Michael Cummings

Energy Benchmarking: Does Your Building Match Up?

Cross posted from NABPC.org The North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge is up and running, which means it’s time to start conserving energy. If you’ve signed up for the challenge, you’ve committed your company to attaining 20% energy savings in your building within 10 years. That’s fantastic. Hooray, you! But wait, now what? We’re glad you […]

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Energy Alabama Picks: 4 Great Energy Efficiency Products

Energy efficiency is something we think about a lot here at Energy Alabama. Accelerating the transition to sustainable energy is our ultimate goal, but there’s plenty of groundwork to do in the meantime. Part of that groundwork is helping people make their homes and businesses more efficient. There are plenty of ways to increase efficiency, and some of them are easier (and less

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Why You Should Participate in the North Alabama Building Performance Challenge

If you’ve been around this blog long enough, you’ve probably heard something about the North Alabama Building Performance Challenge (NABPC). But what you might not have thought about is why you should take the challenge yourself. It’s time for us to change that. 6 Reasons to Participate in the North Alabama Building Performance Challenge Simply stated, the goal of the HBBC

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Distributed Generation: What Are the Benefits?

Distributed Generation: What Are the Benefits? Increased efficiency. Reduced rates. Improved reliability. Diminished emissions. If all of that sounds good to you, then you ought to know about the benefits of distributed generation. A few weeks back, we covered microgrids and why they’re important in the context of the larger, main grid. As you might recall, microgrids are defined not by their size,

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Why the Renewable Energy Market Could Be Set to Explode

The market for small-scale renewable energy production might be set to take off, and that could be big news for local utility companies here in Alabama and all across America. And it all stems from a single federal ruling issued in June following a dispute between energy cooperatives in Colorado. To see the big picture here, we’ll need some background. To begin with,

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Going Solar in Huntsville vs. Birmingham

Thinking about going solar in Huntsville or Birmingham? One of the many factors in your decision probably has to do with how long it’ll take for your solar power system to pay for itself. Of course, since Huntsville and Birmingham are only about 100 miles apart, you might assume that the timelines are roughly the

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