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Energy Alabama Signs On to Comments Opposing TVA’s NEPA Rule Changes

Energy Alabama, and a host of energy and conservation groups, signed on to comments prepared by the Southern Environmental Law Center opposing changes to TVA’s implementing regulations for the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). Energy Alabama is extremely concerned that TVA’s proposed changes undermine transparency, stifle public involvement in TVA’s decisions, and bestow upon TVA almost …

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6 Reasons Time of Use Rates Are the Best Option

Previously we discussed the pros and cons of the available utility use rates. In that post we mentioned that while none of the options are perfect we do have a favorite, so here’s 6 Reasons Time of Use Rates Are The Best Option   Time of Use (TOU) Rates will lower your bill. With some …

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Understanding Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA)

Defining PURPA Passed in 1978 as one part of the National Energy Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies act (PURPA), provided a major benefit to the production and integration of renewable energy. The National Energy Act was conceived in reaction to the energy crisis of 1973. It contained a plethora of legislation that would aim to …

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Are Fixed Utility Charges Bad for Customers?

As solar energy and energy efficiency becomes more common, many electric companies have responded by dramatically increasing, or attempting to increase, monthly fixed utility charges. [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=””] What are fixed charges? Fixed charges are static charges that occur on a regular basis. Most utilities have fixed charges, sometimes called an availability …

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Alabama Power’s Higher Fixed Charge Rate Options Deserve Careful Scrutiny

A few “lucky” Alabama Power customers will soon receive invitations to switch to one of two new rate pilot programs, called “Residential My Choice” or “Residential My Choice Plus.” Both raise the fixed monthly charge – by 260 percent and 400 percent, respectively – and lower the charge that’s based on how much power a household consumes. …

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Energy Alabama Signs On to Comments for Department of Energy’s Grid Reliability Study

Energy Alabama, along with many southeastern groups supportive of sustainable energy, signed on to comments prepared by The Southern Environmental Law Center in regards to the Department of Energy’s Grid Reliability Study. A 60-day inquiry is currently being undertaken by the Department of Energy concerning the reliability of our nation’s electricity grid. We decided to sign …

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Why Alabama Still Lags the Rest of the Southeast on Solar

While other Southeastern states are surging ahead with solar energy, advocates say a unique combination of policy obstacles, burdensome fees, and one reluctant utility company has Alabama lagging behind. The low numbers are the result of several regulatory issues, said Daniel Tait, CEO of nonprofit Energy Alabama. “At the end of the day, Alabama has …

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Is Alabama Really Open for Business?

Alabama says it is open for business, but does it really mean it? A recent piece in AL.com explored many of the ways Alabama is, in fact, closed for business when it comes to renewable energy. The AL.com profile looked at a report titled the Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index authored by the Retail Industry …

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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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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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