AMEA and its members kick off 2020 Scholarship Program

Will you be graduating from high school in the spring of 2020? Do you receive your electricity from a pub- lic power utility in Alabama? Then if your answer to these questions is “yes,” you could be eligible to receive a scholarship from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and its 11 Member cities/utilities. AMEA and its Members will make available 44, $2,500 scholarships (4 scholarships per Member city) in 2020.

Since 1992, AMEA has awarded over $2.5 million in scholarship monies to graduating high school seniors who receive their electric service from AMEA Members, including Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley (Riviera Utilities), LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

To be eligible for an AMEA scholarship, a student’s parent and/or legal guardian must receive electric serv- ice from an AMEA Member utility, and the student must attend a four-year college/university, community college, and/or vocational/trade school within the state of Alabama.

Applications are currently available from school counselors in these Member cities, or you can go online to the AMEA web site, www.amea.com, Scholarship. Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

For more information on the program, contact your school counselor or Pamela Poole, AMEA Scholarship Program Coordinator, (334) 387-3504, (800) 239-2632, Ext. 1110, or pam@amea.com.

AMEA, a joint action agency formed in 1981 and located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga, and Tuskegee.

Alabama Municipal Electric Authority announces 100 MW Solar PPA with Lightsource BP

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and Lightsource BP announced today the development of a 130 MWDC / 100 MWAC solar energy project in Montgomery County, Alabama. Lightsource BP will finance, develop, build, own, and operate the solar facility and will deliver energy to AMEA under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The project, situated 15 miles from AMEA’s headquarters in Montgomery, will supply clean energy to AMEA’s 11 Member utilities located across the state and will generate enough electricity to power more than 20,000 homes.

“AMEA is excited to bring cost-effective, locally-sourced solar energy to our Member communities,” said Fred Clark, President & CEO of AMEA. “We evaluated solar projects across the Southeast and were fortunate to partner on a great project with Lightsource BP right here in our own backyard. We’re extremely pleased to bring this project to Montgomery County and to the state of Alabama.”

The project will be one of the largest solar arrays in Alabama when it reaches completion in 2021, deploying over 350,000 solar panels across 800 acres. Lightsource BP and project investors will invest approximately $125 million into the solar facility. In addition to providing clean energy and bill savings to AMEA’s Members and their customers, the project will contribute over $5 million in property tax revenue to county schools over the 35-year project life.

“I am grateful that another company is investing significantly in Montgomery,” said Montgomery County Commission Chair Elton Dean. “This project will provide considerable support to Montgomery County schools, dollars the school systems otherwise would not receive. This is a major economic development project for the rural part of our county and will bring in a strong corporate partner in Lightsource BP.”

“The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce commends AMEA on this groundbreaking endeavor,” said Willie Durham, 2019 Chairman of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. “Innovative collaborations among public and private sector partners like this in Montgomery will power business and economic prosperity in the region for years to come.”

With this announcement, Lightsource BP highlights its commitment to structuring creative, highly-customized solar energy solutions for its municipal and cooperative utility partners. In addition to this project in Alabama, Lightsource BP has executed solar power purchase agreements with other public agencies across the U.S., including the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, Mid-Kansas Electric Company, and Pennsylvania State University.

“AMEA and Montgomery County have been excellent partners for Lightsource BP, and we look forward to our continued collaboration as we bring this exciting project online in the coming years,” said Kevin Smith, Chief Executive Officer (Americas) of Lightsource BP. “Alabama offers tremendous potential for large-scale solar, and our efforts here underscore the exciting opportunity to develop clean, low-cost, and low-impact renewable energy in the region. We applaud AMEA for taking the lead in delivering the many benefits of solar energy to its customers.”

While the facility will be AMEA’s largest solar project to date, it is not the organization’s first. The electric authority is currently in the process of installing 50 kW solar research projects in each of its Member communities and has completed eight so far. AMEA has been studying solar energy since 2016 when it completed its initial 50 kW solar research facility immediately adjacent to its headquarters.

 

About AMEA
The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority is a publicly-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that provides low-cost, reliable power to its 11 Member municipal utilities across Alabama. Established in 1981, AMEA is a coalition of municipal electric utilities that provide power to the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga, and Tuskegee. AMEA’s mission is to provide its Member communities with a reliable and economical source of electric power, enabling them to preserve and enhance the benefits of municipal utility ownership for their citizens and the electric customers they serve. For more information, visit www.amea.com.

About Lightsource BP
Lightsource BP is an independent, global leader in the development, construction, and long-term management of utility-scale solar projects. Established in 2010, Lightsource BP has quickly become one of the largest solar developers in the world with over 2 GW of solar power plants under management. Through its integrated development platform, structured finance capabilities, in-house engineering team, and dedicated O&M division, Lightsource BP plays a pivotal role in driving the future global energy mix. The company boasts some of the leading talent in the industry, with a team of over 300 specialists in 16 offices across four continents. For more information, visit www.lightsourcebp.com.

Two AMEA Members recognized for exceptional electric reliability

The City of Lanett Electric Department and Riviera Utilities have received national recognition for achiev- ing exceptional electric reliability in 2018. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned elec- tric utilities.

Both AMEA Membera were presented Certificates of Excellence in Reliability at the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) Power Supply Conference President’s Awards Dinner on April 18 in Point Clear. This is the fourth year the City of Lanett Electric Department has been recognized.

APPA helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

AMEA, the wholesale power provider for Lanett and Riviera Utilities, as well as nine (9) other public power utilities in Alabama, began providing each Member utility free access to this software application several years ago.

“This recognition helps demonstrate public power’s commitment to reliable electric service,” said Michael Hyland, Senior Vice President of Engineering Services, APPA. “Community-owned electric utilities have a strong track record of reliability.”

AMEA’s Member cities include Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley (Riviera Utilities), LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga, and Tuskegee.

Baker honored with 2019 AMEA President’s Award

Dale H. Baker, chairman of the Sylacauga Utilities Board and a member of the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) Board of Directors, was the recipient of the AMEA 2019 President’s Award on Thursday, April 18 during the AMEA President’s Awards Dinner in Point Clear, AL. The event was held in conjunction with the 2019 AMEA Power Supply Conference, April 18 and 19.

The award honors individuals who played a key role in the formation of AMEA and is presented in recog- nition of their continued leadership and dedication to the organization.

“Due to Dale’s leadership and commitment to public power, AMEA has become a valued partner in Alabama’s electric utility community,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO.

Baker has served as chairman of the Sylacauga Utilities Board since 2009 and he has served on the Board for the past 13 years. He has represented Sylacauga on the AMEA Board of Directors since February 2009. He served on AMEA’s first Election Committee in 1981 and continued his service on that committee until 1997. Baker was instrumental in the formation of AMEA and the passage of the enabling legislation that established AMEA in 1981 as a public corporation to provide dependable, economical electric power and other services for the Member cities.

Past recipients of the AMEA President’s Award include the late Robert D. Thorington, Clifford A. Lanier, Jr., Robert W. Claussen, H. Sewell St. John, Jr., Robert H. Young, Jr., Steven Stein, Bilee Cauley, Joe Rex Sport, Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford, James P. Nix, Don Clements and W. Stanley Gregory.

AMEA, a joint action agency located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga, and Tuskegee.

AMEA and its Members announce 2019 scholarship winners

Forty-four (44) high school seniors will enroll in a four-year college/university, community col- lege, and/or vocational school in Alabama this year with help from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and its 11 Members through the 2019 AMEA Scholarship Program.

Each of the 44 scholarship recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship for a total of $110,000 awarded in this year’s program. AMEA received 206 scholarship applications in the 2019 pro- gram.

Since 1992, AMEA and its Members have provided over $2.5 million in scholarships to the grad- uating high school seniors who receive their electric service from AMEA Members, including Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Riviera Utilities (Foley), Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

To be eligible for the AMEA scholarships, a student’s family must receive electric service from an AMEA Member city electric utility and the student must attend an Alabama college/university or vocational school.

“We take our role as a good corporate citizen seriously,” said Fred D. Clark, Jr., AMEA President & CEO. “That’s why we, along with our Members, support education initiatives, like the AMEA Scholarship Program, that contribute to making our state economically competitive. We congrat- ulate this year’s scholarship winners.”

 

This year’s AMEA Academic Scholarship recipients are:

Margaret Hollis Harvey, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City Faith Imani McClendon, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City Dylan Scott Riley, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City Lauren Mackenzie Watts, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City Margaret Holley Crim, Providence Christian School, Dothan

Micah Samuel Dorsey, Providence Christian School, Dothan William Lovard Lee, V, Houston Academy, Dothan

Jonathan Edward Strickland, Ridgecrest Christian School, Dothan Erica Elizabeth Kercher, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Claire Olivia Klumpp, Fairhope High School, Fairhope Andrew Paul Yingst, Fairhope High School, Fairhope Gordon Kaydon Mills, Daphne High School, Riviera Utilities John Declan Mulkerne, Daphne High School, Riviera Utilities

Cassidy Noelle Schneider, Spanish Fort High School, Riviera Utilities Savannah Grace Street, Fairhope High School, Riviera Utilities Krineisha Zy’Kia Daniel, LaFayette High School, LaFayette

Aerial Latreice Holloway, LaFayette High School, LaFayette Mary Tate Reese, Chambers Academy, LaFayette

Me’Kevion Sandrago Shealey, LaFayette High School, LaFayette Tairrque Roquawn Baker, Lanett High School, Lanett

Areyonna Shameshia James, Lanett High School, Lanett Princess Shardae Mallory, Lanett High School, Lanett Mitchum Grady Smith, Springwood School, Lanett

Callie Elizabeth Armstrong, Luverne High School, Luverne Haley Alexis Barnes, Brantley High School, Luverne

John Tobey Powell, Luverne High School, Luverne Hayden Bryant Rushing, Luverne High School, Luverne Katherine Ann Dudley, Lee-Scott Academy, Opelika Caroline Richie Hawkins, Opelika High School, Opelika

Thomas Whittaker Krehling, Opelika High School, Opelika Jacob Hamilton Walker, Opelika High School, Opelika Tristan Charles Donaldson, Piedmont High School, Piedmont Tyler James Farmer, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Alexis BreeAnn Jenkins, Piedmont High School, Piedmont Erin Olivia McCord, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Payton Nicole Barnett, B.B. Comer Memorial High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

Zackery Lee Elliff, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

Leslie Paige Hemby, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

Nichole Alexandrea McNeill, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board Avery Dawn Johnson, Macon East Academy, Utilities Board of Tuskegee JaMyia Thelma McNeil, Booker T. Washington High School, Utilities Board of Tuskegee

This year’s AMEA Vocational School Scholarship recipients include:

Madelyn Grace Banks, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Abrewon Semaj De’Mona Lewis, Booker T. Washington High School, Utilities Board of Tuskegee

Ty’Rique K. Stinson, Booker T. Washington High School, Utilities Board of Tuskegee

AMEA and City of Alexander City dedicate Solar Research Project

The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA), in partnership with the City of Alexander City, will dedicate a new 50-KW solar research project in the City of Alexander City on Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m. The AMEA-City of Alexander City Solar Research Project is located at 1635 Dadeville Road. The project was completed in February.

“We are proud of the new solar research project in Alexander City as part of our effort to enhance renew- able energy in our portfolio,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO. “We want to thank the City of Alexander City for its leadership and partnership in this endeavor.”

In conjunction with the solar research initiative, AMEA has been exploring and researching best practices in community solar parks in partnership with AMEA’s Member cities, including the City of Alexander City.

The AMEA Board of Directors approved a $1 million investment to construct one solar research project in each Member city for a total of 11 projects, Clark added. AMEA has dedicated similar-size solar research projects in Dothan, Foley, Luverne, Opelika, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce will also conduct a ribbon cutting as part of the day’s activities.

AMEA, located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley (Riviera Utilities), LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga, and Tuskegee.

AMEA, Sylacauga and Foley dedicate Solar Research Projects

The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA), in partnership with the Sylacauga Utilities Board, the City of Foley and Riviera Utilities, dedicated new 50-KW solar research projects in those cities on Sept. 18 and 24.

The AMEA/Sylacauga Utilities Board Solar Research Project is located at 304 W. Highland Avenue in Sylacauga. The AMEA/City of Foley/Riviera Utilities Solar Research Project is located at E. 100 Section Avenue (Alabama Highway 59) in Foley. The projects were completed in August.

“We are proud of these two new solar research projects as part of our effort to enhance renewable energy in our portfolio,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO. “We want to thank Sylacauga Utilities Board, the City of Foley and Riviera Utilities for their leadership and partnership in this endeavor.”

In conjunction with the solar research initiative, AMEA has been exploring and researching best practices in community solar parks in partnership with AMEA’s Member cities.

The AMEA Board of Directors approved a $1 million investment to construct one solar research project in each Member city for a total of 11 projects, Clark added. Similar-size projects have also been dedicated in Dothan, Luverne, Opelika and Tuskegee.

The Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, as well as the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, conducted ribbon cuttings during both days’ activities.

AMEA, located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley (Riviera Utilities), LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

AMEA and its members kick off 2019 Scholarship Program

Will you be graduating from high school in the spring of 2019? Do you receive your electricity from a pub- lic power utility in Alabama? Then if your answer to these questions is “yes,” you could be eligible to receive a scholarship from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and its 11 Member cities/utilities. AMEA and its Members will make available 44, $2,500 scholarships (4 scholarships per Member city) in 2019.

Since 1992, AMEA has awarded over $2 million in scholarship monies to graduating high school seniors who receive their electric service from AMEA Members, including Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley (Riviera Utilities), LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

To be eligible for an AMEA scholarship, a student’s parent and/or legal guardian must receive electric serv- ice from an AMEA Member utility, and the student must attend a four-year college/university, community college, and/or vocational/trade school within the state of Alabama.

Applications are currently available from school counselors in these Member cities, or you can go online to the AMEA web site, www.amea.com, Scholarship. Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. For more information on the program, contact your school counselor or Pamela Poole, AMEA Scholarship Program Coordinator, (334) 387-3504, (800) 239-2632, Ext. 110, or pam@amea.com.

AMEA, a joint action agency formed in 1981 and located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

Clark honored with Wendell Cauley Award

In recognition of his longstanding commitment and dedication to public power, Fred D. Clark, Jr., President & CEO, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA), has been presented the W. Wendell Cauley Award by Electric Cities of Alabama (ECA).

Jonathan Hand, ECA Executive Director, and Bilee Cauley, the wife of the late Wendell Cauley, presented Clark with the prestigious award during the association’s 19th Annual Meeting and Governmental Affairs Conference this week. Named after longtime legal counsel and friend to ECA and public power, the W. Wendell Cauley Award is given each year to an individual who has contributed significantly to the success of ECA and continues to work for the success and advancement of public power.

Clark served as ECA’s first executive director from 1999 until 2006. During his tenure at ECA, he also established the Alabama Public Utilities Alliance, a state legislative monitoring service for Alabama’s pub- lic utilities. Over the past 25 years, Clark has been involved with energy policy development and advoca- cy.

ECA represents a coalition of 36 municipally-owned electric utilities that serve more than one million cus- tomers statewide.

AMEA, a joint action agency formed in 1981 and located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

AMEA, Opelika and Tuskegee dedicate Solar Research Projects

The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA), in partnership with the City of Opelika and Opelika Power Services (OPS), as well as the City of Tuskegee and the Utilities Board of Tuskegee (UBT), dedicated new 50-KW solar research projects in those cities on June 26 and 27.

The Opelika project is located at 400 Fox Run Parkway (in front of the OPS headquarters).The Tuskegee project is located at 48 Alabama Highway 199 (across from Moten Field). The projects were completed in May.

“We are proud of these two new solar research projects as part of our effort to enhance renewable energy in our portfolio,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO. “We want to thank Opelika and Tuskegee for their leadership and partnership in this endeavor.”

In conjunction with the solar research initiative, AMEA has been exploring and researching best practices in community solar parks in partnership with AMEA’s Member cities.

The AMEA Board of Directors approved a $1 million investment to construct one solar research project in each Member city for a total of 11 projects, Clark added. Similar-size projects have also been dedicated in Dothan and Luverne.

The Opelika Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce, conducted rib- bon cuttings during both days’ activities.

AMEA, located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley (Riviera Utilities), LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga, and Tuskegee.