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 to be raised from time to time especially if much of the increase will be used for better technology such as smart meters,”  said Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama.

They say they plan to advocate for more energy efficiency and access to renewable energy.

To continue reading, please visit: http://whnt.com/2017/01/09/tonight-huntsville-utilities-to-hold-public-meeting-in-advance-of-rate-hike-request/

Energy vs Power

Power vs Energy: What’s the difference?

Power vs Energy. What is energy? What is power? How do they work together? And why does it matter to you? These are all important questions in helping you understand what fuels the light, heat, and electronics in your home.

What is energy?

Energy is defined as a measurement of how much fuel is contained within something or used by something over a specific period of time. This is what your utility company uses to determine how much energy you consume each month, and they measure it in kilowatt hours (kWh), which is how many kilowatts per hour you use. So you know that consumption charge you see on your bill that says something like 652 kWh? It means your residence has used 652 kWh worth of energy in a month.

A lot of energy, yo.

Power on. Beep.

What is power?

Power is the rate at which energy is generated or used. It is the measure of how fast something is generating or using energy. A kilowatt (kW) is a good example of a measurement of power. You measure power by how fast something is generating or using energy. For example, the higher number of kW a building pulling, the faster that building is using energy.

How do they work together?

We’ve already found out that power is the rate at which something uses energy, so for something to have power it also has to somehow have energy to work. For your TV to have power, it has to be plugged into the wall where the electricity can connect to it. The electricity is the energy that gives your TV the power to project the new episode of The Big Bang Theory that you’ve been waiting to see. The energy you used is the amount of power over the duration of the time you watched TV.

The units that power and energy are measured in, kW and kWh respectively, are also related. This fact may be relatively obvious since they look pretty similar, but there is actually a little bit more involved. The two measurements are connected through math. (“OH NO! MATH!” But I promise this math is easy to understand.) To get energy, you multiply power by time. For kWh, it is kWh(energy)= kW(power)*time (usually hours). To get power, you divide instead of multiply. You divide the energy by time. For kW, it is kW(power)= kWh(energy)/ time. This is how the measurements are calculated.

Why does it matter to you?

We already know that power and energy are what powers (you see what I did there???) our day-to-day lives. It’s what charges our smartphones for us to stay connected during the day; it’s what turns our lights on when night time comes so we don’t trip over shoes on the floor or stub our toes on the furniture. (Although, stubbing my toe on furniture happens to me during the day time, so I don’t think that is the electricity’s problem.) In modern times, most of us couldn’t function properly without somewhere to charge our phones, a microwave to heat our food or something to heat the water for our showers. Understanding power and energy and how they work together is a good first step in understanding and appreciating the comforts most of us enjoy daily.

Sustainable Energy Initiatives for Schools

We have been teaching the teachers, and for that, their good work has been rewarded.

The team at Energy Alabama has created a number of initiatives for schools, communities, the private sector and non-profits, each leading to a more rapid acceleration of sustainable energy in the state.

Our work was recognized recently with the presentation of the Achievement Award for environment education, by the City of Huntsville’s Air Pollution Control Board.

To read the full article from the City of Huntsville, please visit: http://cityblog.huntsvilleal.gov/taking-class-alabama-center-sustainable-energy/

Energy efficiency

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 includes adding cost effective measures that can be completed with quick returns on investment and accrue the most benefits to end-use residents possible.

Our full comments can be found here: http://alcse.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2017-Alabama-Housing-Finance-Authority-Plan-Comment-Form.pdf

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 a state where electricity cools and, occasionally, heats buildings year-round. Alabama is among the top states in the nation for both power production and consumption, according to federal data.

Alabama clean energy advocates said renewable standards can come without higher power bills. Energy Alabama CEO Daniel Tait said similar moves in North Carolina and other states have actually lowered rates.

Read the full article from the Montgomery Advertiser here: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/alabama/2016/11/02/dont-take-power-granted-industry-says/93194008/