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.

Agenda: (Click on hyperlinked name of presenter to view their presentation)

9:00 AM          Introductions and Welcome

Michael Churchman, Alabama Environmental Council

9:10 AM          Planning for our Energy Future: Alabama and the Southeast

Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology;
Max Neubauer, American Association for an Energy Efficient Economy;
Ken Smith, Energy Foundation Consultant; 

10:40             Renewable Energy

Greg Cox, EDT Energy Group 
Patrick Buckley, Pioneer Green Energy 
Jerry Adams, Dir. Renewable Energy, Calhoun Community College 

11:55             Lunch and Keynote – Marilyn Brown

Dr. Brown is a professor at the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology; Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Board Member of TVA

1:15               Energy Efficiency

Matt Winslett, UAB Engineering Manager
Doug Sweet, Paper Industry Process Consultant 
Cyrus Bhedwar, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance 
Ruchi Singhal, Nexus Energy Center, Huntsville

2:40              Conclusions/Next Steps


For more information on the successful 2012 POWER-UP Energy Forum, follow this link for the agenda and presentations. You will also find a four-page summary of 2012 presentations, highlights, immediate next steps and a brief summary of table and community conversations is available at this link. A lengthier report of 2012 community and forum participant’s questions and comments  can be found at this link. Lastly, 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 State Energy Planning process and to Alabama energy policy decisions. That information, can be found at this link



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