Spring 2019 Newsletter

Our Mission:

To promote reliable, affordable, and clean energy to help grow our economy, create high-paying jobs, and build public support for Alabama’s energy industry.

Lawmakers Focus on Critical Issues at Energy Day

More than 150 lawmakers, public officials and industry leaders gathered Tuesday at the State Capitol for Alabama’s third annual Energy Day. Hosted by the Energy Institute of Alabama, Energy Day attendees gained a national perspective on energy issues from Rick Dearborn and Marshall Macomber. Dearborn is a senior policy advisor for Adams and Reese, LLP, and Macomber is president of ThinkP3, specializing in public/private partnerships. Senator Cam Ward and Representative April Weaver chaired the event.

Governor Kay Ivey greeted the group and emphasized the vital role the energy industry plays in Alabama’s economy.

Dearborn advised the group of President Donald Trump’s plan to sign an executive order to limit states’ ability to block the development of gas pipelines. Trump signed the order later that day. In a wide-ranging discussion and question-and-answer session, Dearborn and Macomber discussed efficiency technologies, a transportation sector overview and a look inside the Department of Energy.

EIA Chairman Seth Hammett commended lawmakers for their participation in Energy Day and for their commitment to awareness of the issues affecting the industry. “Many issues compete for the attention of members of the House and Senate while in session,” Hammett said. “Energy Day gives our legislators exposure to critical information in a concise timeframe.”

 

     

 

Left Photo: EIA Chairman Seth Hammett welcomes Gov. Kay Ivey to the podium.

Right Photo: Marshall Macomber (seated) and Rick Dearborn (standing) provide an overview of energy issues from a national perspective.

Sen. Cam Ward Receives Leadership Award

Sen. Cam ward has been named as EIA’s Legislative Leader of the Year. The recognition took place during the association’s Energy Day.

“Sen. Ward has worked tirelessly on behalf of the state’s entire industry sector to further our mission of clean, reliable and affordable energy for citizens and businesses alike,” said EIA Chairman Seth Hammett.

In Alabama, he is chairman of the Joint Oversight for Energy Policy Committee and serves on the Transportation and Energy Committee.

Nationally, Sen. Ward served as chairman of the U.S./Canada Energy Council’s Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research (CLEER); serves on the Southern States Energy Board; and is the former chairman of the National Conference for State Legislators Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee.

 

Photo: EIA Executive Director Blake Hardwich and EIA Chairman Seth Hammett present Sen. Cam Ward with the Legislative Leadership Award.

Lineman Appreciation Day Set for June 3

The Energy Institute of Alabama will honor linemen and other utility professionals at its upcoming Lineman Appreciation Day on Monday, June 3, in Opelika. The event pays tribute to the critical role linemen and utility workers play in ensuring Alabama residents have reliable and safe electricity to power their homes and businesses. EIA’s Outstanding Service Award, recognizing a lineman or utility professional who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, will be awarded at the event.

To nominate a lineman or utility professional, send an email describing the nominee’s outstanding service to blake@energyinstituteal.org by Friday, May 17.