Energy: Renewable & Efficient + Reliable & Economical
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Registration 8:30-9:00; Forum 9:00-3:30; 
Networking 3:30-4:30; Social 4:30-6:00 
Birmingham-Southern College, Norton Campus Center, Great Hall

 

Energy: Renewable & Efficient + Reliable & Economical
March 18, 2015

Birmingham-Southern College, Norton Campus Center, Great Hall

Alabama Environmental Council’s third POWER-UP forum was Wednesday March 18, 2015 – in partnership with Southern Environmental Center and BSC Urban Environmental Studies Program.  Speaker bios can be found here.

We must reschedule! If you have already registered we are in the process of refunding your registration. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and hope that both presenters and guests will be able to attend, at a date to be announced soon, with our planned agenda intact. Meanwhile, please keep submitting Conservation Award nominations!

2017 Registration, Award Nominations Open!

Energy: Renewable & Efficient + Reliable & Economical
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Registration 8:30-9:00; Forum 9:00-3:30; 
Networking 3:30-4:30; Social 4:30-6:00 
Birmingham-Southern College, Norton Campus Center, Great Hall

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The Alabama Environmental Council hosted its second POWER-UP Energy Forum on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. This was an open, public forum about energy across our state and had participants from Auburn to Huntsville, Gadsden to Tuscaloosa. Conversations centered around efficiency and conservation, alternatives, renewables, and a transparent process for stakeholders to have input in choosing our energy future in Alabama. Speakers gave local, regional, and national perspectives about what is working across the Southeast and had ample time for conversation and interaction. We enjoyed spending the day celebrating sustainability and economic opportunity and look forward to next year's event to be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Birmingham Southern College!

For a detailed summary of the event including take-aways from each presenter, follow this link.

2012 ENERGY FORUM

     The Alabama Environmental Council hosted an open, public forum about energy across our state. Conversations centered around efficiency and conservation, alternatives, renewables, and a transparent process for stakeholders to have input in choosing our energy future. Local and regional speakers gave local and regional perspectives about what is working across the Southeast with time for conversation and interaction. Jim McClintock, UAB Polar Marine Biologist and author of Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land, gave our keynote address. Available presentations from the Forum may be found under the Agenda, below.

A four-page summary of presentations, highlights, immediate next steps and a brief summary of table and community conversations is available at this link.

A lengthier report of community and forum participant’s questions and comments  can be found at this link.

Be sure to review the one-page list of specific findings and recommendations developed from Forum speakers' and participants' comments. Items on the list are relevant to the new State Energy Plan process and to Alabama energy policy decisions. This information, can be found at this link

Topics of discussion included: (Click on the title of presentation to view)

"Energy is a Terrible Thing to Waste," a factsheet on energy efficiency and conservation in Alabama from the Alabama Environmental Council

 

1.     EPA guidelines

2.     Energy Division: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

a.     Alabama Saves

The United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") today reversed a 2008 decision that had weakened Alabama laws limiting emissions from smokestacks. In one of its final actions, the Bush Administration allowed Alabama to ease restrictions on the amount of smoke that sources such as power plants may emit. Today’s rulemaking action by EPA is a victory for cleaner air across Alabama and especially in areas like heavily-polluted Birmingham, which has failed to meet federal air quality standards for dangerous fine particulates for many years.

Michael Churchman, Executive Director for the Alabama Environmental Council, explained: "What happened here is that some of Alabama’s polluters convinced regulators to relax a rule that had been on the books for 30 years – only after citizens sued to enforce that rule. Today, the EPA recognized that was the wrong decision. Technology is used all over the country to better control emissions and should be required to operate continuously in Alabama. I believe that today’s action will significantly help clean up the state’s air and protect public health. And, at a time when many see the environment competing with the economy, it is great to see EPA’s recognition of no anticipated increase in cost of compliance for sources that were already in compliance with previous requirements."

Environmental Groups Likely to Appeal AL Coal Plant Ruling
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Contact: Blan Holman, Senior Attorney (919) 302-6819

BIRMINGHAM, AL – A federal judge yesterday dismissed a Clean Air Act lawsuit alleging that
Alabama Power Company failed to install pollution controls when it refurbished three of its coal-fired units in Alabama - Greene County #2, Barry #2 (Mobile), and Gorgas #10 (Birmingham).

A new study confirms that recycling plastics, specifically PET and HDPE, results in significant savings in energy and greenhouse gas emissions. The study used life cycle inventory (LCI) methodology to quantify the energy requirements, solid wastes, and atmospheric and waterborne emissions for the processes required to collect postconsumer PET and HDPE packaging, sort and separate the material, and reprocess it into clean recycled resin.

 

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