Funding for the State Energy Program comes from a U.S. Department of Energy grant. It is managed by a unit in ADECA's Energy Division known as the "Energy Efficiency and Renewables" unit.
The funding is utilized to plan and implement energy programs in Alabama that are designed to achieve national energy goals such as lowering energy costs and consumption, decreasing reliance on imported energy, reducing impacts of energy production and use on the environment and to increase energy security and reliability.
Programs are conducted in the areas of building energy codes, industrial energy efficiency, energy education, renewable fuels, performance contracting and alternative transportation fuels.
Development of a comprehensive energy plan
In early 2013, the Energy Division commissioned a survey to gather ideas regarding state energy goals, policies and programs. The survey, the results of which are available online [Energy Survey Results 2013], is the initial step of a multi-year effort to develop a comprehensive energy plan for Alabama.
The pace of development of the energy plan is heavily dependent upon available resources. Funding reductions created by federal budget sequestration have forced the Energy Division to delay a series of stakeholder meetings originally planned for 2013. We hope that budgets will stabilize at a level that will permit us to resume progress in the near future.
Information on Alabama energy usage is available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's website.
The Renewable Energy Program promotes the adoption of renewable energy technologies in Alabama as a method to increase energy security and environmental sustainability. The division works to raise consumer awareness and acceptance of available biofuel, biomass, solar and biogas technologies through the demonstration of renewable energy technologies and active outreach.
The objectives of the Renewable Energy Program are carried out not only through this program, but also through the Alternative Transportation Fuels program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has Rural Development Energy Progams that may interest you.
This program encourages and promotes the use of alternative transportation fuels as a way to increase the overall efficiency of the transportation system, improve air quality and promote energy independence. An extensive network of alternative fuel stakeholders has been established and is working to accelerate the availability and use of alternative fuels in Alabama.
The Energy Division is encouraging the use of clean burning biodiesel in Alabama school buses and public fleet vehicles through the Alabama Biodiesel Incentive Program. This grant program provides up to $2,500 to Alabama public K-12 school systems, colleges, universities and local governments to cover the cost of cleaning existing diesel fuel storage tanks in preparation for storing biodiesel. [Click here for an application.]
Below are some PDF documents about biofuels that you may find useful:
AU Muncipal Biodiesel Guide
Regulatory Requirements for Biofuel Production Facilities
If you're looking for more information on alternative fuels, a good place to start is www.fueleconomy.gov. The U.S. Department of Energy also has an Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center with an alternative fuel station locator, tax incentives and laws and much more.
Other sources of information for alternative fuels include the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, the U.S. Energy Department's Biomass Program website, the Southeast Diesel Collaborative, the National Biodiesel Board and Growth Energy Market Development.
The Energy Division administers several building energy efficiency programs designed to decrease energy consumption in the state’s public facilities such as K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, state agencies and local governments, as well as in some privately-owned commercial and residential buildings.
ADECA and the Alabama Department of Finance have partnered in the State Buildings Energy Efficiency Program to promote saving energy in state buildings. Using building management practices and new technologies that are energy-efficient, the state can save energy and water while reducing waste and pollution. These measures can lead to significant long-term cost savings for state government.
All state agencies must implement the use of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to measure and report energy efficiency for facilities. The latest energy conservation practices must be used in the design, construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of state facilities and ENERGY STAR labeled equipment must be used when replacing or purchasing new equipment. [See Executive Order 25.]
The Performance Contracting Program is also part of ADECA's Energy Division. This marketing program provides the latest information available to procure and finance large capital energy improvement projects for the state's public facilities, focusing on public agencies such as K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, state agencies and local governments.
The division, in joint membership with the Energy Services Coalition, serves as an advocate for introducing energy performance contracting agreements (guaranteed energy and cost-savings contracts) as a means to reduce energy consumption and cost for all governmental units in the state. All project costs, including financing, are covered by the energy and cost savings achieved by the installation of the energy efficient improvements such as lighting, HVAC equipment, controls and more.
Click here to see a list of the U.S. Energy Department's Qualified List of Energy Service Companies.
Below are PDF documents with detailed information about many aspects of the Performance Contracting Program.
AEPC Manual revised 12-2011
APPENDIX A - Alabama Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings Act
APPENDIX B--Building Commission Law
APPENDIX C-- Sample RFP rev 10.01
APPENDIX D--Facility Profile
APPENDIX E--Sample Energy Audit Agreement rev 10.01
APPENDIX F--Evaluation Forms
APPENDIX G--Sample Energy Service Agreement_ rev 10.01
APPENDIX H--Alternative Dispute Resolution
APPENDIX I - Checklist and Certification
PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING Fact Sheet
If you're interested in more information on energy efficiency in buildings, the following links may be helpful:
The U.S. Department of Energy offers advanced energy design guides on their website. The Home Builders Association of Alabama has the Energy Key Home website with information on residential building techniques.
Below are some additonal documents that may be of use to you:
A School District's Guide to Building Commissioning
The National Governor's Association's Advancing Clean Energy Report
Energy Smart Schools - Design Guide for Temperate and Humid Climates
Energy Smart Schools - Design Guide for Hot and Humid Climates
The following resources provide information on rebuilding after a hurricane:
The ENERGY STAR website is a helpful resource, as is the U.S. Energy Department's Disaster Recovery and Building Reconstruction page. There are also some PDF presentations that may interest you:
Rebuilding a Flood-Damaged Home
Home Builders Workshop
When a disaster happens, whether natural or man-made, the state activates its Emergency Operations Plan, and members of all state agencies report to the Emergency Operations Center in Clanton. Within the state's emergency plan is a section that deals with the fuel supply in the state. ADECA's Energy Division is the lead angency for that section (Emergency Support Function - 12, or "ESF-12").
As lead agency for that function, the division assists with the coordination and allocation of fuels to first responders and, if necessary, the institution of fuel rationing procedures in the event of a fuel shortage. Compliance with the National Incident Management System Compliance Assistance Support Tool (NIMSCAST) is required for all agencies involved in emergency coordination with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
The primary goal is to serve as the state point-of-contact for energy emergency and assurance. This requires coordination with various state agencies and energy industries. The energy emergency and assurance plan and procedures are used in responding to state emergencies that include energy components.
Below are some websites you may find useful regarding emergency preparedness:
Phone: (334) 242-5290