AMEA and its Members announce 2022 scholarship winners

Forty (40) high school seniors will enroll in a four-year college/university, community college, and/or vocational school in Alabama this year with help from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and its Members through the 2022 AMEA Scholarship Program.

Each of the 40 scholarship recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship for a total of $100,000 awarded in this year’s program. AMEA received 156 scholarship applications in the 2022 program.

Since 1992, AMEA and its Members have provided over $3 million in scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who receive their electric service from AMEA Members.

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 congratulate this year’s scholarship winners.”

This year’s AMEA Academic Scholarship recipients are:

Parker Reid Daughtry, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City

Taylor Dean Harris, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City

Katelyn Summer Henderson, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City

Audrey Rose Owens, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City

Callie Olivia Anderson, Providence Christian School, Dothan

Larrison Grace Everett, Providence Christian School, Dothan

Charlie Thomas Malugen, Northside Methodist Academy, Dothan

Cassidy Leigh Perry, Ridgecrest Christian School, Dothan

Brooklynn Nicole Bailey, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Madisyn Elizabeth Eddins, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Reese Adam Houck, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Molly Quinn McPherson, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Ella Lauren Caldwell, Spanish Fort High School, Riviera Utilities

Ethan Grae Ferguson, Spanish Fort High School, Riviera Utilities

Galey Patricia McKelvain, Fairhope High School, Riviera Utilities

NyAsia Shanylia Chambers, LaFayette High School, LaFayette

John Robert Ramirez, Chambers Academy, LaFayette

Mattie Lee Reese, Chambers Academy, LaFayette

Madison La’Jai Davis, Lanett High School, Lanett

Jesilyn Marie Mabrey, Springwood School, Lanett

Ethan James Plank, Springwood School, Lanett

Minseong Cha, Luverne High School, Luverne

KeeShaun Kareem Glanton, Luverne High School, Luverne

Abby Leigh Whiddon, Crenshaw Christian Academy, Luverne

Hannah Grace Blackstock, Trinity Christian School, Opelika

Georgia Lorainne Duncan, Trinity Christian School, Opelika

Kerry Louisa Nell, Trinity Christian School, Opelika

Orah Makai Preston, Opelika High School, Opelika

Emily Faith Farmer, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Dawson Blake Morrison, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

William Perry Austin, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

Katlyn Lee Boozer, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

Emma Grace Hopkins, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

Caroline Leigh Hudgins, B.B. Comer Memorial High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board


This year’s AMEA Community College, and/or Vocational/Trade School  Scholarship recipients include:

Josiah Michael Gardner, Baldwin County Virtual School, Riviera Utilities

Ariana Rene Story, LaFayette High School, LaFayette

Bobby Lee Moore, Lanett High School, Lanett

Aniyah Elese’ McGhee-Burnett, Luverne High School, Luverne

Cayla LeeAnn Parris, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Emilee Lynn Parris, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

 

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

Lightsource bp Closes $100 Million Financing on One of the Largest Solar Projects in Alabama

Lightsource bp has successfully closed on a $100 million financing package for its 130 megawatt (MWdc) Black Bear Solar energy project in Montgomery County, Alabama. When complete, Black Bear will meaningfully contribute to Alabama’s cumulative utility-scale solar capacity.

The tax equity investment for the project was secured from Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank. Debt for the project was provided by Banco Santander, one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization, headquartered in Spain, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), a top-tier global financial group headquartered in Tokyo. The balance of the equity requirements will be invested by Lightsource bp.

Kevin Smith, CEO of the Americas, Lightsource bp: “This project demonstrates the positive impacts that result from partnerships with shared goals to reduce carbon emissions, deliver affordable electricity, create jobs and contribute to local communities. It’s also a testament to the cost-effectiveness and bankability of solar energy that world-class lenders are supporting this project, and that AMEA has agreed to purchase the electricity on a long-term basis to the substantial benefit of its members.”

The power contract secured with Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) played a critical role in enabling investment and financing of this new energy infrastructure for Alabama. AMEA, 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.

Fred Clark, President & CEO, AMEA: “AMEA is excited about our partnership with Lightsource bp. This large scale solar project will help diversify AMEA’s fuel resources, and will continue to provide low-cost electricity to our Members’ customers.”

Situated 15 miles from AMEA’s headquarters in Montgomery, Black Bear Solar will supply cost-effective, locally sourced, sustainable electricity to AMEA’s 11 Member utilities located across the state. In addition to providing clean energy and bill savings to AMEA’s Members and their customers, the project will contribute almost $7 million in property tax revenue to county schools over the first 35 years of the project life.

AMEA honors Members for 40 years of partnership and support

The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) honored its 11 Members for their 40 years of partnership and support during the joint action agency’s awards luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 2.

AMEA recognized Members during the event with a special award. AMEA also honored those founding leaders and partners who were instrumental in the formation of the organization.

“Because of the vision, leadership and support of our Members throughout the past 40 years, AMEA has become a valued partner in Alabama’s electric utility community,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO. “AMEA continues to be a reliable and economical power supplier for its Members. Members are committed more than ever to Joint Action as they are benefiting from AMEA’s power supply initiatives, resources, and selected value-added programs and services.”

AMEA, 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 honors Governor Ivey with Excellence in Leadership Award

The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) has awarded Governor Kay Ivey with the Excellence in Leadership Award for her unwavering commitment and dedication to the state of Alabama.

“Governor Ivey has served and continues to serve our state with honor and integrity,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO. “Today, we honor her tremendous accomplishments and successes as she continues to lead our great state with steadfastness, perseverance and determination.”

From Rebuild Alabama to the state’s tremendous economic development accomplishments showcasing our strong workforce, to achieving the state’s lowest unemployment rate, to the challenges of the COVID pandemic, Governor Ivey continues to be a trailblazer for our state.

“We thank Governor Ivey for her tireless efforts as she and her team navigate one of the most challenging years in our state’s history,” Clark added. “We are extremely proud of Governor Ivey and feel she is most deserving of the AMEA Excellence in Leadership Award.”

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 photo (L to R): Lisa Miller, Manager of Communications and Economic Development, AMEA; Mayor Gary Fuller of Opelika, chairman, AMEA Board of Directors; Governor Ivey; Fred Clark, President & CEO, AMEA; and Jonathan Hand, Executive Director, Electric Cities of Alabama.

AMEA and its members kick off 2022 scholarship program

Will you be graduating from high school in the spring of 2022? 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 Member cities/util- ities. AMEA and its Members will make available 44, $2,500 scholarships (4 scholarships per Member city) in 2022.

Since 1992, AMEA has awarded over $3 million in scholarship monies to graduating high school seniors who receive their electric service from AMEA Members.

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 AMEA Member cities, or you can go online to the AMEA web site, www.amea.com, Scholarship. Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 14, 2022.

For more information on the program, contact your school counselor or Pamela Poole, AMEA Scholarship 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.

AMEA Salutes Alabama’s Linemen

Without them, we’d be sitting in the dark, freezing cold or unbearably hot. We wouldn’t be able to charge our cell phones, make our morning coffee, use our computers or watch our favorite sporting event on TV. When we’re safe in our homes amidst a big storm, they’re braving the weather to do their work. And when there’s an electrical emergency, they are the first responders who risk their own lives to serve our communities. They are the lineworkers who power America.

Alabama Lineman Appreciation Day is celebrated annually to recognize these unsung heroes on the first Monday of June, as designated by the Alabama Legislature in 2014. This year’s observance is Monday, June 7.

The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) salutes the sacrifices and hard work of the dedicated linemen who continue to keep the lights on in its 11 Member communities.

“The job of a lineman is absolutely essential, both to Alabama’s economy and our way of life,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO. “It’s a job that can be quite unpredictable and — as a result — requires a unique combination of strength, coordination and problem solving in order to be successful in carrying out the job of providing safe, reliable electricity.”

AMEA, a joint action agency formed in 1981, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, including the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

AMEA and its Members announce 2021 scholarship winners

Forty (40) high school seniors will enroll in a four-year college/university, community college, and/or vocational school in Alabama this year with help from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and its Members through the 2021 AMEA Scholarship Program.

Each of the 40 scholarship recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship for a total of $100,000 awarded in this year’s program. AMEA received 178 scholarship applications in the 2021 program.

Since 1992, AMEA and its Members have provided over $2.5 million in scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who receive their electric service from AMEA Members.

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 congratulate this year’s scholarship winners.”

This year’s AMEA Academic Scholarship recipients are:
Cassiopeia Zahra Childress, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City
Macy McCall Daniel, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City
Robert Spencer Gilliland, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City
Bexley McClellan Knight, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City
Leah Kathryn Dorsey, Providence Christian School, Dothan
Carrie Elaine Smith, Dothan High School, Dothan
Samantha Lee Turnham, Providence Christian School, Dothan
Henry Jennings Walworth, Houston Academy, Dothan
Annalyn Rebecca Duke, Fairhope High School, Fairhope
Laney Elizabeth Haas, Fairhope High School, Fairhope
Isabella Grace Myrick, Fairhope High School, Fairhope
John Murray Wallace, Fairhope High School, Fairhope
Ariana Grace Crepeau, Foley High School, Riviera Utilities
Oliver Emerson Sinclair, Jr., Spanish Fort High School, Riviera Utilities
Thomas Griffin Smith, Fairhope High School, Riviera Utilities
Dean Morgan Sheffield, Chambers Academy, LaFayette
Vakiya Shaderranique Story, LaFayette High School, LaFayette
Sabrya Zabrion Davidson, Lanett High School, Lanett
Courtney Claire Easlick, Springwood School, Lanett
Caroline Camille Kambeitz, Springwood School, Lanett
Lucille Ray Spivey, Springwood School, Lanett
William Patrick Davis, Luverne High School, Luverne
Lillian Grace Marchand, Luverne High School, Luverne
Felicity Madison Reynolds, Luverne High School, Luverne
John Daniel Tranum, Crenshaw Christian Academy, Luverne
Laura Tyson Daffin, Opelika High School, Opelika
Nicholas Garrett Fitzwater, Opelika High School, Opelika
Braxton Asenath Harris, Opelika High School, Opelika
Leighanna Virginia Howell, Opelika High School, Opelika
Jaden Xander Cantrell, Piedmont High School, Piedmont
James Alexander Cullen, Piedmont High School, Piedmont
Stevey Wayne Jenkins, Piedmont High School, Piedmont
Sara Elizabeth Luna, Piedmont High School, Piedmont
Ella Kate Brooks, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board
Nethan Ray Crew, Benjamin Russell High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board
Madelyn Reese Friday, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

This year’s AMEA Community College, and/or Vocational/Trade School  Scholarship recipients include:
Zachary Ryan Paul, Elberta High School, Riviera Utilities
Nadya S. K. Heard, LaFayette High School, LaFayette
Vadaja Natae Perry, LaFayette High School, LaFayette
Kayla Michele Hogan, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

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

Public power lends helping hand to south Alabama utilities in aftermath of Hurricane Sally

Electric Cities of Alabama (ECA), through its mutual aid efforts, coordinated the deployment of 18 public power utilities from throughout Alabama, Florida and Louisiana to south Alabama to assist in power restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally.

Hurricane Sally made landfall as a Category 2 storm along Alabama’s gulf coast early Wednesday morning, Sept. 16, bringing with it dangerous storm surges, flooding and damaging winds. At peak, Alabama’s municipal utilities had more than 56,000 customer power outages.

Crews began rolling out Wednesday afternoon enroute to the City of Fairhope, Riviera Utilities in Foley, City of Evergreen, and the City of Robertsdale, said Jonathan Hand, ECA Executive Director. ECA serves as the mutual aid coordinator for 36 municipal electric utilities across the state of Alabama. ECA has an established mutual aid program through which member cities aid fellow member cities. Should the need arise, ECA coordinates all out-of-state requests and response to natural disasters.

“I am so thankful for the hardworking men and women who work for municipally owned electric utilities throughout our state,” said Hand. “When disaster hits, it’s reassuring to know there are public power utilities ready and willing to lend a helping hand.”

Public power utilities assisting in south Alabama include: Cullman Power Board; City of Troy Utilities; Huntsville Utilities; Municipal Utilities Board of Albertville; Dothan Utilities; Decatur Utilities; Guntersville Electric Board; Opelika Power Services; Utilities Board of Tuskegee; Russellville Electric Board; Scottsboro Electric Power Board; Tallahassee, FL; The Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach, FL; Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA), FL; Gainesville, FL; Orlando Utilities Commission, FL; Lafayette Utilities System, LA; Florida Municipal Electric Association; and American Public Power Association.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Donna Key
Director of Communications and Marketing
Electric Cities of Alabama
(334) 954-3221
dkey@electricities.org

AMEA and its Members kick off 2021 Scholarship Program

Will you be graduating from high school in the spring of 2021? Do you receive your electricity from a public 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 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.

To be eligible for an AMEA scholarship, a student’s parent and/or legal guardian must receive electric service 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 AMEA Member cities, or you can go online to the AMEA web site, www.amea.com, Scholarship. Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.

For more information on the program, contact your school counselor or Pamela Poole, AMEA Scholarship 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.

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