AEC POWER-UP Energy Forum to Honor AL Conservation Award Winners

The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) is holding its fourth POWER-UP Energy Forum in the Norton Campus Center Great Hall at Birmingham-Southern College Tuesday, February 23rd from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For the first time, POWER-UP is announcing energy conservation winners in Residential, Commercial, and Educational categories.


“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,” explained AEC Executive Director Michael Churchman. “We don’t just want to talk about all the good news happening in Alabama related to renewable energy and energy efficiency without identifying those seeing results.”

These year’s Conservation Award winners include:

  •     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 as well as 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 will be participating in a panel discussion and Q&A regarding “Producing and consuming electricity in a carbon-constrained future.” Other panels will discuss “View from Customers – Solar and Energy Efficiency” and “View from Solar and Energy Efficiency professionals – for large and small consumers.”

POWER-UP (Promoting Our Wise, Efficient, Renewable Use of Power) Energy Forum was first hosted at the Birmingham Public Library in 2012. This Forum is open to the public and students are encouraged to attend. Registration and more information is available on the website: and includes an After-Hours Social from 4:30-6:00 on BSC campus.

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