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Stan Cross Joins SACE to Expand Electric Transportation Team

September 29, 2019

At the beginning of September, I joined SACE as our Electric Transportation Policy Director. Today, I’d like to share a bit of my personal journey to this position and why I’m excited to work with utilities, cities, states and other SACE allies across the Southeast to further electrify transportation.

Driving on Sunshine Across the Sunshine State for National Drive Electric Week

September 26, 2019

SACE staff attended four different National Drive Electric Week events around Florida to encourage interested people to take a spin in an electric car!

Greening Fleets with the Florida Sustainability Directors’ Network

September 24, 2019

The city of Coral Gables Sustainability Director Matt Anderson coordinated a webinar to discuss and share best practices and resources on “Green Fleets” through the Florida Sustainability Directors' Network. Presenting on the webinar were Dory Larsen, EV Program Coordinator with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE); Jared Walker, the Technical Lead of Fleet Electrification at the Electrification Coalition; Chris Castro, Director, Office of Sustainability & Resilience with the City of Orlando; and Matt Anderson, Senior Sustainability Analyst and Steve Riley, Fleet Director with the City of Coral Gables.

All Aboard: Broward County Sets Goal to Transition to All Electric Buses

September 18, 2019

When it comes to a clean energy future, you can talk about it, or you can take action. Broward County, Florida is taking action - it recently set an ambitious goal to electrify its fleet by 2030.

O, Watt A Wonderful Start to National Drive Electric Week!

September 16, 2019

SACE staff attended four National Drive Electric Week events this past Saturday. Catch up on some highlights from the events below and stay tuned to see how events panned out in the Sunshine State!

Join us as we #ElectrifyTheSouth during National Drive Electric Week!

August 29, 2019

National Drive Electric Week is coming up. Join us across the Southeast from September 14-22 as we travel around offering test drives and rides in a variety of electric vehicles!

Congressman Crist and local elected officials take a spin in an EV at Driving on Sunshine electric vehicle roadshow event

August 02, 2019

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg, Florida, has a goal of having 500 St. Petersburg residents test drive an electric vehicle by the end of 2020, and earlier this week U.S. Congressman Charlie Crist was among the first St. Petersburg residents to take a test drive as part of this initiative. Congressman Crist was joined by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long, and Largo Mayor Woody Brown at a Driving on Sunshine ride and drive event, where they spoke about the important role electric vehicles are playing in the transition to clean transportation and what these leaders are doing in their communities to advance electric vehicle policies in Florida.

Florida must go all-in on electric buses! DEP releases fuzzy draft plan for Volkswagen Settlement

July 25, 2019

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) just released a Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for the Volkswagen Settlement funds that aims to reduce emissions of NOx, particulate matter, and hazardous air pollutants. But the draft plan lacks details and leaves room for the money to be spent on polluting fossil fuel-powered buses instead of cleaner, healthier electric transit and school buses. Comments must be submitted to Florida DEP at VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.gov by 5:00 PM EST, Friday, August 16, 2019.

It’s a launch! Driving on Sunshine electric vehicle roadshow zooms into Florida

July 23, 2019

Have you ever been behind the wheel of an electric vehicle? We talked to drivers across the Sunshine State and were surprised to discover that many Floridians never have — despite the many benefits electric cars offer for drivers, the environment and public health. We also found that Floridians had a ton of questions and a variety of misconceptions about driving electric.

Driving on Sunshine in the Sunshine State

July 03, 2019

Last week we hit the road in sunny South Florida and hosted our first series of ride and drive events! Floridians were able to take a spin in an electric vehicle (EV) at three Whole Foods Market stores in West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, and North Miami. Attendees had a great time test driving two Tesla Model 3 sedans, a Tesla Model X crossover, and a Chevrolet Bolt hatchback. For these events, SACE partnered with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) — the Sunshine State’s largest utility company — with EV experts on hand to answer questions and demonstrate all of the vehicles’ features.

How Local Governments Can Protect Our Coast: Driving Electric

May 30, 2019

Local governments can help protect our coast from the threats of offshore drilling and climate change, increase public health, and save money all by accelerating the transition to clean electric vehicles. 

Electric Vehicles Are Driving Rates Down

May 28, 2019

This guest blog post from NRDC analyzes a recent study that demonstrated that electric vehicle customers are not being subsidized by other customers and, in fact, are putting downward pressure on rates. Because the transportation sector is the nation’s largest source of climate-warming pollution, it’s a sector we must transform to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Put simply, this requires widespread adoption of electric cars, trucks, buses, etc. powered by electricity increasingly generated from emissions-free resources like wind and solar.

49 Southeast Communities Join Hands Against Offshore Drilling

May 21, 2019

Last Saturday, 49 communities along the Southeast coast hosted Hands Across the Sand events to advocate for clean energy instead of offshore drilling. Hands Across the Sand events bring community members together at their local beaches to join hands in a line representing their drawing a line in the sand against offshore drilling. The Southeast events comprised about half of the 100 total events that happened worldwide.

Join Hands to Protect our Coast from Offshore Drilling on May 18

May 18, 2019

Calling all coast lovers… you are invited to stand with your community to protect our coast from the impacts of offshore drilling on Saturday, May 18 at locations all around the country.

Our 1,350-Mile Tesla Road Trip from Tampa Bay to Knoxville (and back again!)

May 08, 2019

Last week we took a 1,350-mile fully electric road trip in a Tesla Model 3 from the Tampa Bay area in Florida to Knoxville, Tennessee, and back, and we documented the experience to give you a glimpse into what a road trip with an EV can be like. Here’s a recap of our electric road trip adventure.

Making the Case for EVs

April 26, 2019

This is the first in a series of blogs that will explore the various aspects of the quickly growing Electric Vehicle market and its implications on the transportation sector, energy sector, and carbon emissions as a whole.

Trump Offshore Drilling Plan On Indefinite Hold

April 25, 2019

The Trump Administration’s offshore drilling expansion plan is reportedly on indefinite hold, according to U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s comments to the Wall Street Journal earlier today. The hold is due to ongoing legal action around the Administration’s decision to offer permanently-protected offshore areas for drilling, and last month a federal judge ruled that was illegal.

Electric Vehicles Drive Down Offshore Oil: 2019 Edition

April 19, 2019

Our oceans are at risk from oil companies and politicians trying to expand offshore drilling to treasured places where drilling doesn’t belong. Currently, the Trump Administration is proposing  to expand offshore drilling to about 90% of the country’s ocean areas, a move that is severely misguided and unnecessarily compromises the environment and economy of much of our coast.

Recap from Capitol Electric Vehicle (EV Day in Georgia)

April 11, 2019

Capitol EV Day has been established as an opportunity for EV owners and supporters to urge legislators to support expanded electric transportation throughout Georgia.

Duke Energy Proposes $76 Million for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in North Carolina

April 09, 2019

Duke Energy has asked the North Carolina Utility Commission to approve a $76 million electric vehicle pilot program, which would dramatically increase the number of charging stations in North Carolina.

Drive Electric Earth Day Events

April 05, 2019

Drive Electric Earth Day is a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles. Join us at an event to learn how electric vehicles (EVs) are less expensive to drive, more convenient and cheaper to maintain, fun to drive and a far better environmental choice over gas-powered cars.

Local Leaders Accelerate Electric Transportation

February 25, 2019

Electrifying a city’s transportation system is a key solution that provides significant climate change and health benefits. The positive economics of transitioning to electric fleets and adopting EV-friendly policy is a business reality that many municipal leaders are getting ahead of. In the age of climate denial at the Federal level, local leaders have the opportunity to play a key role in reducing carbon emissions by adopting EV policies that provide their communities with healthier outcomes for their citizens and the environment while offering economic benefits.

Rescheduled – Capitol Electric Vehicle Day – Atlanta, GA

February 18, 2019

EV Day on the Capitol is an opportunity for owners and supporters of electric transportation to urge legislators to support expanded electric transportation throughout Georgia. Join electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts to share information about electric vehicles with legislators on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 from 9 am to 2 pm.

EVs Make the Link between Clean Power and Reduced CO2

February 06, 2019

As coal plant retirements continue and the energy sector slowly but surely cleans up its act, the transportation sector has moved into position as the country's primary producer of carbon dioxide, which has some serious implications on our ongoing work to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Miami-Dade Ordinance Seeks to Increase EV Charging Stations

January 24, 2019

The ordinance will require certain new construction projects to equip 10% of their parking spaces with necessary electrical components to install an EV charging station. Since a high percentage of the costs of installing charging infrastructure stems from retrofitting (excavating, trenching, resurfacing), this will make the installation of charging stations in the future much cheaper. It also directs the creation of a study to further examine the future charging infrastructure needed to support projected electric vehicle growth.

Plugging into Electric Vehicles in the Tar Heel State

January 22, 2019

The network of electric vehicle advocates to support electric vehicles in North Carolina is growing and becoming more interconnected! The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy recently became a member of Plug-in NC and advocates are working to get a specialty license plate that would support electric vehicles.

California Paves the Road for Federal Adoption of Zero-Emission Vehicle Standards

December 26, 2018

U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) proposed legislation that would put the whole county on a coordinated path toward 100% zero emission vehicles. On November 28, 2018, the pair introduced a bill to the 115th Congress to amend the Clean Air Act to create a nation zero-emission vehicle standard. The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEVA) would set a comprehensive federal ZEV standard and require at least 50% of all new car sales in America be zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

September 18, 2018

In July 2016, Volkswagen (VW) agreed to a multiple-part settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency as a result of the illegal installation of ‘defeat devices’ on their diesel engines in violation of the Clean Air Act. This piece gives an update on what has happened in the southern states regarding the settlement. 

September 04, 2018

Are you curious about electric vehicles? Then mark your calendars because the annual National Drive Electric Week is right around the corner! This year, it kicks off on September 8 and runs through September 16. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see a wide range of models that are available, learn more from electric vehicle (EV) owners who will share their experiences, and at some events you can test drive an electric car!

August 14, 2018

This is a guest post written by Rudy Beharrysingh, the president of the Blue Ridge EV Club. To read the original post, click here.

 

I always wondered why Telsa owners never seemed too worried about range.  Previously, I had an intellectual appreciation for Tesla cars but never owned one myself.   That changed after driving a P85 Model S through the Rockies! I now truly understand the superior performance of the Tesla automobile and the genius of Musk et al.

August 10, 2018

If the U.S. is in a drag race toward the future, our competition is flooring it while we’re pumping the brakes. Which to anyone watching is obviously not a winning strategy. Most of the world is moving at warp speed towards a cleaner transportation system while the U.S. currently seems to be stuck in a losing addiction to fossil fuels. Here’s what the Trump Administration’s rollback of federal emissions standards will mean to all of us.

June 19, 2018

This blog highlights the new Transportation Electrification Accord (Accord) that was launched at the Forth Roadmap 11 conference in Portland, OR on June 19, 2018.  The Accord, supported by a broad coalition, is a set of guiding principles for promoting transportation electrification.

June 13, 2018

In this blog, we interview Melissa, a proud new owner of a Honda Clarity. Read on to hear her testimony of the benefits of this plug-in hybrid vehicle which has a 48-mile all-electric range.

May 25, 2018

As a part of a growing global movement to protest offshore drilling, deepwater drilling, and offshore seismic testing, SACE participated in Hands Across the Sand events across the Southeast last Saturday, May 19.

In Florida, thousands joined hands to say no to offshore drilling and yes to clean energy, including several elected officials who participated at Clearwater Beach: U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, County Commissioners Pat Gerard and Janet Long, and U.S. Representative Charlie Crist.

May 11, 2018

This guest blog written by New Port Richey Mayor, Rob Marlowe, highlights how forward-looking leadership can propel emerging technologies like electric vehicle charging in communities. Public EV charging distinguishes communities as a thriving destination-giving an economic advantage to neighboring areas who lack public charing.  Adopting this clean technology also demonstrates a commitment to their citizens’ and community’s health with reductions in toxic emissions.  Read on to learn Mayor Marlowe’s vision.

May 07, 2018

SACE Board President, John Noel, recently bought the new Tesla Model 3. I had a chance to chat with him recently about his new purchase and discuss his thoughts on the vehicle. In case you’ve missed the headlines, the Model 3 is Tesla’s latest vehicle release and has been touted as the Tesla for everyone, and it’s the most “affordable” Tesla currently available (it starts at a base price of $35,000 before incentives, has 60-kWh and 75-kWh battery options, with an EPA-rated 215-mile range and 330 miles respectively).

April 18, 2018

This is Part 3 of the blog series, “Electric Vehicles: Driving Reduced Demand for Offshore Oil,” which shows that given the advancements in vehicle electrification, expanding offshore drilling for oil and natural gas into protected areas, is intrinsically risky and unnecessary. This section of the series explains analysis demonstrating that much, if not all, of the oil that could be produced by opening all of our nation’s protected offshore areas as proposed by the Trump Administration, may be offset by the rise of electric vehicles. Additionally, a set of policy recommendations is provided as means to expedite this transition to an electrified fleet and protect our coastal communities and oceans.

April 17, 2018

This is Part 2 of the blog series, Electric Vehicles: Driving Reduced Demand for Offshore Oil, which shows that given the advancements in vehicle electrification, expanding offshore drilling for oil and natural gas into protected areas (covered in Part 1) is intrinsically risky and unnecessary.