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Oppose High Risk Energy

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What’s the first step to getting out of a hole? Stop digging. Right now our nation is in a big hole, with an economy based on fossil fuels like coal and other high-risk energy sources like nuclear power. For decades, utilities and leaders in the Southeast have devoted their attention to high-risk energy sources, while keeping energy efficiency and renewables on the back burner.

High risk energy choices are energy options that contribute to global warming pollution, such as coal-fired power plants, or those that pose threats to public health and safety, such as nuclear power plants. These risky energy choices endanger our economy, health, security, water resources, and the environment.

We can overcome our energy challenges by investing in our clean energy opportunities. Increasing energy efficiency and expanding renewable energy throughout the Southeast are the safest, cleanest and most fiscally responsible options we have. But we won’t get there by continuing to rely on high-risk energy choices. With limited resources to invest in new energy infrastructure, the Southeast, should maximize potential from energy efficiency and renewable energy first. The stakes are too high to squander limited resources and valuable time.

Current Initiatives

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No more coal ash spills! Demand protections for NC’s communities and waters

On February 2, 2014 a stormwater pipe burst beneath a coal ash impoundment at Duke Energy’s retired Dan River power station near Eden, NC. 140,000 tons of toxic coal ash and contaminated waste water dumped into the Dan River, which supplies drinking water to communities downstream and habitat to several threatened and endangered species. Federal officials report that coal ash has coated the river…

Tell EPA: Protect Our Waters and Communities with a Strong Coal Ash Rule!

December 2013 marked the 5th anniversary of the massive Kingston coal ash disaster, which let loose over a billion gallons of toxic sludge from an overloaded and poorly maintained coal ash impoundment flooding 300 acres and destroying dozens of homes. While Kingston was our nation's largest coal ash disaster and put a spotlight on the need for comprehensive federal regulations for coal ash, nothing…

Five years since Kingston: Its time for coal ash safeguards

Throughout the Southeast, at least 450 coal ash impoundments threaten our communities and precious water resources with toxic pollution. December 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the Kingston coal ash disaster, and 5 years of waiting for federal regulations for this toxic waste. EPA proposed rules in 2010 to provide sensible safeguards that communities across the Southeast desperately need. While EPA has failed to…

Show Your Support for Limits on Carbon Pollution!

In September 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced updated carbon pollution standards to set the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) from new fossil-fueled power plants. On January 8, the rule was officially published in the federal register opening the 60 day comment period. Tell EPA you support the proposed rule to limit harmful carbon pollution from new power plants before May 9,…

Stop New Coal in Georgia

While new coal plants around the nation are going bankrupt, raising power costs for small towns and getting canceled before the first shovel of dirt is turned over (and utilities around the Southeast are planning to retire old plants), Georgia still has one in the works: Plant Washington, proposed by Power4Georgians (P4G) in 2008. Power4Georgians was originally a consortium of utility co-ops (Electric Membership…

Ask the PSC to Hold Alabama Power Accountable

Like many states, Alabama has an elected Public Service Commission (PSC) that oversees investor-owned utilities (that means Alabama Power). The Alabama PSC, however, lacks critical transparency and accountability measures that are present in other states. We believe the inability of third parties to participate formally in PSC proceedings is part of the reason Alabama continues to be so heavily reliant on outdated fossil technology.…

Prevent New Nuclear Reactors in Florida

Groups Petition NRC to Suspend Reactor Licensing Decisions Due to Spent Fuel Pool Safety Concerns Press Release: NRC can no longer ignore important radioactive waste issues Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has been fighting against costly Florida utility plans to build up to four risky new nuclear reactors estimated at over $40 billion, while advocating for safe, clean and affordable energy choices that can…

Prevent New Nuclear Reactors in the Southeast

Press Release: NRC can no longer ignore important radioactive waste issues Join Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s multiple efforts at local, state and federal levels to prevent risky new nuclear reactors from being built in the Southeast and advocate for safe, clean and affordable energy choices that can reduce global warming pollution now including energy efficiency and conservation, wind, solar and bioenergy. With an…

Prevent TVA’s Bellefonte Reactors

Groups Petition NRC to Suspend Reactor Licensing Decisions Due to Spent Fuel Pool Safety Concerns Access SACE Report on TVA's Bad Nuclear Bet NEW: SACE Release & Analysis: Privatizing the Bellefonte Nuclear Reactor Plant: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and our partners are working hard to prevent Tennessee Valley Authority's risky plan to finish its two aging…

Prevent New Vogtle Reactors in Georgia

Attend May 8, 2014 Public Hearing on Vogtle's Massive Surface Water Withdrawal Permit from the Savannah River MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: New Documents Confirm Southern Company Gets Sweetheart Deal from Energy Department for Multi-Billion Dollar Vogtle Loan Guarantees Press Release: NRC can no longer ignore important radioactive waste issues Over 22,500 petition signatures collected to urge President Obama and DOE Sec'y Moniz to stop the Vogtle…