Move over, Michigan: Georgia now leads in building next-generation cars
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by Stan Cross
17h ago
This op-ed was written by SACE’s Electric Transportation Director, Stan Cross. It originally appeared in the Georgia Recorder on July 3, 2024. It is reprinted here with permission. Gov. Brian Kemp tours a Kia EV6 electric vehicle. Photo courtesy of Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder. Since the first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line in 1908, Detroit has been synonymous with the American automotive industry. But in the age of the electric vehicle, amid a renaissance in domestic manufacturing, Georgia is quietly but confidently emerging as the undisputed national leader in the electrifying ..read more
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A Positive “Perfect Storm”: Catawba College’s Commitment to Clean Energy Career-Building
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by Reed Winckler
4d ago
Across the Southeast, young people are coming together to learn how they can take part in lessening the harmful effects of the climate crisis on our communities – and many are finding their role in the movement thanks to clean energy education and workforce training becoming ever more present around the region.  From a new solar installation and workforce center in rural Georgia aiming to expand solar workforce options for the community’s next generation, to minority-serving universities in Tennessee and Texas utilizing $5 million from the US DOE to support clean energy education, it’s cl ..read more
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Solar in the Southeast: Seventh Edition Report
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by Heather Pohnan
1w ago
Now that it’s summer, it’s time to shine a light on solar progress in the Southeast. In SACE’s latest edition of our “Solar in the Southeast” report series, you can read up on which utilities and states can expect to see solar growth. Overall, the Southeast can now claim about 22 gigawatts (GW) of solar (22,183 megawatts, MW) on a full-year operational equivalent basis, or an average solar ratio of 665 watts per customer in 2023. The Southeast is projected to nearly double the amount of solar in the region to almost 44 GW for 2027. We also detail how key policy developments such as recent util ..read more
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Candidate Josh Stein on Climate & Energy
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by Chris Carnevale
1w ago
This post is part of a series examining where 2024 candidates running for public offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites, and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools. In this blog post, we examine the policies and positions of Josh Stein, Democratic Party candidate running for Governor of North Carolina. Also in this series, we profile Republican candidate Mark Robinson. Election Day is November 5, 2024. Josh Ste ..read more
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Talking EVs: 3 Hot Topics Right Now
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by Stan Cross
2w ago
As we roll into summer, climate change is at the top of our minds. The nation has just experienced another record heat wave, with temperatures soaring as high as 25 degrees above average, with approximately 270 million Americans sharing above-90-degree highs across the country. Summer heat waves have become so severe and persistent that the National Weather Service has created HeatRisk, a website to identify localities where people’s health could be at risk from expected heat in the seven-day forecast. Electric cars, trucks, and buses are cool – not just because of their innovative technology ..read more
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Duke’s Carbon Plan: Part 3: How Many Extra Power Plants Should We Pay For? The Southeast’s Hidden “Reliability Tax”
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by Eddy Moore
2w ago
In much of the rest of the country, regional markets help root out inefficiencies, identify reliability needs, and determine which transmission upgrades could increase reliability and lower consumer costs. But not in the Southeast. This article explores Duke Energy’s proposed long-term energy plan, and shows how the continuing resistance to market-based reforms in the Southeast imposes a multi-billion-dollar “reliability tax” on businesses and residential customers. Read the Blog Series on Duke’s 2024 CPIRP The Southeast Lacks a Regional Market Nearly 20 million people across the Southeast are ..read more
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Duke’s Carbon Plan: Part 2: Flawed Modeling Assumptions Produce Fossil Fuel Bias
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by Shelley Robbins
1M ago
Every two years, Duke Energy is required to file a plan with utility regulators that outlines different portfolios of new and existing resources that will be available to meet anticipated future energy demand while also attempting to meet carbon reduction targets. This Carbon Plan is developed with computer modeling software (called EnCompass) that is highly sensitive to input assumptions. After Duke’s proposed Carbon Plan is filed, advocates and interested parties can examine and challenge Duke’s modeling and assumptions. This post gives a detailed look at testimony that identifies points of ..read more
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Electric Black Futures Partners Celebrate Earth Day and the Rich Heritage – and Future – of Albany
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by Madelyn Collins
1M ago
On Earth Day last month, SACE and EVNoire, united in helping to craft a more just and dynamic electric e-mobility future, came out to support an event orchestrated by SOWEGA Rising in Albany, Georgia. “Tech Flex Innovation Earth Day” was a great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and the future of technology grounded in innovation, sustainability, and ingenuity. Left to Right: Chris Heron of EVNoire, Aunquarius Brown of SOWEGA Rising, Sherrell Byrd of SOWEGA Rising, and Madelyn Collins of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy SOWEGA Rising is the newest project partner to join Electric Black Fu ..read more
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High Electric Bills? It’s Not You, It’s Them!
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by Cary Ritzler
1M ago
Do you ever open your power bill and wonder what the heck happened? Did somebody leave the refrigerator open all day? Was there a cold snap or heat wave and you forgot about it? Is there a vampire load somewhere in your house?  Before you go blaming your housemates, googling recent freaky weather in your area, or crawling around your house unplugging appliances with digital clocks on them, you should know that it’s probably not you! Your electric bill is probably going up because someone (namely, your power company and its regulators) decided it should.  Understanding how investor-ow ..read more
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Former Commissioner: FERC’s Transmission Rule will Benefit the Southeast
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by Stephen Smith
1M ago
Ennis Leon Jacobs, Jr. is familiar with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). When Jacobs was Chair of the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) he served on the Board of Directors of NARUC, chaired NARUC’s Consumer Affairs Committee, and chaired NARUC’s Y2K Ad-Hoc Task Force. So when NARUC came out with a statement about FERC Order 1920 that did not paint a rosy picture, Jacobs, now president of SACE’s Board of Directors, decided to weigh in. He sent NARUC Chair Julie Fedorchak a letter to express support for Order 1920 “because of the positive impact it can ..read more
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