19 1/2 Similarities Between Sailboats and Wind Turbines

Wind turbines and sailboats share many commonalities. Both are super advanced, highly popular and lovable, low cost and protective of the environment, but do you know all of the 19 1/2 ways wind turbines and sailboats are similar?

Big Wind Turbines, Big Opportunity for the South

The Department of Energy just announced a $2 million funding opportunity for taller wind turbines, which is big news for everyone in the South. Not only could the funding go to a Southern business, but also the research to accompany the funding announcement shows a giant resource potential in the South that has been previously largely unknown.

Green Super Bowl XLVIII: Champions of Sustainability

Green Super Bowl XLVIII: Champions of Sustainability. According to Sustainable Business News, this game may be the most sustainable Super Bowl of all time.

Wind Energy Worth the Investment

To support this American-made industry and many other sources of energy, President George H.W. Bush passed the Production Tax Credit in the early 1990s. Every president since then has renewed this tax credit in order to reduce the overall tax burden on the relatively new wind industry, highlighting its wide bipartisan support. The Production Tax Credit for wind energy has historically been renewed on somewhat of an annual basis; but because of the dysfunction of the current Congress, the tax credit has recently lapsed.

Sounds like a Wind Farm Ban

Generally, wind turbines have been compared to refrigerators in terms of their relative sound level. According to the EPA, sound levels at 55 dB outside and 45 dB inside are unlikely to cause annoyance. For example, if a proposed regulation is below 45 decibels (the EPA level for indoor noise), it should be fairly clear that the proposing regulator is not interested in allowing wind development but is instead aiming to ban by regulation.

UCS Report: Wind Cheaper than Keeping Alabama Coal Plants Alive

Newly updated research shows that Alabama is still high on the list of states with coal plants that may be more expensive to maintain than to replace with cleaner sources, as we noted in an earlier blog. The report, an update of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ripe for Retirement using 2012 numbers (the most [...]

Tourists Flock to Wind Turbines: 14 Examples of Ecotourism

Wind turbines across the country have become tourist attractions, just like their old windmill predecessors. Some people go out of their way to find wind farms, snap pictures and get a glimpse of homegrown American clean energy. This shouldn’t be a surprise. A new Navigant study found that ten times as many Americans have positive attitudes towards wind energy than those that have negative attitudes.

Additionally, the few American studies completed regarding wind farm tourism – including those completed by Clemson University and University of Delaware – suggest that wind farms can boost tourism and that tourists tend be supportive of wind farms near their recreation areas. Meanwhile, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that wind farms support a cottage tourism industry.

Wind Power: Keeping the Lights On

It’s been one cold week, and grid operators have struggled to keep the juice flowing for consumers from New England all the way to the Lone Star State. In Texas, wind power helped keep the lights on when some traditional power plants unexpectedly shut down during peak load times.

Conservative States Making Waves in Renewables

If Southerners and Midwesterners see a bargain in wind energy, then something must be going right.

2013: The Year in Review

Seasons greetings from all of us here at SACE!  Before we take some time to enjoy the holiday season, we wanted to pause and celebrate our accomplishments over the last year.  We couldn’t have done it without your support! It’s been a great year across the Southeast for much of our important work.  We’ve seen [...]