Energy Alabama advocates for smart state and local energy policy that unlocks the potential for sustainable energy in Alabama.
But what does this mean?
It means we’re working to pass legislation favorable to sustainable energy, remove obstacles that block the growth of sustainable energy, and educate regular Alabamians on how to make their voices heard to their elected officials.
We focus on policies that build Alabama up, step by step, to achieve a future of sustainable energy for all. No matter where in Alabama you live.
We can’t even say, “Thank goodness for Mississippi.” Alabama is the worst state in America for the growth of sustainable energy to date. Now is the time to take action!
What we are doing now:
Energy Alabama is currently challenging both major utilities in the state. We are:
1. Suing TVA for their unlawful adoption of a new perpetual contract with its local power companies that severely limits local renewable energy.
2. Intervening and fighting Alabama Power’s solar tax, the highest such fee in the country.
3. Taking action against Alabama Power’s proposal to build/buy ~1.5 GW (~200,000 homes worth!) of new natural gas in favor of energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, and battery storage.
Local Policy is aimed at city council members, county commissioners, mayors and municipal leaders. Even in the absence of state action, local governments can and should affect positive change. Energy Alabama’s local policy recognizes and appreciates the role of local officials for their leadership in sustainable energy.
We advocate for policies at the local level that would require:
• Openness and transparency in setting utility rates (policy brief)
• Involvement in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge
• Disclosure of commercial building energy performance (policy brief)
• Requiring minimum energy performance on rental housing
• Growing opportunities for electric transportation
State policy is aimed at members of the Alabama legislature and leaders of Alabama’s executive agencies. Energy Alabama believes that Alabama can and should lead the Southeast in the transition to sustainable energy, capturing the economic, social, and environmental benefits for all people.
We advocate for state-level policies that would:
• Allow energy freedom, also known as third-party ownership of renewable energy (policy brief)
• Develop a comprehensive state energy plan
• Open and transparent long-range planning, also called Integrated Resource Planning (policy brief)
• Require fair market pricing for solar
Download our Alabama Policy Agenda (PDF download)
How we choose policies to work on
Energy Alabama places key values at the core of every decision we make, and every issue we engage. They are:
We intend to use the power of the market to scale the solutions needed while recognizing that the market cannot solve all societal ills and must be properly regulated.
While traditionally only referred to in an environmental sense, sustainability means much more. Truly sustainable policy changes also improve family conditions, public health, and economic development. Any change in energy policy must improve the economic, social, and environmental positions for all Alabamians and the policy itself must be sustainable.
Any change in energy policy must be rooted in improving economic, social, and environmental benefits for all Alabamians. The policy must address, or at the very least, not exacerbate, inequities already present from the status quo.