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Browns Ferry Nuclear Reactor to restart in May

First reactor to come online in the US in over ten years

Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 1, shut down by the TVA in 1985, will restart next month. Units 2 and 3 were brought back online in the 1990s. TVA may also activate two new reactors at Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant (mothballed before it ever opened) in northeast Alabama.

Looks like Alabama will be at the forefront of an increase in the production of nuclear power around the country.

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Alabama exports electricity to other states

Alabama produces 55 percent more electricity than it uses, with the excess powering other areas in the South. Surrounding states Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee import electricity to meet their needs.

Coal accounts for 57% of electricity generated in Alabama, nuclear 23%, natural gas 10%, hydroelectric 7% and other sources the remaining 3%.

I wonder how long those coal reserves will last...

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Riley task force to draft statewide energy policy

Governor wants conservation and renewables included

Governor Riley convened a state task force earlier this year to draft a statewide energy policy. He believes that Alabama could reduce electricity usage and build fewer power plants with conservation and the use of renewable energy sources.

Riley already ordered state buildings to reduce electricity consumption by 20 percent by the end of 2010, and pledged the state to use 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.

Kudos to Governor Riley for getting the ball rolling toward developing an energy policy for the state. Hopefully, he can get it in place and begin the hard work it will take to get Alabama businesses and citizens to conserve energy and use renewable sources.

Birmingham News blog: Riley takes steps toward statewide energy policy

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I've known this for a long time now. Having both Alabama Power, TVA, and a number of electricity co-ops in this state has been good since it offers some consumers a variety. However, since we are not growing like Georgia, we obviously produce way too much energy for a state of only 4.5 million inhabitants. Riley is wise to be thinking of a way for us down the road to manage our energy consumption because we could easily be in the same situation as Georgia buy energy from another place in a couple of years.

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In a state-by-state comparison by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Alabama tied with Missouri for 46th place in energy efficiency. Mississippi, the Dakotas and Wyoming were the bottom four states.

Unfortunately, our state elected leaders are doing very little to encourage energy efficiency.

Mobile Press-Register: Alabama near bottom in energy efficiency

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In a state-by-state comparison by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Alabama tied with Missouri for 46th place in energy efficiency. Mississippi, the Dakotas and Wyoming were the bottom four states.

Unfortunately, our state elected leaders are doing very little to encourage energy efficiency.

Mobile Press-Register: Alabama near bottom in energy efficiency

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The first meeting of the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy took place Tuesday, with members including representatives from energy companies, private businesses and energy experts in various fields. The committee is developing a state energy plan to encourage diverse energy uses, greater efficiency and conservation, and to submit recommendations on developing an alternative fuel market.

Alternative energy providers made suggestions, including implementing state tax incentives to install geothermal units and removing barriers, such as zoning that prevents solar collectors from being installed on rooftops.

With the legislature and the governor's office now working on this, maybe something will actually get done, finally.

Mobile Press-Register: Energy panel members focus on alternative fuels

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