Energy Alabama and GASP Comment on Alabama’s Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

Energy Alabama, along with GASP, provided comments to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) on their effort to draft Alabama’s Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP). The BMP will be the state of Alabama’s strategy to best use Volkswagen’s settlement monies pursuant to a Clean Air Act violation.

Our comments included what we believe to be the three most important principles for ADEM to consider:

  1. Pursuing actions with the largest emissions reduction per dollar spent;
  2. Pursuing actions that reduce future stranded infrastructure costs;
  3. Pursuing options that lend themselves to clear metrics and demonstrable results.

Furthermore, our overarching recommendations for ADEM included:

  1. Emphasize electrification of all transportation
  2. Work with utilities to share data
  3. Track and report emissions reduction to the public
  4. Invest in projects with large immediate emissions reductions for heavy-duty transportation

Our full comments can be found here: https://alcse.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Volkswagen-Settlement-Beneficiary-Mitigation-Plan_20170511_FINAL.pdf

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: https://alcse.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2017-Alabama-Housing-Finance-Authority-Plan-Comment-Form.pdf

Energy Alabama and GASP Weigh In on Clean Energy Incentive Program

Energy Alabama and GASP submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to encourage changes to the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), part of the Clean Power Plan. Specifically Energy Alabama and GASP requested EPA more equitably define what constitutes a low income community, to use existing measurement and verification methods at use in the market, and to not retire emission rate credits (ERCs). We both believe these changes will provide more opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy benefits to accrue directly to low income families, the original goal of CEIP.

Our full comments can be read here: https://alcse.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Gasp-EA-Comment-FINAL-DRAFT.pdf