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Huntsville’s Net Zero Energy ‘Moon Shot’

Are you ready for Huntsville’s Net Zero Energy “Moon Shot”?

Reposted from WLRH.org. To listen to our interview, please visit: http://wlrh.org/News/huntsvilles-energy-moon-shot

Energy Alabama (aka The Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy) has ambitious goals that involve transforming the way we produce and consume energy in Huntsville, Madison County, and beyond. Daniel Tait heads the organization. He spoke with WLRH host Shane Scott about efforts to promote the standard of “net zero energy,” emphasizing economic advantages.

Net Zero energy is our “moon shot”. If we can put a man on the moon, we can achieve this goal!

 

Electric Vehicles Are Just Fun to Drive

Have you ever driven an electric vehicle? Chances are most people haven’t and that’s ok! If you haven’t though, you should. Why? Not just because you can save tons of money of gasoline/diesel, but because they’re just so fun!

We’ve been driving the all electric BMW i3 and wow. It handles extraordinarily well and the instant torque provides such quick acceleration you feel like you can pretty much beat anyone. Of course you can’t unless you’re driving a Tesla Model S…

We’ve also test driven a Nissan LEAF and a Chevy Volt. Each has their pros and cons for sure. You can easily get yourself a ticket because they are so quiet you don’t realize exactly how fast you’re going.

We won’t go on and on about how awesome they are but you should really try one and see what you think. If anything you should be scared that you’ll like it TOO much and want to buy one. But that wouldn’t be so bad would it?

Daniel

Energy Alabama Obtains Guidestar Exchange Silver Participation Level

Energy Alabama Obtains Guidestar Exchange Silver Participation Level for Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

Huntsville, AL – Energy Alabama today received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Energy Alabama’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Daniel Tait, CEO. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, Energy Alabama had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on www.guidestar.org for the Silver level of participation.

“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Daniel Tait. “We are engaged in exciting clean energy initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”

About the GuideStar Exchange

The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.

About the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy

Energy Alabama is accelerating the transition to sustainable, clean energy throughout Alabama. We do this by widely promoting sustainable energy as a feasible, state-wide goal, by executing high-impact clean energy projects across the State, and by providing people with information and opportunities to help make clean energy choices. We work with policy makers, public agencies, local governments, educational institutions, utilities, business and civic leaders and individuals to transform Alabama’s energy marketplace and beyond. Energy Alabama is committed to powering Huntsville with 100% clean and efficient energy by 2025 and Alabama by 2035.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Tait at (256) 303-7773 or email at dtait@alcse.org.

Nonprofit wants Huntsville AL to Achieve Net Zero Energy by 2025

Energy Alabama wants Huntsville AL to achieve net zero energy by 2025. That’s our goal, but we need your help to meet this goal.

Originally posted and written by Energy Manager Today

Huntsville, Ala., is home to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, which is active in helping the Army achieve its congressionally mandated energy goal of 25 percent production of energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Now, a new nonprofit in Huntsville – Energy Alabama – wants to see the metro area of Huntsville, itself, transition to 100-percent clean energy by 2025 and Alabama by 2035.  Energy Alabama has dubbed its goal – NetZeroHSV (HSV is the abbreviation for the Huntsville airport).

Although the group is new and looking for funding, it is working with policy makers, businesses and utilities to help Alabama transition to more renewable energy, reports AL.com.

Daniel Tait, CEO of the nonprofit, said Alabamians are receptive to the idea of more renewable energy, especially if couched in terms of economic benefit.

Original article: http://www.energymanagertoday.com/nonprofit-wants-huntsville-ala-achieve-net-zero-energy-2025-0104257/

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Energy Alabama to Activate Transition to Clean Energy for Alabama

Energy Alabama Formed to Activate Community on Transition to Clean Energy for Alabama

Launch of 501(c)(3) organization to use interactive local projects to spur clean energy.

Huntsville, AL, August 19, 2014–Energy Alabaama was founded on June 17th, 2014 to accelerate Alabama’s transition to sustainable, clean energy. To demonstrate the economic and technical feasibility of this project, Energy Alabama created its NetZeroHSV Initiative in Huntsville, Alabama to realize ‘net zero energy’ use (100% clean and efficient energy use) within 10 years. The NetZeroHSV Initiative wholly focuses on the intersection of clean energy with good business practices, a healthy environment, and the social well-being of the community.

“This is a challenging mission,” says Daniel Tait, CEO of the Energy Alabama. “Huntsville has put a man on the moon in less than 10 years. We thrive on solving the nation’s biggest issues.”

This ‘moonshot’ program will allow for the application of the best clean energy practices utilized by both the military and other communities around the world while adapting for local realities and monitoring progress to net zero energy use. Based on a recent report from Stanford University a 100% clean and efficient energy Alabama would result in a 4% boost the State’s economy and net employment increase of over 165,000 40-year jobs.

Energy Alabama is accelerating the transition to sustainable, clean energy throughout Alabama. We do this by widely promoting sustainable energy as a feasible, state-wide goal, by executing high-impact clean energy projects across the State, and by providing people with information, incentives and opportunities to help make clean energy choices. We work with policy makers, public agencies, local governments, educational institutions, utilities, business and civic leaders and individuals to transform Alabama’s energy marketplace and beyond. Energy Alabama is committed to powering Huntsville with 100% clean and efficient energy by 2025 and Alabama by 2035.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Tait at (256) 303-7773 or email at dtait@alcse.org.