Alabama's Forests are managed by the Alabama Forestry Commission. The Commission has organized biomass market resources including a number of publications with regard to biomass energy opportunities and harvesting in the state:
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is charged with developing the state's environmental policy, hearing administrative appeals of permits, administrative orders and variances issued by the Department, adopting environmental regulations and selecting an ADEM director.
The Enterprise Zone Program provides certain tax incentives to corporations, partnerships and proprietorships that locate or expand within designated Enterprise Zones. In addition to state-level tax incentives, businesses may also receive local tax and non-tax incentives for locating or expanding within a designated Enterprise Zone.
In May 2006 the governor of Alabama issued Executive Order 33 mandating that state departments and agencies encourage and promote the conservation of energy in state-owned buildings.In November 2011, the governor of Alabama issued Executive Order 25 extending the energy standards for state agencies end goal from Fiscal Year 2010 to Fiscal Year 2015. The initiative aims to reduce energy consumption by 10% in all conditioned, state-owned facilities by the end of Fiscal Year 2008, 20% by Fiscal Year 2010, and 30% by Fiscal Year 2015 (as compared to 2005 levels).
Dixie Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, offers the Energy Resources Conservation (ERC) loan to residential customers pursue energy efficiency measures. The program allows a maximum loan of $5,000 at a 5% interest rate. Funds can be used for improvements, upgrades, gas to electric conversions, or installation of a heat pump system. The payments for the loan are added to the customers' monthly utility bill and can be spread over a maximum of 60 months. Customers may be subject to a credit review and approval. For more information view the web site listed above.
Cullman Electric Cooperative offers rebates to residential customers that make certain energy efficiency improvements to newly constructed, all electric homes. Up to $200 is available per home. Qualifying homes must have electric water heatng, clothes drying, cooking, and a heat pump. A $100 rebate is available to customers who purchase an efficient water heater. These rebates may be received in conjunction with each other. See the program web site or contact Cullman Electric Cooperative for more information about this incentive program.
Cullman Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, has two loan programs. One is the [http://www.cullmanec.com/default.aspx?id=144 Energy Conservation Loan Program], which provides members a loan for insulation or storm windows. Maximum loan is $2,000, payable up to 60 months at a rate of 11%. A list of approved contractors is provided on the web site.
Cherokee Electric Coop offers loans to residential customers for making energy efficiency improvements. In association with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Energy Right program offers loans for residential customers to build new energy efficieny homes and also for the purchase of heat pumps and water heaters. Loans for heat pumps are conveniently added to the monthly power bill. Please contact Cherokee Electric Coop for specific details.