TDEC Launches New Technical Assistance Program to Stimulate Energy Improvement Investments in Tennessee’s Local Jurisdictions and Public Housing Authorities
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced the launch of a new program to provide education, outreach and technical assistance to local jurisdictions and public housing authorities to support implementation of energy efficiency and energy management projects.
With a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs and its subrecipient grantee, expert energy efficiency consultancy group Clean Energy Solutions, Inc., will educate local officials on the benefits of energy efficiency and provide technical assistance on cost-effective energy efficiency measures, such as: building audits and reviews; requests for proposals or requests for qualifications to scope energy efficiency improvement projects; collaborating with energy service companies; benchmarking energy and water usage; measurement and verification of energy savings; and procurement and contracting assistance.
The program will explore major financing options to support energy efficiency improvements, such as energy performance contracting, utility incentives, and utility bill repayments. Other financing options may be identified during the grant period, which currently runs through early 2016.
“TDEC is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with local government and public housing authority partners in an effort to promote energy efficiency in the State’s harder to reach sectors,” said Commissioner Martineau. “We thank the U.S. Department of Energy for providing the funding for TDEC and its partners to provide often-needed technical consultation and support at the local level.”
Tennessee was one of sixteen states to receive a competitive U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program 2013 award overall and just one of six states to receive an award in the “Public Buildings Retrofit” category. Additional information on the State Energy Program 2013 is available online: click here.
The program is available at no cost to local jurisdictions, including city and county governments, and public housing authorities in the State of Tennessee through January 2016. Interested agencies are encouraged to contact Luke Gebhard, Senior Program Manager of TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs, at 615-741-2994 or email@example.com.
University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, in conjunction with TDEC and TVA, hosted a public forum on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan on Tuesday, August 26. In June 2014, the EPA issued proposed guidelines under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, which would regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. EPA expects to issue the final guidelines in June 2015. States will submit implementation plans for compliance within a year following the issuance of the final guidelines.
The forum focused on Tennessee and the Southeast region and addressed some of the questions and concerns being voiced about the proposed guidelines, including potential impacts and compliance approaches. Expert panelists and moderators included TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau, Vicki Arroyo of the Georgetown Climate Center, Beverly Banister of EPA, Brenda Brickhouse and Joe Hoagland of TVA, Michelle Walker of TDEC’s Office of Policy and Planning, Dr. Len Peters of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Dr. Don van der Vaart of North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Kathy Kinsey of Maryland Department of the Environment, Erica Bowman of the America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Alejandra Nunez of Sierra Club, Lloyd Webb of the Tennessee Valley Industrial Committee, and Jeff Phillips of the Electric Power Research Institute. The forum drew an audience that represented diverse industries and interests. The agenda, panelist and moderator bios, and video of the proceedings is available on the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy’s website, www.bakercenter.utk.edu.
TDEC, Tennessee Stormwater Association and Nashville Metro Water Services are partnering up again to host the 2nd Annual Nashville Urban Runoff 5k on Saturday, October 25th. The run begins at Bicentennial Mall State Park and weaves its way past several cool and innovative green stormwater management practices. In addition to viewing examples of ”green” stormwater practices along the route, the race will also parallel and highlight a section of the Cumberland River, Nashville’s most precious water resource for which innovative stormwater design concepts will be key in preserving for future generations. A portion of the net proceeds will go to the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA) to continue to offer this healthy and fun public educational opportunity each year and assist local governments that promote water quality health awareness & local clean water efforts.
Register today to run, walk or volunteer!
News and Notes
TEEI congratulates TDEC’s Matt Milam for his appointment to the Tennessee Mapping Advisory Committee. This committee works to develop a long-range geologic mapping plan for Tennessee, including establishment of mapping priorities. Mr. Milam was selected to represent TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs due to his role as an Energy Services Coordinator – 12 (Energy) and his technological skills with Geographic Information Systems.
Pam Crozier has been named the new Energy Coordinator for USDA’s Rural Development Program in Tennessee. Crozier replaces Will Dodson, who started a new position within USDA’s national Rural Development Office as a Regional Energy Coordinator. In this new role, Mr. Dodson will be covering a multi-state region to manage energy programs at the national level. TEEI welcomes Ms. Crozier in her new role and wishes Mr. Dodson all the best in his new position.
TEEI congratulates Pat Riley, General Manager of Gibson County Utility District, on his appointment as Vice Chairman to the American Public Gas Association’s Natural Gas Vehicle Committee. Under Mr. Riley’s leadership, Gibson County Utility District is undertaking plans for installation of a public compressed natural gas fueling station in Trenton, Tennessee that will provide additional fueling infrastructure in northwest Tennessee.
UPCOMING: Tennessee Renewable Energy Economic Development Council to Hold International Conference in Cookeville
The Tennessee Renewable Energy Economic Development Council (TREEDC) will host its first annual International Renewable Energy Conference on October 12-14, 2014 at Tennessee Tech University’s Cookeville campus. The conference will feature panel sessions on the latest innovations in renewable energy technology. TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs and TEEI partner Pathway Lending will be participating in an energy finance education panel. For more information and to register, click here.