If you want to know more about energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management solutions, you’ve come to the right place. The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative provides training, tools, and potential funding options to help Tennessee organizations take control of their energy usage. Learn how we can help yours.

Join us this Wednesday at the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association (CRMA) Energy Summit.

Join us this Wednesday at the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association (CRMA) Energy Summit.

Hear keynote addresses about the Smart Grid, a TVA update, and discussion about solar power in Tennessee, from Harold DePriest, EPB President, Rob Manning, TVA Executive Vice President and Chief Energy Delivery Officer, and Konrad Bachhuber, Wacker Polysilicon.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Alternative energy trends, renewable energy’s role in energy management, and combined heat and power solutions
  • Briefing on industrial energy resources, including real-time survey with audience participation
  • Monetizing energy solutions and the road to funding

Find out more about this event and the CRMA here.

Tennessee Chamber Makes the Business Case for Smart Energy Use

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Over 100 business leaders and policy makers discuss the importance of efficiency and energy management in the workplace.

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry partnered with the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative to take a “deep dive” into the topic of industrial energy use at its 2013 Manufacturing Excellence Summit. Ned Monroe, Senior Vice President for External Relations, National Association of Manufacturers, welcomed the crowd of over 100 people and kicked off the workshop by discussing the growing importance of smart energy management practices.

Throughout the day, members of national associations, private industry, and the Tennessee State Government echoed the same sentiment: It’s time for business to take a strong look at sustainable, smart energy practices.

Overheard at the Manufacturing Excellence Summit: What’s the market for energy efficiency?

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Panelists from “Effectively Leveraging Your Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Story” (left to right): Rick Marsh, Industrial Energy Efficiency Network; Heidi Smith, TVA Sustainable Community Program; Cortney Piper, Piper Communications; Adam Kustin, Shelton Group

Everyone is talking about energy efficiency, but does the consumer really care?

If you’re reading this, you understand that sustainable business practices could mean big things for Tennessee. Here’s a fact to support that: Tennessee industry could save 2000–4000 gigawatts of energy annually through efficiency measures (that’s 8% of total state use).

So efficient practices could mean big things, but does anyone really care? The short answer is yes, more and more consumers care. So, your business should care too.

Check out news coverage of the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative!

The Jackson Sun, Nashville Post, and The Chattanoogan.com covered the launch of the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative. The initiative was kicked off at the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council (TREEDC) held in Jackson, TN, on Monday, April 22.

Read the full press release here: Energy Education Initiative and Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program Launched in Tennessee.

New lower interest rates announced for energy improvement loans!

Tennessee businesses looking to make energy improvements may have just the motivation they need thanks to a newly lowered interest rate of 2 percent on five-year loans. Available through Pathway Lending, the loan is offered as part of their Energy Efficiency Loan Program in collaboration with TVA, the State of Tennessee, and Pinnacle National Bank.

TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau announced that the interest rate has been lowered to in order to make the program even more beneficial and accessible to Tennessee businesses at the Tennessee Environmental Conference held in Kingsport.

The 2 percent rate is available on five-year loans to businesses that undertake energy projects that include energy-saving measures. Standalone renewable energy projects are eligible to receive ten-year loans at five percent interest.

Read the full press release here: Energy Efficiency Loan Program Interest Rate Lowered, Increases Savings Opportunities For Tennessee Businesses


Welcome to the website and blog for the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative!

Our site is designed to provide Tennessee organizations with access to training, tools, and local events so you can take control of your energy usage. By connecting you with the right resources, expertise, peer experience, and potential funding options, the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative provides a roadmap to successfully navigate the energy landscape.

The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative is brought to you by the State of Tennessee’s Office of Energy Programs, part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Pathway Lending, and other statewide energy resource providers (click here for a list of partners). Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.