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Field Report: Alliance for Affordable Energy

It’s been an interesting month and a bit busy with a few outreach events. We had the Voodoo Fest; It was a busy three day event collecting signature support for our Energy Efficiency Rules. These rules were released by the Louisiana Public Service Commission in Oct. 2012. These rules begin the steps towards making a statewide Energy Efficiency program. Right now, the only energy efficiency program we have is in the New Orleans Parish called the Energy Smart program, which is a three year program created from an 11 million grant, but it has just over a year left, so the Alliance and the Sierra Club have been working hard at collecting names in support of the new statewide program.

With a lot of help from a few interns from the Alliance and a few AmeriCorps/Vista volunteers we were able to attain over 450 names. The three day event went pretty fast and the music was amazing. I want to thank again those who helped out at the outreach event: Sara, Katie, who are interns from the Alliance. Lindsey from Global Green, Jack (JD), Jean and  Jason our own AmeriCorps/Vista volunteers and Julia and Ross both Avodah volunteers from the Jewish service corps.

Lately. we’ve been busy with a mass mailing for our house party at the Canal Street Inn on Dec. 6th. It’ll be hosted by one of our board members; Monica Ramsey. One of the cool features at the party will be a bike that will generate electricity to keep the Christmas tree lit. This generating electricity bike was built by the Alliance’s Avodah volunteer Julia Michaels, who started volunteering for the Alliance in October. She has been taking her bike to area schools and demonstrating how much power is needed to keep efficiency lights lit compared to the old fluorescent light. She also added a LED light that is even more energy efficient, but right now a bit expensive, but it’s the future of lighting.

The Alliance will continue to work on our outreach events and mass mailing to get the word out about who we are. We recently  got a two year grant for 250.000 dollars for our outreach and communications department. So, as I work thru my next month we have a lot to accomplish before the Holidays are upon us. Over all this was a good month, but another fast one.  I’m looking forward to hiring  interns for the Spring Semester and see what we can accomplish by March 2013 .

-Jon Scott, Tulane AmeriCorps VISTAAlliance for Affordable Energy

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