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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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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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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…