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Foosgazi wins Huntsville Human Foosball tournament

Foosgazi wins Energy Alabama Human Foosball Tournament!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 1st Human Foosball Tournament with the Toyota USA Foundation Avion Solutions Incorporated, Redstone Federal Credit Union and Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

Huntsville team, Foosgazi took the title at the Energy Alabama Huntsville Human Foosball tournament. Feedback from the event was great and we hope to make this the first of many Human Foosball events in Huntsville.

 

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Daniel Tait of Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy referring the first Huntsville Human Foosball tournament

 

   

A Pivotal Moment for the Tennessee Valley

A few days ago the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released its draft of their Integrated Resource Plan. This is a study that takes a long-term look at ways that TVA can meet future demand for electricity in new and innovative ways. The IRP helps TVA better serve their customers by envisioning a generation mix that can respond to changing market conditions while meeting consumer demand for cleaner energy.

On April 9th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, TVA will host a public meeting at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce to receive feedback and discuss this draft. This is your chance to speak out for clean energy! 

In this draft, TVA is making a demonstrable effort to increase investment in clean energy like energy efficiency and solar. We are asking for your help to show TVA that we support their steps AND would encourage even more investment in clean energy like wind, distributed storage and microgrids. 

To get more information or read the full draft you can visit: https://www.tva.gov/file_source/TVA/Site%20Content/Environment/Environmental%20Stewardship/IRP/Documents/2015_irp.pdf

Building a Social Movement

There’s a great story from the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Dan and Chip Heath about a man riding an elephant. When you visualize this scenario it seems that the man is in control. His instructions and swift movements direct the elephant at will. But there is something a little more fundamental that we all recognize. The man is only in control to the point the elephant is willing. The elephant, if provoked, could easily toss the man off his back.

We also battle this dynamic within us between the rational side of our brain (the man riding the elephant) and the emotional side of our brain (the elephant). We often do what we logically know is not the best option.

In order to truly effect change or motivate someone to act, it is not enough to convince the man riding the elephant. We must also motivate the elephant. 

I tell this story to make an important point about getting to “net zero energy“. Facts and figures will not win the day. They are necessary to be sure but we must start with the emotion, the why. No change will ever happen unless those who need to change understand why they need to change. When it comes to “net zero energy” we all need to make changes, and many of us realize that, but few of us understand the why.

At ALCSE we are working on building a social movement. One of our goals at ALCSE is to educate people about why this change needs to be made and why they should make this change. But, just as importantly we hope to inspire this change and this movement to “net zero energy.” The greatest changes in our history were won with passionate people who inspired us all to act. We hope you’ll act with us. 

Take the Long Term View on Gas Prices

By now you’ve felt it. The happiness that comes with filling up the gas take at half of what it used to cost. Great news right? Well, yes and no. We’re very happy that lower gas prices are putting more money into the pockets of US consumers. This is wonderful for the US economy in the short-term. Especially when those savings are captured and put to use saving energy in your home through comprehensive energy efficiency or investing in renewable energy!

More troubling though are indications that people are now making long-term decisions based on what could very well end up being a short-term change. Sales of SUVs and trucks are starting to climb. Many people are worried that highly efficient vehicles like electrics and plug-in electrics will slow.

Most indications are that gas prices will stay low through 2015 but will start to rise again. What will happen in 2016? No one can be certain of anything. Anyone who has lived through the last 10-20 years can say that prices will be volatile at best. We encourage people to think twice before purchasing inefficient vehicles based on today’s gas prices. You may come to regret it next year.

The only thing certain is change. That means that the decisions you make today should not be based only on the present, but on what may, and likely will, happen in the future. Make choices that are focused on what is in the best benefit of everyone when it comes to your energy use, and that includes vehicle energy efficiency. Choosing highly efficient vehicles, including electric and hybrid vehicles will benefit you not only today but far into the future. No matter whether gas prices rise, your costs will stay low. But, just as important is knowledge that you are making wise choices for the future of energy efficiency.

Choose wisely, choose sustainable energy!

Huntsville Better Buildings Challenge

Huntsville is on the move to net zero energy!

Have you seen the incredible pace of clean energy activity in Huntsville lately? It’s almost been neck-breaking but who doesn’t want to see even more? In case you’ve missed some, here are the highlights.

  1. Clean, sustainable energy startups will get a boost at summer 2015 accelerator program
  2. Huntsville is the only Alabama city in running for $5M Georgetown University Energy Prize
  3. Redstone Arsenal to be home to the largest solar power array in Alabama
  4. Another major energy project coming to RSA, aim is to make 25 MW of power from biomass-generated steam
  5. Huntsville becoming geospatial and energy center, Washington officials tell 2014 Geo-Energy Summit

It’s great to be part of a city that is working so hard to reach net zero energy. We know there are so many great things to come for our great city and for all of Alabama.

What’s not even listed yet is that we’re working on launching the North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge to encourage and assist the commercial sector, especially small businesses, with saving energy. Saved energy puts capital back to work where it belongs like hiring people, research and development and expanding.

We’re also hard at work creating an online dashboard to show you the latest clean energy activity all across Madison County. It will also let you submit your own energy-saving or energy-producing project. Reaching our goal of 100% clean and efficient energy will take everyone!

We just can’t say how proud we are of Huntsville for making such great strides is such a short amount of time. Of course there is ton more work to do to reach “net zero energy” but the future sure is bright.

Thank you for your part in helping us reach NetZeroHSV Let’s keep up the momentum!

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