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SACE staff talks about offshore wind in NC!

The first offshore wind development off the coast of North and South Carolina took one more step toward reality late last week. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will lease 122,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina. Comments from Chris Carnevale, Coastal, Climate and Energy Manager, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Listen to the interview here.


Coastal voices have spoken louder than Big Oil’s influence Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, 865-235-1448,   Charleston, S.C. – Today the Obama administration released details of the proposed federal offshore drilling program covering the years 2017 to 2022. An earlier draft of this program initially included leases for offshore oil and gas development off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, [ MORE » ]

Congress Votes to Extend Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Critical extensions will bolster solar and wind development in the region and create thousands of local jobs Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE, 865.235.1448   Washington D.C. (December 18, 2015) In an historic vote, Congress has officially extended renewable energy tax credits essential for wind energy and solar power development. Included in the lengthy omnibus spending package, the tax credits for both wind and solar were [ MORE » ]

Conservation Groups Challenge NC Environmental Agency’s Sweetheart Settlement with Duke Energy over Widespread Coal Ash Contamination

Contact: D.J. Gerken, SELC, 828-258-2023 or or Frank Holleman, SELC, 864-979-9431 or   CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—In a legal challenge filed today, conservation groups across North Carolina asked the state Superior Court to overturn approval of a settlement between Duke Energy and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality over the utility’s coal ash pollution throughout the state. Duke had appealed a monetary penalty [ MORE » ]

SACE responds to EPA’s Effluent Limitation Guidelines

EPA’s new guidelines will require dry handling for fly and bottom coal ash Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE, 865.235.1448,   Knoxville, Tenn. – Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the long-awaited Steam Electric Power Generating Effluent Guidelines designed to limit toxic, liquid discharges from power plants into rivers and waterways across the U.S. Coal-burning power plants are the largest source of toxic water [ MORE » ]

Southern Wind: The Next Frontier for the Wind Industry

SimonMahanAWEAposter The South has historically been a marginal market for the wind industry; however, with newer turbine technology, wind farm proposals have developed in every state within the region. Taller towers with longer blades are now capable of harnessing the region’s wind energy resources. New research from the National Renewable Energy Lab shows the South now contains over 1,500 Gigawatts of onshore, inregion wind [ MORE » ]

SACE Statement on EPA Release of Final Clean Power Plan

Plan Establishes First-Ever Carbon Emission Limits for Existing Coal Plants Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE, 865.235.1448, Knoxville, Tenn. – Today, President Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) landmark public health regulation. The Clean Power Plan establishes individual, tailored carbon emission reduction limits for each state and allows states maximum flexibility and a generous timeline [ MORE » ]

Public Health Experts Discuss Health Impacts of Air Pollution

On May 18-19, 2015 Vanderbilt University Law School and Vanderbilt University Medical center co-hosted a two-day event that focused on the health, energy demand, and economic effects of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and the potential impacts on Tennessee and the Southeast. SACE was an event sponsor.

Join Hands Across the Sand to Protect Our Treasured Places from Fossil Fuels

Every year since 2010, Hands Across the Sand gatherings have brought thousands of people together worldwide, to gather on our beaches, rivers, parks and capitol steps. To draw our line in the sand—to stand up for the kind of planet we want to live in and leave to our children. Thank you to our sponsors and organizing partners Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Southern [ MORE » ]

Duke Will Recommend Coal Ash Cleanup at Three More N.C. Facilities

Contact: Adam Reaves SACE; 828.254.6776 ex 35; Charlotte, North Carolina—Today, Duke Energy, the nation’s largest energy utility, announced it will recommend excavation of coal ash impoundments at its Cape Fear (Moncure, N.C.), H.F. Lee (Goldsboro, N.C.), and W. H. Weatherspoon (Lumberton, N.C.) facilities. With the addition of these three facilities, Duke now plans to fully excavate 39 tons of coal ash at nine [ MORE » ]