Sixty-year-old Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami and a full-time biology professor at Florida International University, spoke with Southeast Energy News about how and why he became a mayor, how he marshals science to pass successful legislation supporting renewable and green energy, and what he sees for the future of climate-vulnerable cities like South Miami.
Florida law requires utilities to keep electric bills low and to expand clean energy use. Yet Florida’s heavy reliance on natural gas has exposed ratepayers to economic risk and market volatility, according to advocates.
If you’re in the mood for a fiery conversation about the drawbacks of biomass energy, just sit down with ecologist Mary Booth.
A new biomass plant under construction in Georgia highlights the challenging economics of the technology, even in a state so rich in forestry waste it exports it to other countries.
After setting temporary moratoriums on new oil pipelines in 2016, both Georgia and South Carolina are moving forward with hearings and bills to tighten regulations.
When the EPA strengthened regulations on coal ash disposal in 2015, few legislators foresaw that power companies might choose to send their wet ash across state lines into communities that don’t want the hazardous waste.
Tonya Bonitatibus, Executive Director of the Savannah Riverkeeper in Augusta, Georgia, explains how her coalition succeeded in stopping a major pipeline while the Dakota Access protests did not.
While the shale boom has seen a proliferation of new natural gas pipelines throughout the Southeast, critics say many of the projects are not needed and are simply a way for developers and utilities to reap profits on the backs of ratepayers.
While the Tennessee Valley Authority has claimed that the Environmental Protection Agency has “concurred in writing” with its plans to cap some coal ash impoundments, a recent letter from the agency says otherwise.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is compacting coal ash in place using new technology, but critics say there are still risks.