Winter 2019 Newsletter

EIA Meets with Officials in Washington, D.C.

EIA leaders met with members of Alabama’s congressional delegation and others during a recent trip to Washington. During the visit, the EIA team discussed clean, reliable, affordable energy and its importance to Alabama’s economy.

Photo: The EIA delegation met with Representative Terri Sewell, a strong advocate for Alabama’s energy industry.

Deregulation Not a Good Choice for Alabamians

Alabama’s regulated electricity marketplace has long proven a winning formula for customers, producing electric rates below the national average, delivering highly reliable power, and allowing consumers to build relationships with local companies they know and trust. As opposed to deregulated markets that spread responsibility over a range of entities, Alabama’s electric providers are accountable for generating, transmitting, and distributing electricity and have clear lines of accountability for keeping the lights on for Alabama customers.

Read more here.

Obama-Era Policies Force Steam Plant Closure

The Obama administration has ended, but job-killing environmental regulations from the forty-fourth president’s time in office are still hurting Alabama.

 Alabama Power Company announced Wednesday that the Gorgas Steam Plant in Walker County will be shuttered because of unrealistic and cost-prohibitive mandates put in place by President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. The plant, which has been operational since 1917, will cease operating its three coal-fired generating units and close April 15.

Read more in Yellowhammer.

Affiliate Spotlight:  Tenaska

 

Tenaska, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the leading independent energy companies in the United States. Forbes magazine consistently ranks Tenaska among the 50 largest private U.S. companies. Gross operating revenues were approximately $10.5 billion in 2017.

Tenaska has developed more than 10,000 megawatts (MW) of natural gas-fueled and renewable power projects. Tenaska and its affiliates have managed the acquisition of approximately 10,750 MW of energy assets. The current Tenaska operating fleet includes 11 natural gas-fueled and renewable power plants able to generate approximately 8,000 MW combined.

Tenaska affiliates are industry leaders in natural gas and electric power marketing. Tenaska Marketing Ventures (TMV) is among the top five largest natural gas marketers in North America and is the top-ranked natural gas pipeline capacity trader. TMV is consistently ranked first by its customers in the annual Mastio & Company Natural Gas Marketer Customer Value / Loyalty Benchmarking Study. During 2018, TMV sold or managed more than 10.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day. Tenaska Power Services Co. is the leading provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers in the U.S., with more third-party-owned generation under management than any other provider.

EIA Team Visits Plant Lowman

On Fri., March 1, EIA hosted a tour of PowerSouth’s coal-fired power plant, Charles R. Lowman Power Plant. The facility, located in Leroy (Washington Co.), produces approximately 538 megawatts of electricity per day.

Photo left to right: Rep. Wes Kitchens (District 27—Arab),  Jamie Waite (PowerSouth),  Sen. Andrew Jones (District 10—Centre) and the Hon. Seth Hammett (Chairman of EIA, PowerSouth).

Working Near Power Lines?

If you are working near power lines, then you must stay 10 feet away from them. Read more about this here.

Pre-Commitments Still Being Accepted for Tag

The EIA’s Thank a Lineman tag is still available for pre-commitment. So far, more than 250 individuals have registered for the only tag recognizing the contributions made on a daily basis by the state’s utility industry.

Those wanting to purchase the tag may do so by visiting the Alabama Department of Revenue website. Once the tag has received 1,000 pre-commitments, it will then go into production.

To learn more or to pre-register for the specialty tag, click here.

Mark Your Calendar

The next Energy Day will be held in Montgomery on Tues., April 9, while Thank a Lineman Day will be held in Opelika on Mon., June 3. Stay tuned for more details.