Policy and Advocacy

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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Executive Actions on Energy – What It Means

The last few years have seen a slurry of executive actions on clean, sustainable energy from the Federal government. There’s way more than just the Clean Power Plan. So what is there and what does it mean? In March of this year, President Obama signed an Executive Order, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next

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TVA’s Integrated Resource Plan – What it Means

Recently the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors approved an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). That sounds great! But what does it really mean? What is an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)? Most simply, an IRP is a common planning tool in the electricity sector. This planning tool helps utilities look into the future to weigh

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Clean Power Plan Could Create Boom in Tenn. Valley Tech Industry

TENNESSEE VALLEY (WAFF) – In the past several years, utility companies have started to move away from coal, opting for cheaper natural gas. On Monday, President Obama’s Clean Power Plan highlighted the government’s commitment to renewable energy, and showed power companies that they will profit from their investments. Daniel Tait, with Energy Alabama says there’s still a

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SB220 Passed! – What it Means

Alabama Senate Bill 220 passed the House and Senate on June 4th, 2015 and became law when Gov. Robert Bentley signed it on June 12th, 2015. Sounds great! Right??? Here’s what it means. What is SB220? Quite simply SB220 allows any improvement district (think downtown redevelopment authority) and municipalities (think counties and cities) to create a property assessed

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Google’s 100% Renewable Energy Alabama Campus – What it Means

North Alabama welcomes Google with its 14th data center! Yay Alabama! OK, so what does it actually mean? There are two key takeaways that matter to you: It is now clear that clean, sustainable energy is extremely important to companies of the “new economy”. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is re-purposing its shuttered coal-fired power plants

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Let’s Push TVA for a Sustainable Energy Plan for the Future: guest opinion

Let’s Push TVA for a Sustainable Energy Plan for the Future: guest opinion Our CEO, Daniel Tate, shared a guest opinion on AL.com, encouraging the TVA to follow through on their Integrated Resource Plan. A few days ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released its draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This plan takes a long-term

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A Pivotal Moment for the Tennessee Valley

A few days ago the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released its draft of their Integrated Resource Plan. This is a study that takes a long-term look at ways that TVA can meet future demand for electricity in new and innovative ways. The IRP helps TVA better serve their customers by envisioning a generation mix that can

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Huntsville is on the move to net zero energy!

Have you seen the incredible pace of clean energy activity in Huntsville lately? It’s almost been neck-breaking but who doesn’t want to see even more? In case you’ve missed some, here are the highlights. Clean, sustainable energy startups will get a boost at summer 2015 accelerator program Huntsville is the only Alabama city in running

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