Chairman, Energy Institute of Alabama
We are fortunate in Alabama to have energy readily available to power our homes and businesses. In fact, most of us take for granted that electricity and other sources of energy will always be there to light our way, bring us comfort at home, and provide the power needed to run our businesses and industries. It hasn’t always been so. Still among us are family members who remember when they first got electricity at their home or school. The reliability, abundance, and affordability of our state’s sources of energy are the result of foresight and leadership of energy industry leaders, policymakers, and elected officials. The Energy Institute of Alabama is committed to advocating for strong energy policy that is critical to the economic growth of our state and ensuring reliable, affordable, clean energy is a priority for consumers and businesses.
As we move into the future, access to clean, affordable energy will continue to be an issue of vital importance in the halls of government and around the kitchen tables across our nation. We will endeavor to use our resources to research and report on the best, most efficient energy strategies for a 21st Century economy.
The Energy Institute of Alabama will be the best source of energy industry information that affects households across the state, from conventional energy production to alternative fuels to solar power and beyond. Our mission is 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.
Alabama House of Representatives, District 103
In South Alabama we are blessed with abundant oil, gas and other energy resources. These God-given resources provide countless jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties that go to the state to help fund many of our most important programs. Responsible stewardship and continued research and development can continue to help this industry grow and support our state in the years to come.
Southern Research, Director of Energy & Environment, Analytics and Strategic Growth
The best way to ensure a business thrives is to know what the future holds and build your business for that future. But, in the energy business, the future is rarely predictable. Robust research and development programs are ways energy companies can create their future, finding new ways to produce and deliver energy to their customers in the most economical way.
The Energy Institute of Alabama will be a reservoir of information about policies that will affect the energy sector along with the consumers and communities it serves. Finding economical and commonsense ways to advance the industry is vital to our future and keeping informed in areas such as R&D is critical. I am excited to be a part of EIA and look forward to contributing to the discussion of our energy future.
George N. Clark
President, Manufacture Alabama
Manufacturing industries in Alabama are able to thrive, in part, because of a robust and diverse energy industry. We are blessed in Alabama to have a variety of options to offer our existing and potential manufacturers when they are considering their energy needs. Manufacture Alabama is excited to be a part of the Energy Institute of Alabama and we look forward to continuing to ensure that our state is a leader when it comes to creating good-paying jobs for all Alabamians.
Gerald H. Allen
Chairman, Alabama Senate Transportation & Energy Committee
The availability of affordable and reliable energy is vital to the economic growth of the state of Alabama. We are blessed to have multiple producers of power in our state and forward-thinking managers of those businesses who work every day to keep our energy sector strong. I am pleased that the Energy Institute of Alabama is now working to provide concise information about how energy industries contribute to our economy and how policy decisions affect consumers.
EIA will be the best resource for serious, yet easily understandable research analysis on energy policy and how we are all affected by regulations considered in Montgomery, Washington and beyond. I look forward to using this new resource and sharing it with my colleagues in the Legislature.
Secretary of Commerce, State of Alabama
Alabama’s energy providers have long played a significant role in our strategic economic development efforts. The formation of the Energy Institute of Alabama will serve to coalesce these same energy partners around issues important to economic development and the job growth that comes from having competitively priced energy.
Economic Development Association of Alabama, President; Director, Economic Development, City of Opelika, Alabama
Attracting new industry and helping current businesses thrive is impossible without reliable, affordable energy. We feel blessed to have many great partners in Alabama’s energy sector who understand this. The Energy Institute of Alabama, as an advocate for economical and commonsense policy, will be a strong ally in our work helping businesses find a home in our state so that they can bring good jobs to our communities.
Businesses leaders who are considering coming to our area want fact-based information about energy sources in order to make critical decisions. The Energy Institute of Alabama will be the go-to organization for providing that kind of information. We are excited we now have such a great resource.
Chairman, Alabama House of Representatives Transportation Utilities and Infrastructure Committee
The Energy Institute of Alabama’s mission to promote reliable, affordable and clean energy to help grow our economy fits perfectly with what should be the aim of everyone in government in our state. It certainly is what I work toward every day in the Legislature. I am happy to see the EIA working to provide expert analysis on energy policies that affect all of us.
How we react to the ever-changing energy landscape in our state and nation is crucial for our citizens and for Alabamians as yet unborn. We must act based on the best information available and I believe the Energy Institute of Alabama has some of the top minds who have worked and studied the industry for decades in place to give us thoughtful, easy-to-understand information on the energy sector.
Co-chair of the Economic Development Committee of Manufacture Alabama and Director of Industrial Business Development for B.L. Harbert International
As a general contractor, the energy sector is one of the most critical components in our clients’ ability to operate their manufacturing facilities every day in the most efficient, productive way possible. We rely on a variety of energy providers for the facilities we construct and depend on them to ensure we’re continually competing globally from an economic standpoint. We are excited about the opportunity to support the Energy Institute of Alabama by highlighting the importance of the energy sector to the construction industry.
Executive Vice President, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Alabama’s ability to provide reliable energy at a competitive cost has long been one of our great advantages in economic development. We are fortunate that leaders in the energy industry are working together and focused on the challenge of meeting our state’s future energy needs – it will be critical to our continued success in recruiting companies and supporting the sustainability and expansion of existing Alabama businesses.
Steven E. Taylor, P.E.
Director, Auburn University, Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts
The formation of the Energy Institute of Alabama is an exciting development for our state. One of the most critical elements to improving economic development in Alabama is to provide sustainable and affordable sources of energy. I am confident that through the Institute, we will provide science-based information to help select the best energy sources and the most appropriate policies to encourage innovation and growth in Alabama.
Our work at Auburn University has been dedicated to providing renewable sources of energy based on the state’s forest and agricultural resources. This work has the potential to increase the economic return to Alabama farmers and forest landowners, which is a significant step in growing our local economies. The Institute, therefore, promises to be a catalyst for policy and technology development that will ultimately strengthen our state.
U.S. House of Representatives, Alabama Congressional District 7
Few things are more important to Alabama businesses — both large and small — than dependable, affordable, clean energy. Alabama is blessed with energy companies that not only provide this important service, but contribute greatly to the economic well-being of our state. As the U.S. Representative for the 7th Congressional District of Alabama, I am proud to work together with the Energy Institute of Alabama to grow this critical industry in the years to come while advocating for clean energy policies that will allow the industry to continue to provide good-paying jobs for all Alabamians.