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.
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.
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.
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:
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