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Department of Energy approves Tennessee Solar Initiative

The Department of Energy approved Tennessee's State Energy Plan on September 14th, marking a big step forward for the developing solar markets in Tennessee.  The final plan, known as the Volunteer State…

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The Road to Copenhagen with Climate Week in the USA and Beyond

As the name implies, global climate change is an issue impacting the entire planet.  While scientists have reached consensus about the importance of drastically reducing global warming pollution, government leaders have yet…

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When Power Interest and Public Interest Collide in Florida

It has been a great disappointment but not a surprise to watch the veil of utility regulation pulled back in Florida. The Florida Public Service Commission is the state agency entrusted with…

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Lessons from the Road in Coastal North Carolina

In late August, I embarked on a trip to coastal North Carolina to meet business-owners, citizens and local decision makers to involve them in the regional climate and energy work that we…

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Climate Change and Peak Oil, Two Problems with One Solution

While reading about peak oil recently, it became clear to me why peak oil advocates and climate action advocates should be natural allies.  While the challenges of peak oil may be different…

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Clean energy competitiveness, by the numbers

If reason drove the national energy and climate debate, we wouldn't need more studies about costs and jobs. It seems fairly obvious that if you invest in a lower cost energy resource…

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Choosing Sides in the Climate Debate

While many Americans and most of the media remained focused on the issue of health care policy, corporate giants are quietly and not-so-quietly choosing sides in another national debate: energy and climate…

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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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Don't Sell Florida Beaches to Big Oil

The debate for opening up waters to offshore drilling within 10 miles of the Florida coast continues in full fervor.  In fact, it is likely that the Florida State Legislature will consider…

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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…