ENERGY STAR Challenge Participant Story
Date Joined: December 06, 2005
The State of Alabama is committed to improving the energy efficiency of government and educational facilities throughout the state. The state has a Local Government Energy Loan Program (LGELP) which provides low-cost revolving loans for energy efficiency projects undertaken by local governments in rural areas. Public schools in rural areas are also eligible and are encouraged to participate in this program.
In partnership with EPA, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is supporting the ENERGY STAR Challenge through its Science, Technology and Energy Division by:
- Educating other government agencies and schools throughout the state on the financial and environmental benefits of improving energy efficiency;
- Providing training to schools and governments on using ENERGY STAR tools to help schools and governments measure their energy use and identify buildings that offer the greatest opportunity for improvement;
- Recognizing organizations in Alabama that achieve energy efficiency improvements of 10, 20, or 30 percent or more in conjunction with EPA;
- Maintaining programs in the areas of residential and commercial building energy codes, agriculture energy, energy education, recycling, renewable fuels, performance contracting, and alternative fuel vehicles; and
- Working collaboratively with states participating in the Southeast Rebuild Collaborative, an effort by AL, FL, GA, MS and SC to promote energy efficiency in commercial buildings.