AEC held its fourth POWER-UP Energy Forum in the Norton Campus Center Great Hall at Birmingham-Southern College Tuesday, February 23, 2016. For the first time, POWER-UP celebrated energy conservation winners in Residential, Commercial, and Educational categories.

“We don’t just want to talk about all the good news happening in Alabama related to renewable energy and energy efficiency,” explained AEC Executive Director Michael Churchman. “We want to celebrate those who have already achieved significant, measurable savings in money and energy, making Alabama’s power grid more resilient and secure.”

The first POWER-UP Conservation Award winners were:

  • Residential: Permaculture/green residence and farm of Michele Sneed (Huntsville)
  • Commercial: Royal Cup, Inc. (Birmingham)
  • Educational: Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa)

The Sneed residence is a traditional-looking Southern farm house with passive solar architecture, extremely energy efficient building, geothermal heating & cooling, a solar hot water system, and grid-tied 9.3 KW solar photovoltaic system, which generates more power than the house uses.

Royal Cup’s numerous sustainability accomplishments include the installation of over 1,300 T8 Florescent Tubes with 12w LED lights, saving an estimated 104,000 kWh and 225,000 lbs of CO2 avoided. Royal Cup also has begun a National Waste and Recycling program, which will help achieve Royal Cup’s goal of 99% landfill free saving an estimated 315,283 lbs of CO2 avoided.

Birmingham-based Sain Engineering Associates’ accomplishments at Shelton State Community College include developing and implementing a “Best Value” approach for energy conservation while maintaining ongoing operations and zero capital expenditures via Continuous Commissioning®. A review of electric bills for the months of July 2015 through January 2016 documented savings of over $177,000! The savings surpassed the projected annual savings goal of $85,000 in only four months.

Also, for the first time this year, representatives from both Alabama Power and TVA participated in a panel discussion and Q&A regarding “Producing and consuming electricity in a carbon-constrained future.” Other panels discussed “View from Customers – Solar and Energy Efficiency” and “View from Solar and Energy Efficiency professionals – for large and small consumers.”

Click this link to view agenda and presentations.