From the Desk of the Utility CEO

The CEO in the corner office of any large organization has a lonely existence. CEOs of utilities may feel even more isolated – but it’s not mandatory. The energy industry is steadily evolving beyond fossil fuels and shifting to more renewable and sustainable sources. This is fantastic news for the planet, but before this transformation [...]

By |2020-03-31T10:30:37-04:00August 20th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Innovation Series: Part 3 of 3

It takes a village to solve the looming CCR storage issue. In all discussions of coal ash disposition — either through beneficial reuse or keeping it intact but contained — the overriding concern is safety. The cap-in-place solution has been solidly debunked from a safety standpoint. The market for beneficial use of coal ash [...]

By |2020-03-31T11:36:34-04:00June 5th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Innovation Series: Part 2 of 3

Maximize Innovation Before Resorting to Traditional Methods In 2008, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s dike containing its coal ash failed, allowing approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash to spread over 300 acres and into the Emory River. Since then, the problem that coal ash represents for the U.S. has only gotten worse. Constant battles [...]

By |2020-03-31T11:45:28-04:00May 15th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Innovation Series: Part 1 of 3

K.I.S.S. Applies to Coal Ash Solutions Imagine a community facing the dual crisis of severely dwindling solid waste disposal capacity at the same time its electric utility has been ordered by a federal judge to excavate and move a hazardous legacy coal ash pond to a lined landfill. Unfortunately, this isn’t fantasy. Nashville, Tennessee, [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:46:50-04:00April 27th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Environmental Stewardship Series: Part 3 of 3

Life Beyond: Old Dumping Grounds are Ripe for Adaptive Reuse Communities with areas in decline have embraced the concept of adaptive reuse to restore historic buildings and reclaim their decaying or abandoned urban landscape. Such projects involve salvaging as much of the existing building material as possible and repurposing it in new ways to make [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:47:28-04:00April 16th, 2019|safeREUSE|0 Comments

Environmental Stewardship Series: Part 2 of 3

Is a landfill an asset? The number of landfills in the U.S. is decreasing, resulting in dwindling airspace available to hold our waste. If you own a landfill, you must ask, “Is my landfill an asset or a liability?” Despite recycling and Zero Waste initiatives across the county, the volume of waste generated hasn’t [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:48:00-04:00April 4th, 2019|safeREUSE|0 Comments

Environmental Stewardship Series: Part 1 of 3

Change is Coming – Solutions Must be Ready Earthquakes Floods Hurricanes Our planet, especially here in the southeastern and eastern U.S., is being subjected to an onslaught of extreme weather events, such as freak earthquakes, massive floods and devastating hurricanes. These events generate a steady flow of new concerns about the environment. Protection against [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:48:54-04:00March 19th, 2019|safeBERM|0 Comments

Legacy CCR Series: Part 6 of 6

Hey, Power Industry, Welcome to the Waste Industry! The unbreakable thread running through all arguments about CCR over the years is this: CCR is waste. Like any waste, it should adhere to a certain methodology that has been developed by the waste industry. The U.S. waste industry has structured its business model around the EPA’s [...]

By |2020-03-31T12:52:06-04:00March 5th, 2019|safeSTORAGE|0 Comments