renewable energy

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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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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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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Pros and Cons of Bioenergy

A while back I shared with you a primer on the world’s oldest source of energy – bioenergy. As a reminder, Bioenergy refers to the process of “efficiently extracting considerable quantities of clean, low-emission electricity from waste.” The waste used as a fuel source is usually agricultural, forestry and municipal wastes, with sugar cane waste (“bagasse”)

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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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What is Bioenergy?

What is Bioenergy? Bioenergy is energy that comes from renewable biological sources. These sources can be any form of organic matter that stores sunlight as chemical energy. Typical sources include manure, wood pulp, and sugarcane. Although, many more sources are available and currently being researched. The oldest form of biofuel is wood, typically used for

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North Alabama’s Only Renewable Energy Degree is at ACECET

Calhoun Community College is home to Alabama’s first and only renewable energy degree as well as a number of certification courses. Not only is this the first in the state it is one of only a few in the country. The program, which was funded by a $3.47M Department of Labor grant in 2010, offers

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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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