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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.…

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2012 Utility Efficiency Savings Goals Met by TVA, Georgia Power and Duke Energy

The Southeast utilities are starting to step up their game in energy efficiency. I am pleased to report that three of the major utilities here in the Southeast not only met their…

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Louisiana Public Service Commission backs out on efficiency rules

In a bizarre reversal last Wednesday, the Louisiana Public Service Commission repealed the energy efficiency rules they had just passed in December, thereby undoing their first and only step toward saving customers money…

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Scathing report finds Alabama PSC failing to protect ratepayers

A new report from the Arise Citizens’ Policy Project released March 1, “Public Utility Regulation Without the Public: The Alabama Public Service Commission and Alabama Power” [PDF] details ways Alabama’s utility regulatory…

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Volunteer Energy Leads the Way

Members of Volunteer Energy Cooperative should be pleased with their efforts, as their Cooperative is leading the way on energy efficiency among the power distributors served by TVA. Late last year VEC, at the…

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Southern Company: Squirreling the Energy Efficiency Debate

‘Squirreling’ is banned at the World Schools Debating Championships. What, you don't know what squirreling is? Or what it has to do with energy efficiency? Well, today is your lucky day! According…

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Mississippi to surpass Alabama in energy efficiency?

Slow and steady wins the race, they say. Though Alabama was off to a better start,  it's beginning to look like the state of Mississippi is going to surpass Alabama in their…

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Meeting power needs with less coal in Georgia

Ulla Reeves, SACE's Regional Program Director, contributed to and edited this blog. On January 7, Georgia Power Co. announced that it would shutter 15 generating units – about 2,000 megawatts (MW) or…

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Many Coal Plants in the SE are Ripe for Retirement

Today the Union of Concerned Scientists released an important new report entitled "Ripe for Retirement: The Case for Closing America's Costliest Coal Plants", which highlights the financial uncertainty of many coal plants around the…

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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…