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					 Southern Alliance for Clean Energy                                                                                          Vol. 2 Issue 3 Fall/Winter 2009

                                                                   At a crossro
                                                                   clean energ ads: embrace our
                                                                  polluting p y future, or cling to
                                                                  today and ast. Donate to SAC a
                                                                  and planet protect our childreE
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 DirEctor’s NotE
                           American citizens have
                           witnessed remarkable
                           achievements toward
                           climate action this year.
                           We witnessed the elec-
                           tion of a new president
                           citing climate change in
                           his inaugural address.
In February, we saw the passage of an economic

                                                             Our planet at a crossroads
recovery package that included billions in incentives
for clean energy and energy efficiency.
Those back-to-back achievements carried us into the
spring when the U.S. House of Representatives -- for       Where clean technology and climate policy intersect
the first time in history -- passed a climate bill that   While our political leaders debate energy policy      creation of green collar jobs that are rooted in a clean
would curb greenhouse gas emissions. In Septem-           solutions to reduce global warming pollution,         energy economy.
ber, Senators Kerry and Boxer introduced the Clean        researchers, engineers, and businesses are
                                                                                                             Several southeastern states are pushing to the forefront
Energy Jobs & American Power Act as the next step         harnessing our nation’s innovation to develop clean
                                                                                                             in support of this growing industry. For example, the
in passing comprehensive clean energy and climate         energy technology. Research and development of
                                                                                                             largest solar panel plant in the country is now producing
legislation in this Congress.                             clean renewable fuels and electricity are important
                                                                                                             power for 3,000 homes in Florida. Demand for solar
                                                          avenues to advance national energy goals and change
These steps forward have brought us where we                                                                 energy in North Carolina is growing in response to
                                                          the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars.
are today: poised for hearings, debate, and a vote                                                           leadership from the state’s government, which is the
in the U.S. Senate on climate legislation and for     At the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), only one in the Southeast to require utilities to provide
major international climate talks by world leaders in we believe our planet is at a historic crossroads;     renewable energy to its customers.
Copenhagen.                                           either we embrace a new clean energy future or we
                                                                                                             In addition, recent investments in Tennessee’s renewable
                                                      cling to a dirty polluting past that will leave us and
We have reached a historic crossroads and SACE                                                               energy manufacturing industry show it could quickly
                                                      our children an unsafe, diminished world.
needs your support now more than ever before. Help                                                           become the solar manufacturing capital of North
SACE show the world that citizens from the South- Clean energy technologies -- energy efficiency, solar America. Unfortunately, we still do not have the
east want a clean energy future and bold climate ac- energy, wind power, geothermal heat, electric cars,     policies in place to allow clean technologies to become
tion. Please make your contribution to a brighter, bioenergy, smart grid technologies -- are offering new the norm and not the exception.
cleaner tomorrow by donating to SACE today.           ways to produce and use energy that are renewable,
                                                                                                             As citizens and consumers become aware and concerned
                                                      environmentally friendly, reliable, and safe. The best
For the earth,                                                                                               about the human impacts to our world’s climate, many
                                                      of these technologies are affordable and therefore
                                                                                                             of us are willing to make dramatic changes in our
                                                      poised to become huge economic drivers in the
                                                                                                             lifestyles. We want to understand and take advantage

                     Did You Know...
                                                                                                             of the existing and next generation clean energy
                                                                                                             technologies that reduce impacts on the environment,
                                                                                                             use less petroleum, save energy, and reduce cost.
                                                                                                                SACE’s work focuses on the intersection where clean
                          SACE is developing a model in Knoxville, Tenn. for southeastern cities                energy innovators and smart policymakers meet and
                          to embrace the potential of solar energy for both job creation and as a               together work to guide our regional and national
                          solution to climate change. SACE is the Project Coordinator for the                   transition to a clean energy future.
                          Department of Energy’s partnership with the City of Knoxville in its Solar
                          America Cities program.

                          SACE facilitates Wind Powering America’s Mid-Atlantic/Southeast
                          Regional Wind Energy Institute (RWEI). RWEI helps equip
                          important stakeholders with the knowledge and skills necessary
                          to promote wind in their states.                                                                          P.O. Box 1842
                                                                                                                                  Knoxville, TN 37901
                                                                                                                               34 Wall Street, Suite 607
                           SACE finalized an agreement with Duke Energy in North Carolina                                        Asheville, NC 28801
                           on their proposed energy efficiency program called Save-a-Watt.                                          828.254.6776
                           This was a very positive development for the Southeast and offers
                           energy efficiency gain that will be equivalent to avoiding a coal-                                  250 Arizona Avenue, NE
                           fired power plant over the next 8 – 10 years.                                                         Atlanta, GA 30307
                                                                                                                                    P.O Box 8282
                           SACE collects waste cooking oil from local restaurants in Atlanta and                                 Savannah, GA 31412
                           Knoxville markets and converts it into clean-burning biodiesel. We                                       912.201.0354
                           are currently producing high quality, ASTM specification biodiesel in                                      P.O. Box 1833
                           Tennessee. Visit our website -- -- to                                      Pittsboro, NC 27312
                           learn more.                                                                                                919.360.2492

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                                                                                                                                                                                 Asheville, NC 28801
                                                                                                                                                                                 34 Wall Street, Suite 607
 Vol. 2 Issue 3 Fall/Winter 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                 about SACE and the clean energy movement.
                                                                                                                                                 Now is a critical time to do whatever you can

                                                                                                                                                 planet’s future to renew your commitment to

                                                                                                                                                                                                   -- -- to learn more
                                                                                                                                                 to support the clean energy movement. We
                                                                                                                                                 need every individual who cares about our
                                                                          Stephen A. Smith
                                                                  Executive Director, SACE

                                                                                                               Make a Year-End Donation Today!

                                                                                                                                                 bring clean energy to the Southeast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please visit our website
                                      “It’s our turn to build a

                                         for our children.”
                                          bright tomorrow
 Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

THANK YOU for your continued support!

To show our appreciation for our members’ support andever before. SACE is
 offering more benefits for our members to enjoy than

                         • Receive SACE’s monthly e-newsletter, Wired In.
                         • Receive our Action Alerts and be notified when an important clean
                           energy issue arises with opportunities to take action immediately.
                         • Participate in exclusive webinars and other educational opportunities.
                         • Receive SACE’s quarterly newsletter for a regular, region-wide update
                           on activities and accomplishments.

                                                                                             These resources offer accurate information
“SACE is offering                                                                            on climate-related policy developments,
more benefits for our                                                                        opportunities to take action and learn more,
                                                                                             and updates on SACE’s accomplishments
members to enjoy than                                                                        so your know your donation is making a
ever before.”                                                                                difference. THANK YOU!