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Energy Alabama to Study Strategies on Developing Advanced Energy Economy

Energy Alabama, formerly known as the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, has received a federal grant.

by Lucy Berry, Alabama Media Group, Birmingham / February 3, 2017

(TNS) -- A North Alabama nonprofit is the recipient of a $77,680 federal grant to study strategies to develop an advanced energy economy with an emphasis on coal-impacted communities.

Energy Alabama, founded in 2014 by CEO Daniel Tait, will use the technical assistance grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to identify the advanced energy industry of the coal-impacted areas and jobs within that industry. The organization will also seek workforce training resources from local community colleges and career placement to assist unemployed workers in the advanced energy sector.

"The project will also support stakeholder engagement to explore and harness additional careers in sectors such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship, healthcare and information technology," the nonprofit said in a statement.

Energy Alabama, formerly known as the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, works with policy makers, public and civic organizations, governments, educational institutions, utility companies and businesses to achieve 100-percent clean, sustainable energy throughout the state. The nonprofit is a partner on West Alabama Works' $1.5 million ARC grant, which is being used to develop plans to speed the adoption of sustainable energy in the state's automotive industry.

Energy Alabama will host a free Energy Benchmarking event Feb. 7 at Avion Solutions on Research Drive in Huntsville to help local religious organizations save money on their utility bills. Businesses will also be able to identify potential projects that are eligible for Energy Star certification.

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