Jan
04
2017

Nuclear Power At Risk?

There is widespread agreement across the political spectrum that increasing the amount of low-carbon energy on the grid is an important priority for the future of the U.S. and the rest of the world. PACE has argued that nuclear power is an indispensable part of the solution for meeting future power demand. Many climate activists agree. That is why it is concerning to hear that nuclear capacity in the U.S. could actually be decreasing rather than growing.

Environmental Progress, a green advocacy group, announced just last week that at least a quarter and as many as two-thirds of all

Dec
19
2016

States Urge Trump to Scrap Carbon Regulation

It is no secret that many states have grave concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate the emission of carbon dioxide, known as the Clean Power Plan. PACE, too, has been critical of the plan’s likely effect on U.S. power generation and electricity prices, testifying to EPA leaders in November of 2015 that the plan is a poor bargain for American consumers. Official remarks from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed that the sweeping and costly regulation would not cause any change to the agency’s 26 indicators of climate change.

Now, state leaders are sending a clear message

Dec
16
2016

New Year To Bring Big Decisions About Oklahoma Wind

As 2016 draw to a close, decision makers in Oklahoma continue to grapple with state budget issues. Those discussions include looking closely at all areas of state government, including Oklahoma’s tax credits that help boost wind projects across the state. During these discussions, it is important that Oklahomans and their leaders keep in mind just how beneficial wind projects have become to the state.

In late November, PACE released a new report that outlines the various benefits of the wind industry to Oklahoma. The report, titled Oklahoma Depends on Wind, explains that wind power in Oklahoma is set to

Dec
12
2016

EIA: Winter is Coming… And So Is Coal

Last year, PACE wrote that natural gas had surpassed coal for U.S. electricity generation for the first time. A combination of inexpensive natural gas and restrictive federal regulations governing the use of coal caused a tectonic shift in how American utilities produce power. While that trend largely continued through most of 2016, new reports find that coal will again take over the top spot as a source of electricity, at least for a while, as temperatures drop this winter. The U.S. still needs coal.

“While more U.S. electricity is expected to be generated from coal than natural gas this

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