets and accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean, low-carbon economy.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Setting the Record Straight on the Benefits and Costs

In honor of Vanderbilt University’s event “The Clean Power Plan: Health, Energy Demand and Economic Effects” (taking place today and tomorrow) we are publishing this guest blog written by John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst with Union of Concerned Scientists.  The original post can be found here.  You can live stream Vanderbilt’s event on Monday May 18 and Tuesday May [...]

What have we learned in the four years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the devastating Great Japan East Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that killed many thousands of people, with thousands still missing, and triggered a triple-meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. A reported 250,000 people still remain displaced, with the Fukushima prefecture officially stating that over 118,000 Fukushima people are still [...]

The Natural Gas Gamble: New UCS Report Highlights Dependence Concerns

The Natural Gas Gamble Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new analysis, which shows that instead of aggressive over-reliance on natural gas by utilities as they phase out coal plants, a far better bet for achieving a clean energy future is to greatly expand the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. [...]

Why EVs are still cleaner than gasoline vehicles in the Southeast

Late last week, a response piece, Blowback: Why zero-emission electric cars are still dirty by Dr. Sam Shelton was published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC). I admire the work that Dr. Shelton has done over the years on energy issues in Georgia, and we agree on some of the points made in the article – specifically that [...]

Public Comment Period Closes for EPA’s Clean Power Plan, But There’s More Work to be Done

You can access previous SACE blogs on the Clean Power Plan by clicking the following links: May 28th, June 23rd, July 30th, and August 25th.  You can also access a recent SACE webinar that explains the specifics of the Clean Power Plan and opportunities for the Southeast here. December 1st marked the end of the [...]