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WHAT'S NEW WITH TN ADVANCED ENERGY? 

It All Began in Chattanooga: DC Delegate Reflects on Recent Visit and Culmination of TAEBC Initiatives

When members of the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) visited Washington, DC in September as delegates to the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, the trip marked the importance the Volunteer State plays in the nation’s advanced energy economy.
 
While the trip provided an opportunity to showcase Oak Ridge National Lab’s (ORNL) achievements in United States (US) clean energy manufacturing competitiveness, it also gave delegates a chance to reflect on TAEBC’s achievements over the past few years and how those successes helped lead to a productive DC visit, culminating in the announcement of two new efforts by Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy David Danielson.
 
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Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy David Danielson introduces new efforts during the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit held in Washington, DC in late September. 

          

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Balfour Beatty invests in energy firm

TAEBC member, Balfour Beatty Investments, has agreed to a deal to acquire Akane Energy, a company described as one of the UK’s fastest growing independent power generators. Alkane Energy specializes in using methane from abandoned coalmines to generate electricity. It has a total of 145MW of installed generating capacity and an electricity grid capacity of 160MW. Read the full story here.  

After 15 years, Ameresco sees bright future in energy efficiency

TAEBC member Ameresco was launched in 2000, as a venture that capitalizes on the concept of saving money through energy efficiency. Today, Ameresco has grown to employ more than 1,000 people in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Chief Executive Officer George Sakellaris said he believes energy efficiency will remain the company’s “bread and butter” in the near future. While some parts of the country have embraced energy-saving technology, others are only beginning to enter the market, creating many opportunities for Ameresco to continue growing in the energy efficiency field. Read the full story here

Sale gives local ARiES Energy firm more firepower

Merging with Nashville manufacturer PHG Energy gives Knoxville clean energy firm and TAEBC member ARiES Energy the strength and reach of a larger organization, from equipment to management and accounting expertise, says its founder Harvey Aboueleta. It’s the second acquisition this year for PHG Energy, which manufactures, sells and installs gasification technology. Read the full story here

Deadline for DOEs Business Voucher Program is October 23

The Small Business Voucher Program, launched by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), will provide up to $20 million in vouchers to small businesses seeking technical expertise in clean technology development and commercialization. Deadline is October 23. TAEBC member Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was selected as one of the five pilot laboratories for the program. ORNL will assist with projects that focus on advanced manufacturing, building technologies, and vehicle technologies. Read more on the program here

DOE announces $5 million in funding for energy planning in 11 states, including Tennessee

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $5 million in funding to 11 states to advance innovative approaches for local clean energy development. Tennessee is among the states that were chosen for this program. Projects include opportunities for innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy practices and state energy planning. In Tennessee TAEBC member, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, will help lead the project. Read the full story here

UT Facilities Services replace EV stations after summer shutdown

TAEBC Charter member, The University of Tennessee Office of Sustainability is making progress in providing a healthy environment for students on campus. As of October 1, the electrical vehicle chargers located on campus, have been replaced and updated after the stations were shut off completely in the summer months due to networking issues. Replacing the chargers with functioning ones acts as part of the Office of Sustainability’s commitment to make UT carbon neutral by 2061. Read the full story here

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Office of Energy & Efficiency seeking feedback on draft multi-year program

The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies office (BTO) has released its draft multi-year Program Plan for public comment. The draft provides a broad overview of building energy use and efficiency opportunities, and the strategies and goals of BTO to substantially accelerate the rate of efficiency improvements in both new and existing residential and commercial buildings over the next five years. Read more on the program plan and leave a public comment here

USDA REAP project applications accepted 

The first application deadline for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Renewable Energy System or Energy Efficiency Improvement projects, with a grant reimbursement amounts less than or equal to $20,000, has been set for 4:30p.m. local time on November 2, and a second application deadline is set for May 2, 2016. For projects and borrowers seeking more than $20,000 in grants, the application deadline is also set for the May 2, 2016 date. Eligible renewable energy projects must incorporate commercially available technology. This includes renewable energy from wind, solar, ocean, small hydropower, hydrogen, geothermal, and renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters). Read more about the application here

Global renewable energy capacity to increase by 700 GW over next 5 years 

With costs falling and emerging economics stepping into the game, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is predicting renewable energy capacity additions to grow 700 GW over the next five years. The IEA published its latest Renewable Energy Medium-Term Market Report 2015, in which it states that renewable energy will represent the single largest source of electricity growth over the next five years, ending with a predicted 700 GW of global renewable energy capacity increase. Read the full story here

Local Motors' Knoxville facility taking shape

Local Motors – which is capitalizing on local resources in 3-D printing to create vehicles through open-source designs – is nearing completion on its 40,000-square-foot “micro-factory” overlooking Pellissippi Parkway between Knoxville and Oak Ridge. The facility – being built with the help of local firms Partners Development, Jenkins & Stiles and Studio 4 Design – will include areas for office, research and development, manufacturing and retail. Read the full story here
 

About Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

TAEBC is the champion of Tennessee’s advanced energy economy. No other entity in the state concentrates specifically on this robust sector. We educate public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy economy, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry.

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