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Will Florida choose a high-cost energy future?

August 2009 was busy in Tallahassee for Florida utilities. With lots of attention from the media, early in the month, Gov. Charlie Crist and the Cabinet approved new nuclear reactors for Progress…

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TVA may shut down least efficient coal plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority, which operates the oldest fleet of coal plants in the South, is looking at shutting down its oldest coal-fired facilities. In April, I blogged about the Tennessee Valley…

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Time flies when you are having fun: a year in review from an energy advocate

It's been a whirlwind of a year since I accepted the position as SACE's  Tennessee Valley Energy Policy Associate here in Knoxville.  So much has happened, both good and bad, that it…

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SACE 100 New Nukes Response

Senator Alexander’s recently unveiled “Blueprint for 100 Nuclear Power Plants in 20 years” will neither reduce energy costs nor provide clean energy. The “Blueprint” is part of the GOP’s four-step plan to…

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What happened with my Home Green Home

In 2007, our family renovated an older home. We tried to pay close attention to energy efficiency and clean energy concerns. Recently, I calculated the impact of our green rehab in terms…

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Declaring your energy independence

This 4th of July, celebrate the anniversary of our country's independence with more than a cookout and sparklers. This Independence Day weekend, declare your independence from our fossil fuel past and take…

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Shhh! The climate bill will reduce electricity bills. (They won't believe it.)

While utility executives are trying to scare people with claims that "climate and energy policy is a conspiracy of the Northeast and the West Coast to drive the cost of electric power…

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Southeast looks to Congress for strong building efficiency codes

As the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) makes it way through Congress, SACE has expressed some important concerns, notably the weak energy resource standards and allowance give-aways. But there is…

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Carolinas moving forward on energy efficiency

With less fanfare than you might expect, state governments and utilities in the Carolinas have moved forward on energy efficiency. In total, we estimate that these programs could reduce electricity demand by…

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Efficiency the size of a power plant (Duke Save-a-Watt resolved!)

Today we announced an agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas (pdf here) to dramatically increase the size of the "Save-a-Watt" energy efficiency program, while at the same time adding features to ensure that…