Does Department of Energy Activity = Clean Energy for Alabama?

The last 30-60 days have seen a flurry of activity coming out of the Department of Energy (DOE). This federal activity could mean huge opportunities for growth in clean energy for Alabama. Here are some of the topics being covered by recent grant announcements or notices of intent.

  • Extreme residential energy efficiency
  • University R&D on energy efficient technology
  • Commercial energy efficiency
  • Distributed energy and storage integration

Of course it isn’t unusual to see such a large amount of federal activity during this time of year but the variety of topics is encouraging! Our mission to transition Huntsville to 100% clean and efficient energy by 2025 and Alabama by 2035 aligns well with DOE’s recent announcements. We wholeheartedly believe that the most cost effective energy is energy you do not need to use. This is why we put so much focus on energy conservation and efficiency. Then and only then should renewable energy, energy storage, and other forms of distributed generation be considered.

We’re hard at work with our partners to bring some of DOE’s investment in clean energy to Alabama. As always, we can never have enough committed team members and we hope you’ll join us.

-Daniel

Redstone Arsenal Goes Solar

The recent announcement that Redstone Arsenal will house the largest solar installation in the state is great news for Huntsville and Alabama, but also a reminder of how much work remains to be done. If solar installations are a force multiplier for the military, they are also a force multiplier for communities throughout our state. If our local communities adopted the same commitment demonstrated by the US Army we could open up a significant wealth creation opportunity and in doing so build stronger and more resilient communities.

Consider this quote from Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, “We look at renewable energy as a means to secure energy for our installations. We are not doing these projects for politically motivated reasons or because of the mandate (energy goal of 25 percent production of energy from renewable sources by 2025). We are doing them for mission effectiveness.”

Redstone Arsenal goes solar!

He clearly states that renewable energy is simply the strongest way to secure clean, reliable and affordable energy in order to accomplish the Army’s mission. Losing power for a week is not an option when lives are on the line. Not to mention that this monumental effort is being accomplished with private money. No additional burden to taxpayers and the Army gets predictable and affordable prices. What could be better?

Spoiler alert! What would be better is a thoughtful but determined approach by towns and cities across Alabama to begin their switch to clean energy as well.

Just the fact that there were no prime contractors from the great state of Alabama bidding on this opportunity demonstrates how far behind we are.

But we, too, can do this. The magnitude of Redstone’s announcement may fade but the challenge will remain: how we respond as a community and as a state to this wholly feasible opportunity to generate our own clean, reliable and affordable energy. Will our communities also start to build resiliency? Will we see wisdom in the Army’s electricity choices? It won’t happen overnight but let us begin now.

Huntsville Better Buildings Challenge

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.