Policy and Advocacy

Alabama makes it harder than any other state for companies to use clean energy, report says

Alabama finished dead last in an index of all 50 states that examined how easily companies could use clean energy like solar and wind power to meet their electricity needs. The report, titled the Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index, was released in January by the Retail Industry Leaders Association, a trade group representing large-scale retailers like Target, Walmart, Best […]

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SELC, partners push for open dialogue around energy efficiency in Alabama

A rate increase proposed by Huntsville Utilities, a municipally-owned utility in northern Alabama, has spurred discussions around the importance of making energy efficiency programs more widely available in a state where efficiency policies have not been widespread. “A major first step in moving the needle and opening access to energy efficiency is to start an

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Huntsville Utilities Holds Public Meeting in Advance of Rate Hike Request

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Utilities presented an electric rate increase proposal to the Huntsville City Council during the month of January. Monday was one of four opportunities customers have to comment on the proposed 2.75% electric rate hike. The other three options are during scheduled Huntsville City Council meetings and work sessions. “We understand that rates need

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Energy Alabama Comments on Alabama Housing Finance Authority’s Design Quality Standards

Energy Alabama provided comments to the Alabama Housing Finance Authority’s update of their Design Quality Standards in order to encourage more energy efficiency in affordable housing. Much of the affordable housing built in Alabama is designed to meet these minimum standards. Our comments focused on raising the minimum standards in line with today’s market. This

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Don’t take power for granted, industry says

A group [Energy Institute of Alabama] made up of state power company officials has released a study showing how much money the energy industry generates for Alabama. It’s a lot — $13.22 billion overall, while supporting 124,000 jobs and paying $385 million in taxes. As gaudy as they are, those numbers may not shock people in

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Energy Alabama and GASP Weigh In on Clean Energy Incentive Program

Energy Alabama and GASP submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to encourage changes to the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), part of the Clean Power Plan. Specifically Energy Alabama and GASP requested EPA more equitably define what constitutes a low income community, to use existing measurement and verification methods at use in the market, and

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Energy Alabama Wins 2016 Air Pollution Control Achievement Award

Energy Alabama was honored to win the 2016 Air Pollution Control Achievement Award (Education Category)! The award application was submitted under our legal name, Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy. We are a non-profit organization accelerating the transition to sustainable energy in Alabama. The City of Huntsville honored us for our work in the schools to

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Green, Sustainable Buildings of the Future

FLORENCE — Energy efficiency is quickly becoming a growth industry in the building trades, but northwest Alabama is lagging compared with the rest of the state, according to advocates. Speakers Monday at the Shoals Creativity Experiment, an ongoing public discussion about renewable energy and sustainability, included Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama, who said that

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Movement Shows Importance of Sustainable Energy

Energy Alabama in Huntsville recently kicked off a movement in efforts to convert Alabama to 100 percent sustainable energy. The local team of Energy Alabama presented a platform for people within Madison County to come together and share ideas as well as act upon those innovations and ideas. “Energy Alabama wanted to launch a movement

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UAH sustainability program brings changes to campus

Since 2013, Haley Hix, Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, has been hard at work, creating and implementing environmentally conscious projects. Her goal in each new endeavor is two-fold: to educate the Huntsville community about sustainable options and to make the UAH campus more environmentally friendly. The small town girl from Tennessee has always

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