Massive Rate Increase Lands FPL On Naughty List

Christmas may be 25 days away, but it came early for the state’s biggest power company, Florida Power and Light (FPL). The monopoly utility just got the top item on their wish list – a massive rate hike, which will raise profits substantially, after already raking in over $1.6 billion in profit last year.

Beyond Admiration: Changing the Energy Efficiency Conversation

“You coming or going?” a gruff voice asked as I tightened my seatbelt and settled in for my flight from Little Rock to Dallas.  I turned towards my seatmate, a large man with scuffed cowboy boots, extensive tattoos and a long, gray beard, and told him I was headed back home after a very informative [...]

Exposing Corporate Pawns: PACE

One important service we try to provide to our members, supporters, and the news media that follow clean energy issues in our region is information on who is trying to move our country forward on energy policy and who is being paid to hold us back. Many monopoly utilities and fossil fuel companies have large [...]

South Miami Mayor Goes Big on Solar and Bill Savings

This Guest Blog is courtesy of Philip Stoddard, Mayor of South Miami. I am trying to envision my first $7 electric bill from FPL.  For years I’ve watched the prices drop on photovoltaic panels.  Solar hit “grid parity” last year, meaning that installing new solar power had become as cheap as buying power from the [...]

Duke Energy: This is Not Leadership

Shorter versions of this oped were originally published in North Carolina in the Charlotte Observer on February 10, 2014 (found here) and in Florida in the Tampa Bay Times on February 11, 2014 (found here). When Duke Energy merged with Progress Energy to form the largest utility company in the United States, our organization wondered [...]

What Is a Watt, Really?

Clean Energy. We’re all for it. In fact we’re the Southern Alliance for it. But what is it? I’m not talking about the “clean” part. That one word deserves its own essay. I’m talking about the “energy” part. We all have some idea about what energy is. We all pay utility bills. What we’re paying [...]

Controversial Former Progress Energy CEO Appointed to Head TVA

Today’s appointment of former Progress Energy CEO William Johnson as the new CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is raising the eyebrows of clean energy advocates across the region, including here at SACE.  Though willing to maintain  an open mind, I’m surprised that TVA’s Board would hire Mr. Johnson with his controversial past. Of [...]

Largest Remaining Investor Still Stuck In Plant Washington Boondoggle

At the February 16 meeting of its Board of Directors, Snapping Shoals EMC had a chance to do the right thing and end its involvement in developing two new coal-fired power plants in Georgia. It did not. Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is one of 42 rural electric co-ops in the state, and provides [...]

Santee Cooper Sees the Light, Cancels Pee Dee Coal Plant

In an astounding turn of events today, the state-owned utility Santee Cooper Board voted unanimously to suspend their plans to permit and develop the Pee Dee coal-fired power plant in Florence County, South Carolina (along the banks of the Great Pee Dee River). Our hearty congratulations to all of our South Carolina colleagues and allies [...]