Dec
06
2016

PACE to Georgia PSC: Vogtle Nuclear Units Important to Customers

Later this morning, PACE will deliver the following message to the Georgia Public Service Commission about its support of nuclear power and the completion of two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle in east Georgia.

In October of this year, PACE wrote about the completion of TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 2 and about the progress of Plant Vogtle, two important nuclear energy projects in the Southeast.

We wrote specifically about an agreement between Georgia PSC staff and Georgia Power Company, telling our readers that the agreement is a positive development as Georgia Power completes two new nuclear units at

Nov
28
2016

Report: Oklahoma Depends on Wind

In April of this year, PACE became involved in discussions over Oklahoma’s support of the wind industry. Faced with a large budget deficit, lawmakers in that state were considering eliminating state support for the commercial wind industry, which ranks fourth nationally in terms of production. Oklahoma today gets about a sixth of its electricity generation from wind power.

While we don’t support the idea of energy subsidies in general, Oklahoma presents a special case. We wrote in April that the wind industry in Oklahoma reflects our philosophy of building energy resources where they work the best. In addition, the

Nov
03
2016

PACE Helps Urge Administration to Preserve Energy Leasing Programs

In a letter sent today to President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, more than a hundred organizations, including PACE, asked the administration to preserve its proposed 2017-2022 offshore oil and natural gas lease sales for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas and Cook Inlet without any additional removals. The letter also asked the president not to take any executive actions that would remove these or any other areas from consideration under future offshore leasing programs. The Consumer Energy Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce led the effort.

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Oct
31
2016

AMEA Solar Project Largest in Alabama Capital

This past week, officials at the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority unveiled a significant investment in the future of solar power in central Alabama. The project, which consists of 160 solar panels on the east side of Montgomery, Alabama, is a chance to better understand the future production capability and mechanics of solar power in the region. The development was covered in the October 27th edition of the Montgomery Advertiser.

At a cost of $150,000, the solar project becomes the largest solar array in Alabama’s capital city. For now, the solar energy harvested from the panels will help power AMEA

Oct
26
2016

A Step Forward for Nuclear, a Win for Customers

The growth of carbon-free nuclear energy is quickly becoming a reality in Tennessee and Georgia. Just last week month, a new nuclear unit came online on the TVA system, while Georgia Power announced an agreement on construction costs for new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle, an agreement that reduces customer rates during the next four years.

On October 19th, TVA announced that Unit 2 of its Watts Bar nuclear operating station had completed a series of extensive tests and had been reliably operating at full power for more than three weeks. This welcome news means that the first new

Oct
19
2016

PACE Connects Water and Energy at Conferences

When it comes to electricity generation, water use has taken on increasing importance in recent years. Policy makers are beginning to pay greater attention to the connection between water use and the power sector. PACE has followed this issue closely and has spoken regularly to stakeholders on the topic.

On Tuesday, PACE Executive Director Lance Brown presented to the 50th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee River Valley Association. Held in Nashville, the conference brings together stakeholders along the Tennessee River. The group’s executive director, Cline Jones, currently serves as the Chairman of the PACE Board of Directors, underscoring the

Oct
12
2016

CO2 from US Energy Hits 25-Year Low

According to new information released yesterday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy-related carbon dioxide emissions for the first six months of 2016 are the lowest in the United States since 1991.

In a special report, EIA explains that U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions from the start of the year through the end of June totaled 2,530 million metric tons. This marks the lowest level of CO2 emissions for the first six months of a year since 1991. For the remainder of the year, EIA predicts in its Short-Term Energy Outlook that energy-associated CO2 emissions will fall to 5,179 million metric

Oct
05
2016

PACE to Host Energy Tour

For policy makers, seeing infrastructure up close can be critical to a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the energy sector. That was the thinking that led PACE to create the Alabama Energy Tour back in 2012. And that is the reason the not-for-profit organization continues to host the event on a bi-annual basis.

Energy Tour Participants in 2014

On Friday, October 21st, PACE will host a group of twenty policy makers and thought leaders for a two-day tour of infrastructure related to energy production and consumption. PACE held similar events in November of 2012 and October

Sep
26
2016

Low Oil Prices to Continue Through 2016

Gas prices are pretty low these days. And according to a recent assessment by a professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, they are likely to stay that way.

A week ago, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.214, down from last year’s mark at that time of $2.365 and 2014’s mark of $3.406. The drop in gas prices has been steep over past years. In fact, compared to September 2008, a gallon of gas today is more than $1.50 cheaper. That means more disposable income in the hands of American consumers and

Sep
21
2016

UK Approves Hinkley Nuclear Plant

According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, the British government has approved the construction of a new nuclear power plant. The plant, located at Hinkley Point in southwest England, will be the first nuclear plant built in the nation since the 1990s. Similar to the U.S., nuclear construction in Britain has slowed significantly in recent decades.

The new plant at Hinkley Point will cost $23.8 billion and will be largely owned by Électricité de France SA, known commonly as EDF. The utility is partly owned by the French government. The Chinese are also playing a pivotal