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

Solar power, other renewable energy sources, and energy efficiency were topics of expert speakers at the Alabama Environmental Council's fourth POWER-UP Energy Forum held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Birmingham-Southern College. Click the hyperlinked speaker names to view PDFs of their presentations. Read about our first Conservation Award Winners here. Videos now linked below!

Special appreciation to Southern Environmental Center and the Urban Environmental Studies program, our co-hosts for two years at Birmingham Southern College. In addition to a great place for the event, time for information-swapping, networking, and socializing on-campus immediately following adjournment in the afternoon was great.

Special thanks to this year's sponsors:



(Click on hyper-linked names for presentations and panels for panel summaries.)

8:30-9:00 - Registration and exhibits

9:00-9:10 - Welcome from BSC:  Roald Hazelhoff, Southern Environmental Center and Bill Holt, Urban Environmental Studies

9:10-9:20 - AEC and Sustainability - Overview of the day –
 Michael Churchman, AEC Executive Director

9:20-10:30 - View from Customers – Solar and Energy Efficiency

Videos: Part 1 / Part 2

Moderator, Joyce Lanning, AEC Energy Program Consultant

  • Jim Terry - Architect, CEO Evan Terry Associates, Off grid solar home
  • Elizabeth Scribner - UAB Math instructor, PhD. Candidate, Off grid Solar Homeowner
  • Randy Buckner - Dir. of Research & Development, Avion Solutions
  • Keith Johns - Dir. of Energy & Sustainability, CBRE

10:30-10:45 - Break

10:45-11:55 - View from Solar and Energy Efficiency professionals – for large and small consumers

Videos: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

Moderator, Kyle Crider, AEC Energy Project Manager

  • Jonathan Handey - Energy Consultant/Co-Owner Eco Three
  • Ruchi Singhal - Executive Director, Nexus Energy Center
  • Barry Gillespie - Alabama Senior Account Executive, NORESCO
  • Scott Clark - COO, Shoals Technologies Group

12:00-1:00 - Lunch (provided) – table talk, visit exhibits

1:00-1:30 - Alabama Solar Knowledge update & POWER-UP Conservation Awards

1:30-2:45 - Producing and consuming electricity in a carbon-constrained future

View video!

Moderator, Michael Churchman, AEC Executive Director

  • Nick Sellers - Vice President, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Alabama Power
  • Michael Scalf - Senior Strategic Consultant, Stakeholder Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • Cameron Smith - State Programs Director for the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C. & Alabama Media Group columnist
  • Mike Kensler - Director, Auburn University Office of Sustainability

2:45-3:15 - Retrospective and next steps:

  • Michael Churchman - AEC
  • Kathleen Kirkpatrick - Director, Community - Alabama U.S. Green Building Council 
  • Daniel Tait - CEO, Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Greg Cox - Energy Programs Manager, Spectrum Solutions, Inc.

3 Minute pitches for areas of interest and networking:

View video!

  • Solar Businesses
  • Solar Customers
  • Energy efficiency
  • Regulation - Clean Power Plan & other regulations
  • Other interests ….

3:30 – 4:30 - Adjourn – for informal information swap and networking around areas of interest pitched above

4:30 – 6:00 - After Hours Social – Southern Environmental Center - AEC Junior Board

(To see the details of our 2015 event, follow this link.)

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