In time for the holidays, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy released the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide
Access U.S. Department of Energy’s website with alternative fuels data, including station locator
Appalachian Voices, a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency in the southeast region, has created a one-stop shop resource for programs and incentives offered in eight southeastern states, including Tennessee. This interactive resource allows residents to search for energy efficiency programs in their community. For more information, visit the Energy Savings Action Center at http://appvoices.org/saveenergy/.
The University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture houses the Center for Renewable Carbon, which endeavors to consolidate “research, teaching and outreach programs related to bioenergy production and biomaterials processing into one cohesive unit.” For more information, visit http://renewablecarbon.tennessee.edu/
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory oversees the Bioenergy Feedstock Information Network (BFIN), which includes research findings, news and links to countless resources on bioenergy. For more information, visit https://bioenergy.ornl.gov
Presentation by Adam Kustin, President, Shelton Group
Presentation by Andy Hutsell, Engineer, Clayton Homes
Presentation by Melissa Lapsa, Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Presentation by Jeff Rehm, Corporate Sustainability Manager, W.W. Grainger Inc.
Presentation by Robin Heriges, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation Office of Sustainable Practices
The Clean Tennessee Energy Program provides financial assistance to municipal government, county government, utility districts, and other entities created by statute (e.g. airport authority) in Tennessee to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that fit into one of the following eligible project categories:
- Cleaner Alternative Energy: biomass, geothermal, solar, wind
- Energy Conservation: Lighting, HVAC improvements, improved fuel efficiency, insulation, idling minimization
- Air Quality Improvement, including Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), Greenhouse Gases
Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state – at approximately $5.25 million per year.
To learn more, visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/energygrants/