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 . n ExEcutivE 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 1.866.522.SACE Regional Wind Energy Institute (RWEI). RWEI helps equip www.cleanenergy.org important stakeholders with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote wind in their states. P.O. Box 1842 Knoxville, TN 37901 865.637.6055 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 404.373.5832 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 -- www.cleanenergybiofuels.com -- to Pittsboro, NC 27312 learn more. 919.360.2492 Printed on recycled paper. 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 -- www.cleanenergy.org -- 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 involvement, • 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!