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.

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 electricity to AMEA’s 11 Member utilities located across the state. In addition to providing 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, on behalf of its Members, sells the Renewable Energy Certificates associated with the Black Bear Solar Energy Project to third parties.

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.

COVID-19 Resources

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ALtogether Alabama

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From The Governor

https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/covid-19/

Alabama Department of Public Health

ADPH – alabamapublichealth.gov
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AMEA and its Members announce 2020 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 2020 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 192 scholarship applications in the 2020 program.

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 congratulate this year’s scholarship winners.”

This year’s AMEA Academic Scholarship recipients are:

Camryn Marie Benefield, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City
James Andrew Caldwell, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City
Kathryn Elizabeth Crutchfield, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City
Anna Lauren Baldwin, Providence Christian School, Dothan
Katherine Olivia Griffin, Providence Christian School, Dothan
Maggie Lynn Janney, Houston Academy, Dothan
Morgan Hanson Blosser, Fairhope High School, Fairhope
Bethany Grace Graham, Fairhope High School, Fairhope
Rosa Jolie Mastin, Fairhope High School, Fairhope
Kyndall Brady Nelms, Fairhope High School, Fairhope
Max Burton Brown, Daphne High School, Riviera Utilities
Anna Elizabeth Turner, Daphne High School, Riviera Utilities
Jackson Spencer Ward, Daphne High School, Riviera Utilities
Tytiana Keriana Bell, LaFayette High School, LaFayette
Anquavion Jamal Presley, LaFayette High School, LaFayette
Cayla Cheyenne Nelson, Springwood School, Lanett
Jordan Bennett Plank, Springwood School, Lanett
Shamesia Ashanti Pruitt, Lanett High School, Lanett
Rebecca Leigh Billings, Crenshaw Christian Academy, Luverne
Aaliyah Ashanti Monique Harris, Luverne High School, Luverne
Hope Elizabeth Bearden, Opelika High School, Opelika
Dozier Howard Smith T, Opelika High School, Opelika
Hannah Claire Wilson, Opelika High School, Opelika
Elizabeth Grace Goss, Jacksonville Christian Academy, Piedmont
Christian Trey McFarland, Piedmont High School, Piedmont
Adelynn Loraine Straub, Piedmont High School, Piedmont
Silas Christopher Thompson, Piedmont High School, Piedmont
Nicholas Ray Mauldin, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board
Ashlyn Grayce Tyler, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board
Ashleigh Susan Harrison, Booker T. Washington High School, Utilities Board of
Tuskegee
Lane Carter Johnson, Macon East Academy, Utilities Board of Tuskegee
Kaitlyn Michelle Roberts, Edgewood Academy, Utilities Board of Tuskegee
Rachel Wilson Sargent, Macon East Academy, Utilities Board of Tuskegee

This year’s AMEA Community College/Vocational School Scholarship recipients include:

Braxton Lee Ray, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City
Stephen Philip Holliman, Dothan High School, Dothan
Samuel Austin Miller, Daphne High School, Riviera Utilities
Tamara Denise Presley, LaFayette High School, LaFayette
Jordan Jarentae Wallace, LaFayette High School, LaFayette
Judson Dennis Garner, Valley High School, Lanett
Kayonnie Elise Smith, Luverne High School, Luverne
Shakira Alise Upshaw, Luverne High School, Luverne
Zachary Hunter Pierce, Opelika High School, Opelika
Kylie Alexis Loftis, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board
Marlie Elizabeth Sims, Knollwood Christian 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.