WAFF: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance recognizes Huntsville, state efforts

Regional energy group recognizes Huntsville, state efforts By Budd McLaughlin – email WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance honored Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Nexus Energy Center for their support of energy conservation and efficiency. The group cited the “Alabama Wise” home energy upgrade program. The program helps residents conserve energy while realizing the benefits of an energy-efficient home. Battle said energy is a strong economic selling point for Huntsville. Read more at...

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Huffington Post: The Quiet Revolution Behind Your Light Switch

Huffington Post: The Quiet Revolution Behind Your Light Switch

Please take a moment and read this great piece on the Huffington Post detailing how natural gas can be a cleaner and more abundant alternative for power generation in the United States from Marty Durbin at America’s Natural Gas Alliance. The Quiet Revolution Behind Your Light Switch by: Marty Durbin, America’s Natural Gas Alliance Growing use of natural gas for power generation is good news for cleaner energy, and the result is one of the greatest untold environmental stories of our time: U.S. power sector carbon emissions have been reduced to 1994 levels, and carbon emissions per capita have dropped to levels not seen since President Eisenhower left office in 1961. Similarly, emissions of sulfur dioxide and smog-forming nitrogen oxide have been reduced by more than two thirds over the past two decades. Nearly half of this reduction took place from just 2008 to 2010. This is real progress that’s happening now, and it’s due largely to power companies across the country embracing cleaner-burning natural gas. As a nation we’re concerned with protecting our environment, while also keeping our economy strong and enjoying the comforts of modern living. We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the energy that makes all of this possible. Why get into the nitty-gritty details of power generation and all that it takes to make the simple act of flipping a switch deliver the light and power that we rely upon? There’s a great story to tell, though. President Obama routinely highlights the many benefits that safely and responsibly produced natural gas is bringing to our country, including the reduction of greenhouse gases. Given all the discussion about natural gas in recent years among our nation’s leaders in government, industry and academia, we are now asking everyday Americans to join them and really think about their energy choices. And when people do that, they will see that natural gas is improving our environment, growing our economy and enhancing our energy security. Read more at the Huffington...

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RESNET: Arkansas Proposes Requirement For HERS Index Score Label On All New Homes

September 10th, 2013 – Posted by RESNET under RESNET News The Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Energy Office has announced that it will promulgate rules to update Arkansas’ residential energy code and require that all new homes in the state receive an energy rating and a HERS Index Score label. The proposed rules are designed to improve market recognition of energy efficiency. Energy ratings, which are similar to the miles-per-gallon ratings assigned to cars, would be generated by a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater. The HERS Index is a nationally recognized measurement of a home’s energy performance. To date, more than one million homes have been issued a HERS rating. “The State is proposing these changes as a consumer-driven, market-based approach that directly engages the private sector and helps create jobs,” said AEO’s Deputy Director J.D. Lowery. “Through a collaborative stakeholder process, we received input from builders, code officials, raters, utilities, realtors and appraisers that this was a direction that addresses longstanding concerns that impact code compliance and further investment in energy efficiency.” According to the South East Energy Efficiency Alliance, “Home energy rating and labeling can produce significant, cross-cutting benefits for multiple stakeholder groups. It allows consumers to fully understand the long-term costs associated with owning a home and to recoup the value of investments in energy efficiency measures through a home’s resale price. Expenditures on energy in Arkansas currently average 5.1 percent of household median income – the ninth-highest in the nation. Home energy rating and labeling directly addresses cost issues; in fact, a recent survey by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation shows that Arkansans favor home energy labeling two-to-one.” Read...

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Al.com: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Nexus Energy Center, ADECA to be recognized by Southeast energy alliance

By Lucy Berry | [email protected] HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Nexus Energy Center and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will be honored next week by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The Sept. 17 Energy Huntsville meeting, which is part of SEEA’s regional Energy Pro tour, will recognize Battle, Nexus and ADECA for their support of the Alabama WISE (Worthwhile Investments Save Energy) home energy upgrade program. The Energy Huntsville program and awards ceremony will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Click here for more details. “The city of Huntsville is very fortunate to have several companies committed to improving energy options for both residents and industry,” Battle said. “I am extremely proud of the many successes our Energy Huntsville partners, like Nexus Energy Center, have had in bringing awareness to energy programs, offering educational seminars on new technologies, and providing advocacy for policies that encourage future sustainable energy practices.” Since its launch, Alabama WISE has produced almost 1,500 audits and up to 1,100 retrofits, which have saved customers nearly $300,000 annually and provided more than $6 million in revenues to local contractors. Nexus, which operates WISE programs in Huntsville and Birmingham, is planning to expand to Tuscaloosa within the year. The Huntsville-based company has also expanded the network of in-state contractors through the Building Performance Institute. Read...

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Local ALCOA Foundation grants East Tennessee Historical Society $50K grant

Local ALCOA Foundation grants East Tennessee Historical Society $50K grant

From the Daily Times: Local ALCOA Foundation grants total $300,000 By Bob Norris | ([email protected]) ALCOA Foundation grants totaling $300,000 will go to 10 local nonprofit organizations in Blount, Knox and Sevier counties in Tennessee and Graham County, N.C., ALCOA Tennessee Operations officials said Monday. ALCOA’s Community Advisory Board, made up of 10 local businesses, community and government leaders, evaluated more than 50 grant proposals before recommending projects for ALCOA Foundation funding. Read more...

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