Energy Alabama to Help Local Churches Slash Energy Costs with Energy Benchmarking

HUNTSVILLE, AL—Energy Alabama is helping local churches and houses of worship get the most out of their utility bills and reduce church energy costs with energy benchmarking. More budget for work in the community is just a perk.

On Tuesday, February 7, Energy Alabama will host an Energy Benchmarking at Avion Solutions, Inc. on Research Drive in Huntsville. At this free event, local church representatives will have energy experts on-hand to help guide them through the process of using energy benchmarking to save money on utility bills.

Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy a building consumes, and comparing it to the same data from similar structures. This benchmarking “jam session” will bring energy experts together with church leaders to maximize energy and water efficiency throughout the community. In addition, businesses will be able to identify potential projects eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.

Tickets are free, although space is limited. The jam begins at 5:30 p.m. and finishes at 8:30. Refreshments will be provided. Each building representative should bring the following:

  • Laptop or tablet
  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • Twelve consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building.  Historical energy use data can be downloaded on the Huntsville Utilities website with an online account.

Space can be reserved at: https://alcse.org/events/church-energy-benchmarking/

About Energy Alabama

Energy Alabama is accelerating the transition to clean, sustainable energy throughout Alabama. We accomplish our mission by educating young and old alike, informing smart energy policy, and providing technical assistance to help deploy more sustainable energy. We believe in 100% sustainable energy for all.

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For more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Tait by phone at 256-303-7773, or by email at dtait@alcse.org.

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/

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/

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/

Energy Alabama Wins 2016 Air Pollution Control Achievement Award

Energy Alabama was honored to win the 2016 Air Pollution Control Achievement Award (Education Category)! The award application was submitted under our legal name, Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy. We are a non-profit organization accelerating the transition to sustainable energy in Alabama.

The City of Huntsville honored us for our work in the schools to educate K-12 students about clean, sustainable energy. The use of sustainable energy has a positive impact on our air quality.

More information about the award can be found here: http://www.huntsvilleal.gov/2016-air-pollution-control-achievement-awards/