TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) and its partners in the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative (TEEI) are excited to launch a monthly newsletter intended to provide news and information about energy-related events and resources.
Launched in March 2013, TEEI’s mission is to provide in-depth training and educational tools to support the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy management projects in all sectors. Last year, through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, TEEI reached more than 2,800 stakeholders through 48 “tuition-paid” workshops and events across the State of Tennessee. TEEI partners also developed a program website, www.tnenergy.org, which features a searchable Online Resource Center with content from TEEI workshops.
This year and moving forward, OEP will continue working with its founding TEEI partners – Pathway Lending, the Industrial Energy Efficiency Network (IEEN), Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council (TREEDC), Tennessee Technology University’s Industrial Assessment Center, and other statewide energy resource providers to support the execution of targeted education and outreach events. In addition, OEP will continue to use annual funding received under the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program to share energy information via the Online Resource Center and OEP website, host workshops and provide technical assistance.
Without further ado, here’s the latest news and events:
Upcoming TEEI Events
Environmental Show of the South
TDEC OEP Director Molly Cripps will moderate a panel presentation on “New Entrants in Electric Generation in the Tennessee Valley” at the 43rd Environmental Show of the South in Gatlinburg on April 30. The panel will be comprised of experts in energy law and federal regulations, and the session will be approved for continuing legal education credits.
Other Upcoming Events
The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) is coming to Nashville’s LP Field on May 20 to host a “Houses That Work” workshop. This U.S. Department of Energy-supported training is designed for builders, contractors, and all other building professionals and offers continuing education credits for National Association of Home Builders, American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Building Design, Building Performance Institute, US Green Building Council, and other certifications. The session will be presented by Justin Wilson of Construction Instruction, a leading building science consultancy firm. Additional information, including a registration link, is available here.
Recent TEEI Events
OEP speaks at 2014 Natural Gas Expo
OEP Senior Program Manager Luke Gebhard joined members of the America Public Gas Association, the Tennessee Gas Association, commercial fleet managers, and other stakeholders at the 2014 Tennessee Natural Gas Expo on March 19 at Legislative Plaza. The one-day event featured speakers from government and industry that focused on natural gas vehicles and technologies and on-site demonstration of natural gas vehicle applications across economic sectors, from passenger vehicles to waste haulers. Luke provided remarks about the economic and environmental benefits of alternative fuel vehicles, such as those that operate on natural gas.
For more information, visit the Tennessee Gas Association at: http://www.tngas.org/Default.aspx.
Tennessee Environmental Conference
Last month, TDEC OEP and TEEI organized and presented an energy session called “Untapped Opportunities for Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency in Tennessee” as part of the Tennessee Environmental Conference, which took place in Kingsport on March 25 and 26. The session kicked off with a discussion between TEEI partners Rick Marsh of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Network and Dr. Ken Currie of Tennessee Tech University regarding energy management strategies in large commercial and industrial facilities. This informative dialogue was followed up with a discussion of financing options that are available to Tennessee businesses and industries. TDEC OEP Director Molly Cripps moderated a panel that consisted of Amy Bunton of Pathway Lending, Stewart Shunk of Ameresco and Frank Rapley of TVA’s Energy Right Solutions program. Financing options that were presented to the audience included Pathway Lending’s Energy Efficiency Loan Program, energy savings performance contracting, and utility incentives for businesses that invest in energy efficiency improvements for their facilities.
Recent News and Reports
Study: Energy Efficiency is Least-Cost Energy Resource for Utilities
A new report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) finds energy efficiency to be the “least-cost energy resource option that provides the best value for America’s energy dollar.” ACEEE, a non-profit energy efficiency research and advocacy organization, conducted a four-year cost analysis of utility energy efficiency programs, from 2009-2012, and concluded that energy efficiency as a resource costs utilities as much as 2 to 3 times less than traditional power sources – at a cost of just 2.8 cents per kilowatt hour in some cases.
The study also found natural gas energy efficiency programs to be effective, at 35 cents per therm compared to 49 cents per therm in 2013, and highlighted the return on investment through energy efficiency programs. The report examined energy efficiency program costs from diverse states across the country, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
To read the full report, visit http://aceee.org/node/3078?id=5189.
Environmental Protection Agency Honors Ducktown, Tennessee with 2014 Clean Air Excellence Award
TEEI congratulates Ducktown Mayor James Talley for earning an EPA 2014 Clean Air Excellence Award in the “Community Action” category for the City’s 28-kilowatt solar array. The awards program, established in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, recognizes and honors both individuals and organizations that have undertaken the risks of innovation, served as pioneers in their fields, advanced public understanding of air pollution and improved air quality. Ducktown utilized funding under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to install the array. The funding was administered through OEP under the Recovery Act.
Environmental Protection Agency Honors 4 Tennessee Organizations with 2014 Energy Star Awards
TEEI congratulates Eastman Chemical Company, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, and Nissan North America for being named Partners in Excellence for being named EPA’s Partners of the Year in Sustained Excellence for continuing “to exhibit exceptional leadership year after year in the Energy Star program while remaining dedicated to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency, “ and to the Tennessee Valley Authority for its Excellence Award, which recognizes “specific activities to promote energy-efficient products, homes, or buildings.”
These 4 Tennessee organizations were chosen from a pool of approximately 16,000 Energy Star partners across the country, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders, for their dedication to protecting the environment through greater energy efficiency. EPA issued a total of 127 awards nationwide.
Do you have an idea, event, or news items to share in an upcoming issue? Please contact Luke Gebhard, Senior Program Manager with TDEC’s OEP, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 615-741-2994.