Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Vol. 2 Issue 2 Summer 2009 Investmen energy su t in alternative revitalize ch as wind can the U.S. ec onomy. ExEcutivE DirEctor’s NotE Thank you SACE sup- porters and clean energy advocates across the Southeast for sticking with us during these tough economic times. We successfully worked together to push the Renewable Powered Economy American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 through the House of Representatives during some of the most challenging finanical conditions we’ve experienced in half a century. The bill isn’t perfect, but it’s an important step forward in solving global Southeastern support for wind energy warming. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is exploring wind energy. Celebrating accomplishments in the face of hardship working on a range of initiatives that will transi- SACE is working with the U.S. Department of is a testament to the strength of the clean energy tion the way we produce and consume energy to Energy (DOE) to improve wind technology and movement. The passage of new climate legislation include sources that stimulate our economy, come increase its use in the Southeast to meet DOE’s goal in the House has the potential to greatly improve our from renewable resources such as wind, solar, and of “20% Wind Energy by 2030.” The partnershipis nation’s economy by creating green jobs and spur- bioenergy, and reduce global warming emissions. based on two new projects that will encourage wind ring investment in the clean energy industry. Wind is one of the clean energy power sources energy development in Tennessee and Kentucky and We have the opportunity to demonstrate the economic that will directly impact the U.S. economy by address the wind industry and market for wind in power of the clean energy sector: an energy efficient supplying affordable, abundant energy, while South Carolina and Georgia. industry, fueled by renewable resources such as wind supporting the creation of new green jobs. More SACE is also assisting southeastern landowners, and solar, and supported by strong national leadership. importantly, wind powers the economy with- businesses, and local governments through our ad- Please join us by making a donation to SACE as we out contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, ministration of the Tennessee Wind Working Group advocate for the strengthening of the climate bill as it depleting the environment’s natural resources, or and one of its programs: the Anemometer Loan moves to the Senate. generating dangerous waste by-products. Program. An anemometer, also known as a meteo- It’s time to elevate voices from the Southeast calling SACE shares its expertise with a diverse group of rological tower, is equipped with sensors at different for clean energy solutions so that we too can join the stakeholders by working together on several wind heights that measure wind speed and wind direction. ranks of forward-looking regions across the nation. projects across the Southeast. From residential to The program allow us to collect and monitor wind commercial scale, SACE is providing technical For the earth, capacity at various sites and to demonstrate the assistance to local and state governments, busi- potential for wind installation. SACE helped install nesses, environmental groups, and individuals monitoring equipment this year at an elementary Did You Know... school, a rural sawmill business, and on a municipal owned cell tower atop a ridge in the state. We also offer opportunities for SACE supporters to learn more about wind energy. Visit our website, The wind industry employs more workers than the coal industry. www.cleanenergy.org, to find free information, By the end of 2008, the wind industry employed approximately events, workshops and webinars that cover wind 85,000 employees and the coal industry approximately 81,000. energy topics. (Sources: Energy Information Administration and American Wind Energy Association.) The Southeast has excellent wind energy resources. Some of the strongest, most consistent wind regimes reside in the 1.866.522.SACE Appalachian Mountains, along the Southeast coasts, and off the www.cleanenergy.org shallow coasts of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. P.O. Box 1842 Knoxville, TN 37901 (Source: SACE report, Yes We Can) 865.637.6055 34 Wall Street, Suite 607 Wind is one of the fastest growing power sources in the U.S. Asheville, NC 28801 Making up 42% of the new power-producing capacity added 828.254.6776 nationally in 2008 with over 8,500 MW of wind capacity installed. 250 Arizona Avenue, NE That’s equivalent to taking nearly 7 million cars off the road! Atlanta, GA 30307 (Source: AWEA Annual Report, 2009) 404.373.5832 P.O Box 8282 The U.S. has more wind than anywhere in the world. Savannah, GA 31412 In 2008, the U.S. finished the year withmore than 25,300 MW of 912.201.0354 wind capacity installed, pushing the U.S. to lead the entire world in P.O. Box 1833 total wind energy capacity installations. Pittsboro, NC 27312 919.360.2492 (Source: AWEA Annual Report, 2009) Printed on recycled paper.