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Atlanta may require new buildings to accommodate electric vehicles

“New commercial and single-family residential units built in the city would have to be “EV-ready,” according to an ordinance introduced into the Atlanta City Council Monday by Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms. “The ordinance would require new developments to install the electrical infrastructure to support EV chargers, including electrical panel space reserved for breakers for future 40 amp service. “The ordinance also requires one of [ MORE » ]

Odd bedfellows fight Trump bid to boost coal, nuclear energy

“The Trump administration says coal is back and nuclear energy is cool. Not at the expense of natural gas, wind and solar, insists an unusual coalition of business and environmental groups.” Originally published on October 11, 2017.

State Senator Says FPL Isn’t Preparing Miami’s Nuclear Plant for Sea-Level Rise

“…in his August letter to the NRC, Rodriguez laid out three specific concerns, which clean-energy activists opposed to FPL’s expansion plans have voiced repeatedly: First, Rodriguez said Turkey Point’s Combined Operating License application (COL) accounts for only a foot of sea-level rise by 2100 even though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned last January that the seas could rise as much as 8.2 [ MORE » ]

Tampa Electric agrees to generate enough solar power for 100,000 homes

“Tampa Electric Co. is making a substantial commitment to solar energy: the utility on Thursday pledged to build 600 megawatts of solar energy capability — enough to power 100,000 homes — by 2021.” Originally published September 28, 2017.

North Carolina, Pennsylvania Municipalities Commit To 100% Clean Energy

“On Monday, Hillsborough became the first town in North Carolina and the 43rd in the U.S. to commit to transition to 100% renewables. Specifically, the town’s board of commissioners voted to establish a 100% clean energy goal by 2050.” Originally published on September 14, 2017.

Electric vehicles gain favor, but remain scarce on Chattanooga roads

“The Tennessee Valley Authority built an electric vehicle test track in Chattanooga in the 1970s and a local company, Advanced Vehicle Systems, assembled some of the first all-electric shuttle buses in the country, some of which still operate on CARTA’s downtown shuttle routes in Chattanooga. CARTA continues to promote electric vehicles both with free solar-powered charging stations across the Chattanooga area and with support [ MORE » ]

Home Depot transforming store rooftops into ‘mini solar farms’

“The Atlanta-based retailer announced Thursday that it will transform 50 of its store rooftops into ‘mini solar farms.'” Originally published on August 17, 2017.

Mississippi Power to Buy $100M Solar Facility’s Electricity

“The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Thursday voted for the $100 million solar farm to be built in Lauderdale County by Silicon Ranch of Nashville, Tennessee. A unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., Mississippi Power will buy all the power from the facility for 25 years. The 570,000 solar panels will be able to supply 53 megawatts of electricity at peak, enough to power about [ MORE » ]

Orlando becomes largest Florida city to commit to 100% renewable energy

“The Orlando City Commission unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal to move Orlando to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050.” Originally published August 8, 2017.

South Carolina’s construction shutdown should signal Florida’s nuclear demise, critics say

“Florida Power & Light Co. proposed building two new nuclear units at its Turkey Point power plant south of Miami, but the utility told the Public Service Commission in May that it plans to continue a planning “pause” while it seeks to learn from nuclear plants that were being built in South Carolina and Georgia.” Originally published on August 2, 2017.