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NC green energy industry employs 34,000, census reports

“North Carolina renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses have created the equivalent of 34,000 full-time jobs and generate $6.4 billion a year in revenue, an industry group says.” Originally published on January 13, 2017.

Obama administration denies permits for seismic testing along S.C. coast

“South Carolina environmentalists were disappointed last month when President Barack Obama excluded the state’s coastline from protection against offshore drilling. “These same activists are now cheering the Obama administration’s denial Friday of six permits to perform seismic airgun testing, all of which would have affected the South Carolina coast.” Originally published on January 7, 2017.

Amazon to Flip the Switch on Massive Wind Project in North Carolina

“Before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, 104 wind turbines scattered across 22,000 acres of farmland near Elizabeth City, North Carolina, will begin churning out electricity. It will be the South’s first large-scale wind farm. At 208 megawatts, Avangrid’s facility has the capacity to capture enough of the sky’s kinetic energy to power 61,000 homes. But instead of homes, this electricity will run [ MORE » ]

SC attorney general urges Trump to stop climate rules proposed by Obama

“Environmentalists disputed Wilson’s prediction of a 30 percent rise in energy costs because of the plan. The plan actually will benefit South Carolina by cleaning up power plant pollution while costing the state little money, environmental lawyer Blan Holman said. South Carolina power plants would easily comply and have enough capacity to sell pollution credits to other states, said Holman, who is with the [ MORE » ]

Tampa Electric solar canopies added to Legoland Florida parking lot

“The seven rows of Tampa Electric solar panels over the resort’s preferred parking lot, adjacent to the Legoland Florida theme park entrance, can produce enough electricity to power more than 200 homes and enough shade for more than 600 vehicles. It’s Tampa Electric’s second large-scale, community-sited photovoltaic (PV) array to be installed in its territory, and its first large-scale array in Polk County.” Originally [ MORE » ]

Clean Energy Group Allowed In Gulf Power Rate Increase Case

“Despite objections from Gulf Power, … Southern Alliance for Clean Energy was allowed this week to intervene in the Pensacola-based utility’s rate case at the Florida Public Service Commission.” Originally published on December 10, 2016.

EPA rejects air permit for TVA’s Bull Run coal plant in Tennessee

“McCarthy granted a petition to object to a Clean Air Act title V operating permit issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to TVA. The Nov. 10 order constituted a final action on a petition submitted by Sierra Club and Environmental Integrity Project in September 2015.” Originally published on November 28, 2016.

Largest solar farm in Alabama added to TVA grid

“NextEra Energy Resources, an affiliate company of Florida Power and Light, installed more than 300,000 solar panels on 645 acres of Alabama farmland to capture the sun and generate 75 megawatts of electricity, or enough power to supply 15,000 homes.” Originally published on November 19, 2016.

TVA Plans To Keep Veering Away From Coal, Even Under Trump Administration

“The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to stay the course on reducing its dependence on coal, even under the Trump Administration, which is expected to loosen environmental controls.” Originally published on November 16, 2016.

Solar advocates file suit to block ‘misleading’ Amendment 1

“Using new information that came from a leaked audio recording, solar industry advocates on Wednesday filed two legal actions aimed at asking the Florida Supreme Court to disqualify the outcome of Amendment 1 voting because of revelations they claim are proof that Florida’s electric utility industry intentionally attempted to deceive voters.” Originally published on November 2, 2016.