The Alabama Environmental Council will host its third POWER-UP Energy Forum on Wednesday, February 25th at Birmingham Southern College from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM. POWER-UP addresses energy issues affecting Alabama with local and regional representatives. POWER-UP stands for Promoting Our Wise, Efficient, Renewable Use of Power. This year’s theme is “Energy: Renewable & Efficient + Reliable & Economical.” The event is open to the public.
“Past year’s events have provided a great opportunity to have a conversation about Alabama’s energy future, and I’m excited about this year’s panelists,” said Michael Churchman, executive director of the Alabama Environmental Council. “There is so much growth around efficiency, renewables and planning for the future across the Southeast, and we are excited to bring that conversation to Alabama.”
POWER-UP is an open, public forum about energy in Alabama. Conversations will center on efficiency and conservation, alternatives, renewables and a transparent process for stakeholders to provide input in choosing and planning for Alabama’s energy future. Local, regional and national speakers will provide perspectives about what is working across the Southeast and what opportunities exist for Alabama. There also will be time for conversation and interaction among panelists and participants.
Shan Aurora is keynote speaker for the day and is Policy Programs Manager for Southface in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the Project Manager for GeorgiaEnergyData.org, Southface’s initiative to deliver unique maps, charts, and tables that allow users to easily understand Georgia’s energy consumption, electricity generation and solar assets. Shan also manages Southface’s Clean Energy Industry Census project to quantify the economic benefits of Georgia’s clean energy sector. He is working with partners in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to build upon the Census and create a four-state Clean Energy Roadmap that will provide guidance on how to grow the region’s clean energy industry. Other panelists include regionally-regarded individuals who focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Alabama and the Southeast.
About the Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) protects Alabama’s environment through advocacy, education, & preservation. The AEC is a solution-oriented organization that encourages industries, communities and individuals to engage in responsible and sustainable energy production and consumption. The AEC seeks to initiate action, promote leadership and provide powerful grassroots support. For more information, visit www.aeconline.org.